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Soundtracks of Television: ‘Minx’

Minx Soundtrack - Every Song in the HBO Max Series

The Minx soundtrack includes music by Big Ella, Shocking Blue and Midnight Flyer. This info article contains spoilers for Ellen Rapoport’s HBO Max series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Minx stars Ophelia Lovibond as Joyce, a Vassar-educated feminist who starts her own magazine in 1970s Los Angeles. Jake Johnson co-stars as Doug, an adult entertainment publisher who believes in Joyce’s vision. The storyline follows the protagonists as they develop an erotic magazine for women. The official soundtrack was assembled by music supervisor Brienne Rose (Emily in Paris). Here’s every featured song in Minx.

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Minx Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “Not like a shvantz right in the face”

Minx Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • “The Queen” by Big Ella (00:03): Joyce looks at Doug’s business card. The Minx soundtrack song plays as she enters a publishing conference. Joyce makes her presentation for “The Matriarchy Awakens.”
  • “Three Day Loser” by Joy of Cooking (00:05): Joyce ends a conversation with Doug. She drives home and listens to music in her car The tune drops as Joyce meets with Glenn (Michael Angarano); it plays again at 07:00.
  • “I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy (00:13): Joyce seeks advice from her sister, Shelly (Lennon Parham). She sings in her vehicle while navigating Los Angeles.
  • “Bee Hive, Part 1” by Roy Roberts Experience (00:13): Joyce arrives at Bottom Dollar Publications. She is greeted by Bambi (Jessica Lowe). The Minx soundtrack song continues as Joyce receives a tour.
  • “Late Night Mama” by Christopher Blue (00:18): Joyce types at her desk. The track scores a driving sequence. The music fades as Joyce speaks with Doug about “potential models.”
  • “Mr. Big Stuff” by Jean Knight (00:21): Various male models drop their pants at Bottom Dollar Publications. Joyce and her colleagues react to penis sizes and shapes.
  • “Easy” by Mata Hari (00:23): The Minx soundtrack song scores a bar sequence. Joyce and her colleagues discuss their first meeting with Shane (Taylor Zakhar Perez). She receives a ride home from Bambi.
  • “Dark Road” by Christopher (00:26): Joyce speaks at The Pulitzer Prizes in 1971. She talks about compromising her vision and then gets hit by a tomato. Gloria Steinem (Mercedes Manning) says that “Compromise is for those who lack the will to fight.”
  • “Do You Know What I Mean” by Lee Michaels (00:29): Joyce and Shelly look at a Burt Reynolds centerfold. The music continues during a transition sequence. Joyce arrives at Bottom Dollar Publications.
  • “8000 Volts” by Ivan Basilio & I Sergowa (00:33): Shane poses during a photoshoot. Doug tells Joyce that she “pulled a rabbit out of a hat.”
  • “Venus” by Shocking Blue (00:34): Doug requests a revised title for his new magazine. Joyce comes up with “Minx.” The Minx soundtrack song scores the end credits.

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Minx Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “Au revoir, le double dong”

Minx Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2

  • “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'” by The Rhinos (00:02): Bambi provides a creative character spin during a “Bad Girls High” shoot. Staci (Kim Senser) poses for the director, Phil (David Lee Hess). The Minx soundtrack song scores the title sequence.
  • “Right On” by Carleen & The Groovers (00:04): Joyce and Doug discuss possible investors. The music plays during a car sequence. Joyce and Doug meet with various industry people.
  • “Shuffle Board” by Gerhard Narholz & Gisela Zimber (00:09): The music plays during a country club sequence. Shelly looks at a photo of Shane. Joyce worries about Doug’s ads killing “Minx.”
  • “Time” by Female Species (00:10): Joyce experiences an epiphany. She speaks with several CEOs at a golf course about her magazine. The Minx soundtrack song plays as Joyce learns about ad strategies.
  • “The Road” by Lord Kitchener (00:15): Joyce arrives at a hotel. She spots her ex-boyfriend, Glen. Joyce meets Kitty Lawson (Mia Ford).
  • “King of the Golden Hall” by Stonehenge (00:17): Doug and his colleagues arrive at an ad party. The music scores a stylized slo-mo sequence. Doug smiles at an older guest.
  • “The Learned Man” by F.J. McMahon (00:14): Mr. Ross (Stephen Tobolowsky) recovers after a choking incident. Bambi chats with her colleagues. The music plays as Joyce reflects about attacking Mr. Ross.
  • “In My Eyes” by Midnight Flyer (00:27): Joyce plays a record. She locks the doors and thinks about her sister’s sex toy advice. The Minx soundtrack song scores the end of the episode as Joyce masturbates and designs “The Pleasure Garden.”

