The book that's coming in February, Casualties, was also easy. I've already done the playlist for that.
I had a difficult time coming up with a playlist for Dark Crescent. On the one hand, Bud listens primarily to classic rock. Nothing wrong with that, but most classic rock doesn’t lend itself thematically to the story.
On the other hand, Nita listens to country music—not anything new...more along the lines of Patsy Cline. I know it because I know her character, but it never comes up in the book. Would it have added something?
On the other other hand, I don’t listen to much that lends itself to Quentin’s state of mind. I look at song titles by deathmetal bands like Cannibal Corpse and some of that may fit there, but ugh. I couldn’t listen past the first few bars of “Meat Hook Sodomy,” and for that, I'm kinda glad.
As always, your mileage may vary, and this is really just a starting point. The songs I picked do have a certain lyric or voice that speaks to me.
Doctor My Eyes (Jackson Browne)
Let it Bleed (Rolling Stones)
Mother (The Police)
Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden)
Closer (Nine Inch Nails)
Close My Eyes Forever (Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford)
Nasty Habits (Oingo Boingo)
The Future is Now (The Offspring)
(Don't Fear) The Reaper (Blue Öyster Cult)
Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Learn to Live (Darius Rucker)
Brain Damage (Pink Floyd)
In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)
The Things We Do For Love (10cc)
Read the book and see for yourself. Whatever music resonates with your mind-movie of the story should probably be added to this list. I'd love to see what you hear when you read it.