It’s one of our very favorite TV shows, so we were psyched to find out that the producers of AMC’s hit drama, “Breaking Bad” had reached out to one of Nippertown’s longest-running bands to provide some of the music for an upcoming episode.
The veteran Verona-based Fritz’s Polka Band can be heard in the “Hermanos” episode of “Breaking Bad,” which is slated to air on the AMC cable channel at 10 EST on Sunday (September 4). The song is “Grandparent’s Polka,” penned by the band’s co-founder Fred Scherz, who passed away in 2009.
“The guys in FPB were really excited when we found out that representatives of a top-rated TV show were interested in our music,” says Fritz Scherz, bandleader of Fritz’s Polka Band and the son of Fred Scherz. “On the personal side, I’m so happy that a tune my dad wrote – and which I helped out a bit with – got selected. I can’t disclose specifics of the scene, but I was told the song should definitely be audible. The guys in Fritz’s Polka Band are so thrilled about this and want to publically thank the various representatives that were involved in this process, especially Joe Siedlik, Yvette Metoyer and Edward Starnes.”
“Grandparent’s Polka” can also be heard on FPB albums “FPB On Tap” (2005) and “Live at the New York State Fair” (2006).
“Breaking Bad” isn’t FPB’s first experience with soundtracking, either. Although they were left on the cutting room floor for the theatrical release, the band appears on the DVD for Jonathan Demme’s “The Manchurian Candidate,” which was released in 2004.
While most of their gigs are in central NYS, look for FPB to make a few performances in Nippertown next month, including the Oktoberfest celebrations at the Adirondack Pub & Brewery in Lake George, as well as Brown’s Brewing Co. in Troy, both on Saturday, October 15.