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Minx Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “Norman Mailer, Samantha Shortcake”

Minx Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3

  • “Ain’t No Sunshine” by TBA (00:01): The Minx soundtrack song scores the opening sequence. An instrumental version of the Bill Withers hit plays as Doug and Tina visit a construction site.
  • “You Know Your Love” by The Wildweeds (00:02): A construction worker confronts Doug. He threatens to kick his ass. Doug and Tina flee as the song kicks in.
  • “Red Spoon Gravy” by Pretty (00:03): A police officer takes items from Joyce. Rita informs her colleague about a raid. The track accompanies the title sequence.
  • “Morning” by Frumpy (00:07): Doug tells Joyce to figure out a deadline issue. The Minx soundtrack song plays as he visits San Fernando Valley City Hall. Doug brings flowers to Councilwoman Bridget Westbury (Amy Landecker).
  • “Hot Pants” by Carleen & The Groovers (00:10): Doug finishes a conversation with Councilwoman Westbury. Tommy (Jaeden Bettencourt) arrives at Bottom Dollar Publications with his mother, Shelly. Joyce speaks with her nephew.
  • “One Alone Together” by F.J. McMahon (00:12): Joyce gives Tommy advice. The song plays briefly as Doug chats with Tina.
  • “What a Way to Die” by The Pleasure Seekers (00:15): Amber (Olivia Rose Keegan) speaks with Tommy. The model muses about brightening his day. The Minx soundtrack song continues as Joyce looks through her article archive.
  • “Can I Get a Witness” by Lulu (00:25): Joyce locates Richie and Bambi. She apologizes for stealing their joy.
  • “We Got to Start Over (1968)” by The Turbines (00:26): Joyce works with Richie and Bambi. She structures the new magazine publication. The music fades as Doug takes a look at the layout.
  • “Too Good to Be True” by Lon Rogers & the Soul Blenders (00:29): Doug orders a drink at a bar. The song plays as he speaks with Tina. Doug plots against Councilwoman Westbury.
  • “Satisfaction” by The Cooperettes (00:30): Councilwoman Westbury looks at a Girl Scout photo. She spots “Troop 69” on her clothing instead of “Troop 17.” The Minx soundtrack song scores the final moments and end credits.

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Minx Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “An exciting new chapter in the annals of erotica”

Minx Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4

  • “Dance Man” by Keisa Brown (00:02): The Minx soundtrack song scores the title sequence. Joyce speaks with Doug about how their magazine will be represented. The track continues as the characters discuss their cover boy, Shane.
  • “Guess I’ll Never” by The Cooperettes (00:05): Doug enters Tina’s office. They discuss their accountant, Gerry (Ed Alonzo). Tina says that his work is “a mess.”
  • “Ordinary Guy” by Josephine Taylor (00:07): Joyce chats with Shane at her home. They bond while discussing personal issues. The music drop as Joyce and Shane kiss.
  • “Groov Me” by King Floyd (00:09): Joyce and Shane continue kissing. The Minx soundtrack song scores a bedroom sequence. Joyce and Shane have sex.
  • “Good ‘N’ Bad” by The Venturie “5” (00:14): Doug and Tina finish questioning Gerry. They agree that he is a terrible accountant but not a crook. The music continues during an interview montage.
  • “Muddy Waters” by The Fabulettes (00:16): Joyce has sex with Shane in a bathroom. Doug attends a convention. Doug talks with “The Valley Porn Courier,” Norman (Timothy E. Goodwin).
  • “Tell It Like It Is” by S.O.U.L. (00:25): Doug walks through the Bottom Dollar Publications office. He speaks with Tina about Gerry’s potential replacement. The Minx soundtrack song plays as Doug prepares to fire his accountant.
  • “I Believe in You” by Ronnie Walker (00:29): Joyce admires the cover of “Minx.” Tina congratulates her for the personal and professional work with Shane. Joyce looks through the magazine.
  • “Different Drum” by Linda Ronstadt (00:30): Shane showers with male colleagues at work. He educates them about the “patri-archie.” The track scores the episode’s final moments and end credits.

