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Critical Role Celebrity Playlist: Scanlan’s Playlist by Sam Riegel
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Critical Role Celebrity Playlist: Scanlan’s Playlist by Sam Riegel

In case you haven’t joined the Critter community yet, Critical Role is our Dungeons & Dragons RPG show where a group of geeky voice actors roleplay fantastic and memorable stories. Though they’ve wrapped up their current adventure, the world lives on in the Critical Role sourcebook, our Chronicles of Exandria art book, the Vox Machina comic book, and in song through character playlists, like this one.

How can we simply not adore Scanlan Shorthalt? He was always good for a jaunty tune or a quick laugh (and usually both together), but his good nature hid a thoughtfulness and fondness for his friends in Vox Machina. Don’t let the jokes and innuendo fool you: there’s a heart of gold in that there gnome.

Sam Riegel, who played Scanlan on his journey, created a playlist for the beloved character and has provided insight with each song selection below.

(You’re The) Devil In Disguise – Elvis Presley

Scanlan loved his time as the “Meat Man,” but was relieved to return to Vox Machina. His criminal alter ego was a heavy mask to wear.

Ducky Boy – Jurassic 5

An homage to Lionel “Chod” Gayheart, the best duck/employee/friend a mid-level crime lord has ever known.

I Used to Love Him – Lauryn Hill & Mary J. Blige

One night, Scanlan fell in love with Percy. Then, just like that, the love was gone. He may never understand why.

Library Magic – The Head and the Heart

The adventure in Ioun’s vast library was the bard’s ultimate test…

Raise the Knowledge – Gogol Bordello

… Luckily, music was the key to unlocking the knowledge of a god.

Third Eye – Florence + the Machine

And, all of a sudden, Scanlan could see the world in a brand new light.

Blue Angel – Roy Orbison

Come on, Planetars are pretty much the coolest beings ever. Right?

My Evil Twin – They Might Be Giants

Heading into the final battle against Vecna, Scanlan needed help. So he turned to the one person he admired most – himself.

Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice

Oops. Scanlan #2 was made of ice. Oh well.

I Put a Spell on You – Nina Simone

Mr. Shorthalt never really trusted his own power, never believed he was valuable to his allies… that is, until it really mattered.

I Wish You Peace – Eagles

The wish Scanlan wanted to make will go un-wished. But he’ll never stop wishing for Vax’s eternal happiness.

The Book Of Love – The Magnetic Fields

In the end, Scanlan’s story is a love story. And it’s the best book he’s ever written.

You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

Pike. It was always Pike… Always.

Chapel of Love – The Dixie Cups (from Full Metal Jacket Soundtrack)

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present… Mr. and Mrs. Scanlan Trickfoot.

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Featured Image Credit: Wesley Griffith @justwesley

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