If you enjoyed how last Thursday’s (March 6) episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” exclusively used ’80s cover songs for its soundtrack, then you’re in luck — the ABC medical drama will feature only modern covers of popular ’80s songs for the remainder of Season 10.
Showrunner Shonda Rhimes came up with the idea, and it’s already been in place, as the ’80s Covers project started with the Feb. 27 episode which featured Sleeping at Last’s cover of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Rhimes and music supervisor Alex Patsavas announced that it would continue on for the rest of the season.
“Shonda had this idea back in the fall and we started to talk about songs she knew would make sense with the story,” Patsavas tells THR. “We started with a couple of songs that she was interested in seeing if there were great modern interpretations for but at some point along the way she felt strongly that the way to tell the story in the second half of the season was to use modern interpretations of her favorite songs of the ’80s and the songs she felt would tell the story the best.”
Rhimes didn’t know if the idea was a good one at first. “I called Alex Patsavas with what I worried was a bad idea: I wanted to see if we could find covers of ’80s songs. I didn’t know if this ’80s covers project was a good/tasteful idea or not but I knew that Alex would know,” Rhimes says. “Happily, Alex told me she loved the idea. She then asked me to make a list of songs I wanted to hear covered. I went off and wrote down every ’80s song that I ever loved, and I made this very long list. Then Alex did what Alex does best — she went out and found amazing bands that had covered these songs. It’s honestly become the most fun part of my job.”
And now that a few episodes have featured a few covers, Rhimes is going full steam ahead and only including cover songs. “We started slowly, introducing maybe one song into an episode and built from there. Now my vision is complete — the shows are now all ’80 covers all the time,” Rhimes says.
What do you think of this major musical change on “Grey’s Anatomy?” Do you like that the show will only feature ’80s covers?
“Grey’s Anatomy” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.