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Minx Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5 “Relaying news of a wayward snake”

Minx Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5

  • “Hold on to Your Mind” by Andwella (00:05): Doug and his colleagues arrive at a warehouse. The Minx soundtrack song fades as they begin to revise printed magazines by hand.
  • It’s a Fact” by Tension. (00:08): Doug relays news of a wayward snake. He hangs up the phone and calls for Joyce.
  • “Soul” by S.O.U.L. (00:10): Doug tells Joyce that she must speak with the mob. The music plays during a photoshoot sequence. Joyce advises Richie about the creative focus.
  • “I’ll Give You a Ring (When I Come Home, If I Come)” by Apple and the Three Oranges (00:11): Tina talks to Doug about “chocolate dicks.” The Minx soundtrack song plays during an office scene. Tina prepares a gift package.
  • “From the Rooter to the Tooter” by The Triplett Twins (00:12): Doug drives his vehicle. He asks Joyce to practice an apology speech. The music plays through the car stereo.
  • “Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darin (00:13): Doug and Joyce arrive at the home of Vince (Al Sapienza). The music accompanies a brief guest montage. Joyce refuses to stay in the kitchen with other women.
  • “Don’t Worry” by Harry Krapsho (00:22): Richie directs a photoshoot. Dane (Nate Crnkovich) poses as Michelangelo’s David. The Minx soundtrack song plays in the background.
  • “Dirty Work” by Steely Dan (00:29): Doug expresses gratitude to Tina for her work. He leaves for a phone call. Tina recognizes a romantic connection.
  • “The Lady Barber” by Lynn Castle & Last Friday’s Fire (00:30): Joyce leaves Doug’s office. The music scores the end credits.

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Minx Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “Mary had a little hysterectomy”

Minx Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6

  • “Feel Better” by James Muske (00:02): Joyce visits Ricky Fine Variety Store. The Minx soundtrack song plays lightly during an interior scene. Joyce inquires about the availability of “Minx.”
  • “Super Stupid” by Funkadelic (00:03): Joyce buys a copy of her magazine. She leaves a variety store and sighs. The music scores the title sequence.
  • “It’s a Fact” by Tension. (00:05): Doug discusses a financial issue with Tina. He learns that there are issues for multiple magazines. Doug stresses out in a photo room.
  • “Gonna Take Me a Ride” by The Human Zoo (00:09): Doug tries to reach Mr. Breckner. He prepares to board a flight. The Minx soundtrack song plays during a phone call montage.
  • “Blind Alley” by Fanny (00:11): Joyce stars a grass roots marketing campaign. “Minx” employees promote the magazine while speaking with women in a grocery store parking lot. “Becky” (Bambi) speaks with “Jane” (Shelly).
  • “Couldn’t Believe What Happened Last Night” by Rare Earth (00:14): Richie directs a photoshoot. The tracks plays during a montage. Richie flirts with a male friend.
  • “Loaded Back” by Michael Liggins & The Super Souls (00:17): Joyce meets with a feminist group. Shelly makes a phone call from jail as the Minx soundtrack song continues.
  • “I’m No Good for You” by Barbara Mason (00:18): Shelly bonds with Bambi in jail. Joyce speaks with Sabrina (Sahana Srinivasan) and her group.  She clarifies the limitations for “Minx.”
  • “Today, Tomorrow” by The Caliphs (00:20): Tina waits for Doug at the airport. She heads to a bar and orders a Maker’s (neat). Tina makes eye contact with a man and then spots Doug behind him.
  • “Raffica (Strong Beat)” by Silvano D’Auria (00:24): Bambi and Shelly leave a Pasadena jail. They chat about an upcoming party. Bambi introduces Shelly to Long John aka LJ (Patrick Hume).
  • “Cherry Red” by The Groundhogs (00:27): Joyce meets with Glenn at a rally. Doug stares at a bonfire. The Minx soundtrack song closes out the episode.

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Minx Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “God Save the Queen of Dicks”

