I have often wondered how the process works. Does the artist/publisher get advanced notice the song will be used or is it in a catalog of available songs?
SONY Music owns the songs and SONY records owns the recordings. In the beginning, they'd ask us permission about usages, but as time went by, we only need to know if it is a controversial ask. We really haven't had any of those. General horror and supernatural is sort of our wheelhouse. Cultural and time period cues also, at this point.
As I become an old man, having "Reaper" ripple out into the culture is a source of life satisfaction.
Buck, here's a tiny bit more life satisfaction for you - it's about all I have to offer you tonight:
In regards to my Firefly Lane DFTR sighting a few posts back, Netflix has actually put the first 6 minutes of the show on the web, no subscription required. It's the exact part I described - the DFTR part! The DFTR part quits shortly after the 4 minute mark. They also have a short write-up about the new season, mentions BÖC and DFTR.
I think it was pretty cool of Netflix to feature the DFTR and BÖC in their "First Look" article. The even use the umlaut in the video "credit" and the article.
Here's a website that has compiled a list of over 75 DFTR covers. Most have a play on YouTube icon. Most everything in a blue/green font is a link, like the (best version) link near the top. I recognize the name of a few of the cover bands, like Goo Goo Dolls, Big Country, and L.A. Guns, but not the rest. But some of you might be familiar with some of the others. The covers range from really good to really bizarre, depending on your taste. I guess I have to give most of them some credit for doing a cover in the first place. I've only sampled a few and some really drift off from what I think Buck would think is a good interpretation. I don't expect any will beat "the original".
I saw Mike Masse play DFTR Live at The Redneck Country Club. Met him and gave him some kind of BD artifact.
Looking at some of the covers of BOC material, there is a lot of talent out there, probably a lot of it untapped. Some here that do covers of various tunes in places like BBQ joints, etc. on the surface appear to arrange some lucrative local gigs playing at private events though. Will never make it big, but probably makes a lot of people happy. Good for them.