2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘Guilty Party’

Guilty Party Soundtrack - Every Song in the Paramount+ Series

The Guilty Party soundtrack includes music by Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Michael Legrand and Paul Young. This info article contains spoilers for Rebecca Addelman’s Paramount+ series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Guilty Party stars Kate Beckinsale as a disgraced journalist named Beth Baker. She loses her job at “The Denver Chronicle” and hopes to land a big story while working at “Pop Bite News.” First-time TV actress Jules Latimer co-stars as a convicted killer named Toni who asks Beth to investigate her case. Musically, the series incorporates various genres of music. Here’s a breakdown of every featured song in Guilty Party.

Guilty Party Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “The Last Real Journalist Working in Denver”

Guilty Party Soundtrack on Paramount - Season 1, Episode 1 Songs

  • “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by Ol’ Dirty Bastard (00:00): The Guilty Party soundtrack music scores the opening sequence. Four years prior to the main timeline, Wallace Plimpton (Cody Kearsley) cooks and smokes while singing the hip-hop classic. The scene functions as the incident incident for the murder mystery narrative.
  • “Di-Gue-Ding-Ding” by Michael Legrand (00:05): Beth complains about the on-camera demeanor of Channel 24 News reporter Tessa Flores (Alanna Ubach). The song continues during an exterior driving shot in Denver. “Di-Gue-Ding-Ding” fades as Beth arrives at “The Denver Chronicle” and steals her former boss’ fish.
  • “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by El Michels Affair (00:29): The song plays after Beth visits Wyatt Plimpton (Andre Hyland). A cover version scores the end credits.

Guilty Party Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “Crazy Bitches Who Kill”

Guilty Party Soundtrack on Paramount - Season 1, Episode 2 Songs

  • “Everytime You Go Away” by Paul Young (00:22): Tessa trolls Beth by leaving her with a journalism trophy. Beckinsale’s character then cries in her vehicle while driving home. The Guilty Party soundtrack song plays as George (Laurie Davidson) tails Beth.
  • “I Can Help” by Billy Swan (00:28): Toni (Jules Latimer) agrees to work with Beth. The journalist walks to her car as the music ramps up. “I Can Help” continues during the end credits.

Guilty Party Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “You Might Be All She’s Got”

Guilty Party Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 3

  • “She’s a Bitch” by Missy Elliott (00:01): The Guilty Party soundtrack music scores the opening sequence. Tony cruises around the Denver area at night. She arrives at Wallace’s home with a gun.
  • “Optimo” by Liquid Liquid (00:17): Beth leaves Pisces Pet Emporium. She follows a Mile High Linens vehicle. The music fades when Wyatt enters Good Clean Sun Tanning Salon.

Guilty Party Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “Let’s Make This Man Hurt”

Guilty Party Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 4

  • “Searching (For Someone Like You)” by Kitty Wells (00:05): George puts Beth in his trunk. Beckinsale’s character pokes her head through the back seat. Beth asks George to betray his boss.
  • “Party Like Cowboyz” by Big & Rich (00:08): George leaves Beth on the side of a road. She stumbles upon a female wedding party.
  • “Rocky Mountain Breakdown” by Poco (00:10): Fiona speaks about her recent break-up. Beth keeps her focuses on the task at hand — finding information about a gun-trafficking circle. The Guilty Party soundtrack song plays during a social gathering.
  • “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X (00:12): A cowboy acapella group harmonizes together. The music cuts during a photography sequence.
  • “Riviera Carnival” by Mark Wirtz Orchestra & Chorus (00:15): Fiona poses during a photo shoot. She gets the photographer Ron (Donavon Stinson) excited. Fiona requests to see “the good stuff.”
  • “I Only Have Eyes for You” by The Flamingos (00:16): Beth gives George a glass of champagne. She requests a dance. George recalls the first time he met Toni.
  • “Idiot Lights” by Boris McCutcheon (00:24): Beth meets George’s boss, Charles “Tuna” Billingham (Elias Koteas). They discuss how she ended up at the wedding party. Beth admits that she’s a journalist.
  • “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” by The Chocolate Watchband (00:30): Fiona shoots an attacker. She escapes and reunites with Beth. They spot a room full of people with guns and flee from the building as the episode ends.

Guilty Party Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5 “Stop Being a Coward and Take the Meat”

Guilty Party Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 5

  • “Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)” by The Viscounts (00:00): The Guilty Party soundtrack music scores the opening sequence. Toni receives a visit from Patty (Linda Kash), a country woman with a crush and a hidden cell phone.
  • “Wheel of Fortune” by Susan Raye (00:31): Beth arrives at Pulaski Park. She investigates a claim about Toni’s daughter. The episode ends as Beth reaches an epiphany.

