2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘Super Pumped’

Super Pumped Soundtrack - Every Song in the Showtime Series

The Super Pumped soundtrack includes music by Pearl Jam, MC5 and R.E.M. This info article contains spoilers for Brian Koppelman and David Levien’s Showtime anthology series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Super Pumped season 1 stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Travis Kalanick, an American entrepreneur. Kyle Chandler co-stars as Bill Gurley, a venture capitalist who agrees to fund Uber. The first season follows Kalanick as he addresses “burn rate” problems while developing a game-changing ride-sharing company. Composer Brendan Angelides (Billions) scored the Showtime series, which includes a variety of alternative rock classics. Here’s every song in Super Pumped, an adaption of Mike Isaac’s 2019 book.

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Super Pumped Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “Grow or Die”

Super Pumped Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • Even Flow” by Pearl Jam (00:20): Bonnie (Elisabeth Shue) asks her sons to chill with their “cage match.” Travis and Cory (Mishka Thébaud) look down as the Super Pumped soundtrack song kicks in. The music continues during an Uber rider appreciation party.
  • “Kick Out the Jams” by MC5 (00:22): Travis speaks at an Uber party. He states that “DUIs are a thing of the past.” The rock song plays as Travis chats with his mother.
  • “Rearviewmirror” by Pearl Jam (00:27): Travis pumps up his Uber employees. The Super Pumped soundtrack song continues as Austin (Kerry Bishé) expresses her support. Travis tries to recruit more drivers.
  • “Do the Evolution” by Pearl Jam (00:44): The alternative rock track scores a montage sequence. Travis rallies his crew and attempts to connect with locals. Austin leads a petition campaign.
  • “First We Take Manhattan” by R.E.M. (00:53): Travis rebrands his company as Uber. Quentin (Noah Weisberg) stands up and proudly claims that he is indeed an “asshole.” The Super Pumped soundtrack song plays as Travis reveals his long-term plans to Emil (Babak Tafti).

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Super Pumped Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “X to the X”

Super Pumped Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2

  • “Breaking the Law” by Judas Priest (00:03): A PBOT officer named Erich England (Fred Armisen) confronts an Uber driver in Portland. The Super Pumped soundtrack song scores a parking violation montage. “Breaking the Law” plays again at 00:48.
  • “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (00:08): Travis teases a company party in Las Vegas. Bill reminds him of bad press from a Miami event. The music can be heard briefly.
  • “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen (00:11): Uber launches Project Greyball. Erich orders a ride. The narrator (Quentin Tarantino) explains the premise of Greyball.
  • “TBA” by Manuel Ponce (00:19): A violinist (Bridgett Gao-Hollitt as Gabi Holzwarth) performs the Super Pumped soundtrack song at a restaurant. Travis listens intently. Emil decides to find out the woman’s name.
  • “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas (00:22): Travis watches a video on YouTube. He observes Gabi performing a cover of the 70s hit.
  • “Spin the Black Circle” by Pearl Jam (00:27): Travis explains Uber’s Core Calue #7: Celebrate Cities. He narrates about the origins of the Italian mafia. Travis details how he will flood the streets of New York.
  • “Jerk It Out” by Caesars (00:31): The Super Pumped soundtrack song plays during a Las Vegas cityscape montage. Bill observes Travis navigating a social event. He congratulations him on a recent victory in New York.
  • “Black Betty” by Ram Jam (00:35): A reporter confronts Travis during a party. The music kicks in during a slo-mo sequence. Travis’ comms team (Virginia Kull as Jill Hazelbaker, Amanda Brooks as Rachel Whetstone) arrive to speak with the reporter.
  • “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac (00:40): Emil breaks down “line items” to Travis. A montage sequence explains the reasons for various bills. The Super Pumped soundtrack song fades as Travis reacts to $25 million worth of charges.

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Super Pumped Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “War”

Super Pumped Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3

  • “Getaway” by Pearl Jam (00:02): The Super Pumped soundtrack song plays during an opening time-lapse sequence. The camera captures vehicles navigating the Golden Gate Bride in San Francisco. “Getaway” fades as Travis discusses Uber’s market control.
  • “What’d I Say” by Ray Charles (00:09): Quentin Tarantino narrates about war strategy. Austin speaks with a Lyft driver. Tarantino continues narrating about business ethics.
  • “Rhymin & Stealin” by Beastie Boys (00:27): Travis and Bill discuss the practices of Mahatma Gandhi. The music scores an extended office montage. Travis and Emil strategize together.
  • “JimmyJazz” by The Clash (00:30): Travis takes a late-night Lyft trip with three colleagues. He looks unhappy while riding in the back seat. The Super Pumped soundtrack song plays as Travis thinks about “two levels of service.”
  • “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen (00:38): Travis meets with Larry Page (Ben Feldman). He imagines them having fun together as friends. Travis returns to reality.
  • “Corduroy” by Pearl Jam (00:59): Bill take an Uber ride to the company’s headquarters. He arrives and tries to use his VIP card. The track continues during the end credits.

