You probably don't recognize the name Robert Duncan, just as you might not be aware of the cancelled FX show Terriers for which his song "Gunfight Epiphany" acted as both the opening and closing theme. These are two things I'd really like to rectify.
The art of composing music for film and television is often as underappreciated as television shows themselves, which is surely the case with 2010's FX series Terriers. Starring the excellent Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James as a pair of unlicensed private investigators in Southern California, the series featured an intricate plot, intelligent dialogue, and some amazing tunes courtesy of Canadian film and television composer Robert Duncan.
The surfer shootout greatness of "Gunfight Epiphany" perfectly matched the tone of the show, capturing the spirit of its two wastrels whose simple needs get them caught up in something much bigger than themselves yet taking it all in stride.
Despite appearing on a number of best new television show lists in 2010, Terriers was canned, largely in part to a level of marketing that bordered on hushed whispers in dark alleys.
Luckily for us the show's entire run is now available to watch on Netflix. It was a holiday marathon of the show that got "Gunfight Epiphany" stuck in my head. You're welcome to get it stuck in yours.