Guilty Party Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “Your Mama Loves You”

Guilty Party Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 6

  • “When the World’s on Fire” by Alex Bradford (00:01): Beth visits with Deb, the foster mother of Toni’s daughter, Laila. The camera captures various religious items in the home. Deb reveals that she plans for a closed adoption.
  • “On & On” by Erykah Badu (00:14): The Guilty Party soundtrack music scores a phone call scene. Beth looks at items in Toni’s home. She states that the singer is from her generation, so she is familiar with the music.
  • “Scrape” by Party Favor (00:18): Wyatt cruises in his Mile High Linen Co. vehicle. The music fades as he talks about Beth with George. Wyatt gets amped up during the “drop” section of the song.

Guilty Party Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “Your Mama Loves You”

Guilty Party Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 7

  • “Drifter in the Dark” by Ween (00:03): Fiona and Beth discuss Toni’s case. The Guilty Party soundtrack song kicks in during a character line about book sponsors. Fiona walks away with a Gun Sluts logo on the back of her top.
  • “Good Vibes Only” by Nbhd Nick (00:11): Beth visits Toni’s friends. The music fades as the characters discuss the prison inmate.
  • “Cruisin'” by D’Angelo (00:14): George works out at home. He gazes at his visage in a mirror. The music drops when Wyatt arrives.
  • “Biddie Pop” by Chel Strong (00:23): Beth visits a night club with Toni’s friends. They wait in line as the Guilty Party soundtrack music plays. “Becky with the good hair” (Beth) gets checked by a security guard.
  • “Cash App” by Dae Jones (00:23): Becky enters a night club. The music fades when she asks Toni’s friends about their past experiences at the establishment.
  • “Teach Me How to Dougie” by Cali Swag District (00:24): Toni’s friends, the “Step Soldiers,” groove to the song. They dance in unison while Beth gleefully watches. The group stops when they reach Toni’s solo dance section.
  • “Beez in the Trap” by Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz (00:31): The Guilty Party soundtrack tune scores the end credits.

Guilty Party Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8 “I Thought We Were Friends”

Guilty Party Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 8

  • “Fallin'” by Connie Francis (00:07): Marco and Tessa chat after hooking up. George works on his vehicle. The Guilty Party soundtrack music fades as Davidson’s character regrets sending numerous dick pics to Beth.
  • “Chokechain” by 3OH!3 (00:17): Wyatt cleans a rifle in his front yard pool. George leaves a voicemail for Beth. Wyatt plans a trip to Yuma, Arizona.
  • “The Girl on Death Row” by Lee Hazlewood & Duane Eddy & His Orchestra (00:25): Beth visits Toni on Death Row. The inmate lashes out and refuses to continue speaking with her visitor. Beth tears up as the episode ends.

Guilty Party Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 9 “Acts of Devotion”

Guilty Party Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 9

  • “Idomeneo Re Di Creta, K. 366: Act II Scene 3” by San Carlo Theatre Orchestra & Marco Guidarini (00:10): Amber tells Beth to leave her office. She embraces Fiona. Beth returns a fish to her former boss, Ravi, who listens to the Guilty Party soundtrack music during a workout.
  • “Islands in the Stream” by Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers (00:13): Tristram (Ferras Alqaisi) plays the piano at the home of Beth’s mother, Susan (Cybill Shepherd). The characters recall listening to the song in 1984. Beth and Susan perform a duet in front of a crowd.

Guilty Party Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 10 “Guilty Party”

Guilty Party Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 10

  • “King Kunta” by Kendrick Lamar (00:01): The Guilty Party soundtrack music scores a flashback sequence. George visits the home of Wallace. The music fades when the characters begin arguing.
  • “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by Ol’ Dirty Bastard (00:03): Wallace physically attacks George and threatens him.  He then cooks and raps to himself — a callback to the opening of the series. George shoots Wallace in the back of the head.
  • “The Genies” by Who’s That Knocking (00:22): Toni attacks Patty at her home. The two women scuffle on the porch. The music drops when Patty falls and hits her head on a rock.
  • “You Wild Colorado” by Johnny Cash (00:29): Beth says goodbye to Marco. She leaves in a vehicle with Toni. The Guilty Party soundtrack song plays during the final moments of season 1 and scores the end credits.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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