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Super Pumped Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “Boober”

Super Pumped Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4

  • “Rooster” by Alice in Chains (00:02): The music scores a sequence in Rio de Janeiro. An Uber driver gets attacked by two passengers. The Super Pumped soundtrack song continues as Travis makes a “boober” joke while speaking with a female journalist.
  • “Can’t Keep” by Eddie Vedder (00:07): Bill references a 2011 meeting with Travis. A flashback sequence shows the characters discussing business culture at “Gil’s porch.” Bill and Travis strategize against each other in the present during a shareholders meeting.
  • “House of Jealous Lovers” by The Rapture (01:02:00): Bill realizes that he was played Travis and David Bonderman (Chelcie Ross). The music sets in as he withdraws a tipping vote.
  • “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5 (01:04:00): Travis leaves a night club. He catches an Uber ride and gets recognized by the driver. The Super Pumped soundtrack song drops as Apple employees learn about Uber’s sketchy data-collecting techniques.

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Super Pumped Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5 “The Charm Offensive”

Super Pumped Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5

  • “That’s the Way (I Like It)” by KC & The Sunshine Band (00:08:00): Travis explains his motivations to Tim Cook (Hank Azaria). The Super Pumped soundtrack song scores a global map sequence. Travis details the need to “take China.”
  • “brutal” by Olivia Rodrigo (00:20:00): Susan Fowler (Eva Victor) breaks the fourth wall. She comments about finding a new team while floating in “Uber Limbo.” The music continues as Susan reveals her strategy.
  • “I Love It” by Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX (00:22:00): Susan speaks about sexual harassment and the importance of personal storytelling. She continues talking to the audience as the song plays in the background. Susan details harassment faced by her colleague Allison (Rachel Paulson).
  • “Swngin Party” by The Replacments (00:35:00): The Super Pumped soundtrack song accompanies a restaurant sequence. Travis sets in motion his plan for “The Charm Offensive.” He states that “I am one classy motherfucker” while hanging out with Emil.
  • “Stompin’ at the Savoy” by Benny Goodman (00:43:00): Travis has dinner with colleagues. The music drowns out various conversations. Travis executes his charm plan.
  • “Here Comes a Regular” by The Replacements (00:55:00): Travis leaves an Apple building. He sighs as the track plays during a transition sequence. Susan reflects on a strange year at Uber.
  • “World Wide Suicide” by Pearl Jam (00:58:00): Bill meets with David Bonderman. Travis learns about a Google lawsuit. The Super Pumped soundtrack song plays during the end credits.

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Super Pumped Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “Delete Uber”

Super Pumped Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6

  • “Force of Nature” by Pearl Jam (00:02): A meeting begins at Uber. The Super Pumped soundtrack song plays during a statistics/news report sequence. Tarantino narrates about Dan O’Sullivan (Nick Fondulis).
  • “Comprendes, Mendes?” by Control Machete (00:20): Another statistics sequence details Uber’s struggles. Tarantino introduces Eric Holder (Hill Harper). Travis and Emil watch the man’s arrival.
  • “We Come Together” by Aiden J (00:27): Travis and Emil arrive at a Seoul karaoke bar in 2015. Gabi states that she wants to sing a Madonna tune. The music drops as Travis and Emil learn about a potential news scandal.
  • “Masters of War” by Eddie Vedder (00:38): Travis thinks about an upcoming meeting with Holder. Documents are printed about “confidential findings” in regard to Uber. The Super Pumped soundtrack song plays as Travis tries to reach his mother, Bonnie.
  • “Better Man” by Pearl Jam (00:42): Travis visits his ailing father. He complains about a “dipshit hospital.” Travis bonds with Arianna as his brother watches.
  • “Song” by Artist (00:52): Arianna announces that Emil has been let go. An Uber employee meets with a reporter. The Super Pumped soundtrack song closes out the episode.

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Super Pumped Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “Same Last Name”

Super Pumped Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7

  • “Alive” by Pearl Jam (00:02): Tarantino narrates about a “God-child” who comes to save the world. The track plays during a montage. Tarantino discusses Uber’s methods and results.
  • “Yellow Ledbetter” by Pearl Jam (00:54): Bill finishes a conversation with Travis. Arianna changes the name of the “War Room” to “Peace Room.” Travis heads to the airport; the Super Pumped soundtrack song scores the final epilogue and end credits.

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