I've loved Michael Rooker's gravel pit of a voice for over 25 years, but I never knew until today how much I wanted to hear him sing.
This is the guy who played Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead, and Yondu in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, and the serial killer Henry in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Not exactly an actor you'd ever think of as a song and dance man. But sing he does in this track from The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking. The song's called "Someplace" and it's a surprisingly sweet ballad about Merle's love for racism and PCP and the N word during his stint abandoned on top of a Rich's or whatever in downtown Atlanta during that first season. Check it out, especially for the backing vocals. That backup singer, Melissa McBride, is going places. She might even be the next Sheryl Crow.
"Someplace" can be found on The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Talking soundtrack, which will be out tomorrow, Friday, March 23, on all the major digital music platforms and streaming services. That means your iTunes, your Spotify, your Amazon, your Pandora, and what have you. Other songs on the soundtrack include "Do the Negan," with lead vocals from Jeffrey Dean Morgan; "Welcome to Terminus," as sung by Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe; and "Dale Dale the RV King," with Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride playing entirely different Walking Dead characters than the ones they play on TV.
Listen to "Someplace" above, and check out the full soundtrack tomorrow, and the DVD and Blu-ray of the entire special on Tuesday, March 27.