Renowned singer and songwriter Alanis Morissette has recently recorded and released a fresh cover rendition of the main title theme song, “No Return,” from Showtime’s series “Yellowjackets.”
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Viewers who tuned in to the fourth episode of “Yellowjackets,” available on Showtime’s streaming service on the evening of April 13, were in for a surprise as Morissette’s new rendition of the song accompanied the show’s opening credits. It’s worth noting that this new version of the song is exclusive to Episode 4, and the original theme song will make its return in Episode 5. However, audiences should keep an eye out for Morissette’s song making appearances at various points throughout the season.
The original “No Return,” known for its haunting and psychedelic qualities, was composed by Craig Wedren and Anna Waronker, the talented musicians responsible for the show’s music.
In her own words, Morissette shared her thoughts: “I have a deep appreciation for the original rendition of ‘No Return’; it’s truly a flawless song. The prospect of reimagining it was somewhat daunting, but I found connections between ‘Yellowjackets’ and my approach to songwriting. There’s that raw intensity, that fearlessness in tackling the unfiltered, which resonated with me.”
She continued, “Throughout my career, I’ve been dedicated to championing the empowerment of women and those who are sensitive, all while seeing the world through a female perspective. What’s particularly remarkable about this show is that each character is allowed to be multi-dimensional and intricate, rather than being portrayed as simplified, one-dimensional versions of women.”
Reflecting on their creative process, Craig Wedren and Anna Waronker, in a conversation with Variety last year, recognized the need for the main title theme to possess an element of “spookiness.” To achieve this, they turned to a vintage Farfisa organ, as Wedren explained, “There’s nothing quite as eerie and entertaining as a Farfisa; it’s a classic sound that exudes a sense of thriller.”
When it came to penning the lyrics, Waronker explained that they followed a more intuitive approach, allowing whatever thoughts and phrases that felt fitting, whether they made logical sense or not. As she put it, “We went with whatever came to mind that felt like the right thing to say, whether it made sense or not. After all, does the show itself even adhere to conventional logic?”
Wedren chimed in, “It did take some time to discover the right combination of words that truly encapsulated the essence of ‘Yellowjackets.’ We aimed to evoke the imagery, emotions, relationships, and overall uncanny atmosphere of the show without giving away any significant details.”