Minx Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7

  • “I’m Satisfied” by Joe Bataan (00:02): The Minx soundtrack song scores the title sequence. Richie speaks with Bambi. He mentions a note from gallery owner Edward Shawn.
  • Il Se Passe Des Choses by Brigitte Fontaine (00:06): Richie arrives at a gallery. He gazes at a poster featuring David Hockney (Laurence Fuller).
  • “Blending Soul” by Soul Blenders (00:09): Bambi announces that “Minx” sold out in Cleveland. Doug and Richie celebrate. The music fades as Joyce grins.
  • “Look Away” by The Kit Kats (00:16): Joyce drinks wine at home. She looks at her alma mater’s newspaper as the Minx soundtrack song plays. Joyce spots an article about a former classmate and gets upset.
  • “Joy” by Apollo 11 (00:24): Joy speaks about her beliefs during an interview. Glenn throws a pillow at his radio. Jay continues talking to Willy (Eric Edelstein) and Franco (Samm Levine).
  • “Natural Beauty” by LLJ Waiters (00:27): Doug has a heart-to-heart conversation with Tina. The music amplifies as the characters smile at each other. Doug and Tina kiss.
  • “She’s a Winner (Win, Place or Show)” by The Intruders (00:28): David says, “God save the Queen of Dicks!” Joyce grins and dances with partygoers. The Minx soundtrack song scores the end credits.

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Minx Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8 “Oh, so you’re the sun now? You’re the giver of life?”

Minx Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8

  • “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)” by Grateful Dead (00:01): The Minx soundtrack song kicks in during the title sequence. Joyce walks around in 1968 Yonkers. She enters a chicken coup and falls over.
  • “The Prisoner” by The Lemon Fog (00:03): Joyce recalls a New York experience. She gets passive-aggressively scolded for not collecting enough eggs during the 1968 timeline. She apologizes and meets Sven (Daniel Grogan).
  • “Walk Tall” by Geoffrey Gascoyne (00:04): The jazz music scores a bar sequence. Doug meets with NFL star Billy Brunson (Austin Nichols). The characters discuss “Minx.”
  • “Do the Dog Funk” by Isaac Clark (00:06): Billy jokes about his penis. Tina, Bambi and Richie hang out during a transition scene. The Minx soundtrack song plays as the characters take shots together.
  • “You Got the Power” by Sonny Jones (00:09): Joyce speaks with George (Josh Stamberg) in 1968 Manhattan. They discuss life on a commune. Joyce gets excited about writing that covers gender dynamics within the anti-war movement.
  • “Jesus Was a Cross Maker” by Judee Sill (00:23): Joyce stands up to Doug. She quits her job and sobs. The music scores the end of the episode as Joyce walks with Maggie (Gillian Jacobs).

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Minx Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 9 “A scintillating conversation about a lethal pesticide”

Minx Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 9

  • “It Never Rains in Southern California” by Albert Hammond (00:01): The Minx soundtrack song scores the opening credits. Shelly fantasizes about a man. The music distorts as she sinks deeper into a dream.
  • I Got a Situation” by Brother to Brother (00:04): Shelly finishes a conversation with Lenny. The music plays during the title sequence. Joyce reads a magazine.
  • “Once You Get the Feelin (Reach for the Sun)” by Pulse (00:05): Joyce sits alone after speaking with Maggie. Doug speaks to colleagues about a “New York treasure.” They discuss publishing a magazine without Joyce.
  • “A Special Path” by Becky Severson (00:07): Joyce arrives at an office building. The Minx soundtrack song plays as she talks with Maggie. Joyce meets Elayne (Susan Walters).
  • “Na Na” by Coke (00:09): Maggie gives Joyce a tour of the office. She shows her “a little nook.” They leave for lunch with other women.
  • “Santa’s Got a Bag of Soul” by Soul Saints Orchestra (00:15): Billy Brunson prepares for a photoshoot. Richie worries about “a very hard dick.” Doug speaks with Billy and suggests offering readers “a bite” rather than “a whole meal.”
  • “Don’t Let Him Take Away Your Mind” by 4th Coming (00:14): Shelly tries on a new outfit. The Minx music plays as she worries about her look. Bambi take a photograph of Shelly.
  • “She’s Got to Have It” by TJ Stone (00:20): The Minx soundtrack song scores a photoshoot sequence. Bambi offers advice to Shelly. The music plays again at 00:22 as the characters kiss.
  • “Rock Steady” by Aretha Franklin (00:22): Joyce follows a man on a sidewalk. She enters a bar and sits next to the gentleman. The characters have fun and kiss.
  • “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” by Nina Simone (00:26): Tina tells Doug that he should take Joyce’s name off the masthead. The music scores the episode’s final moment and end credits.

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Minx Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 10 “You happened to me”

Minx Soundtrack on HBO Max - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 10

  • “I’d Like to See the Bad Guys Win” by Margot Guryan (00:01): Willy talks about his marital woes. The Minx soundtrack song plays as he receives a hand job. Willy receives a “spicy” surprise.
  • “Take Me” by Fabulous Souls (00:02): The music scores the title sequence. Joy looks at the new issue of “Minx.” The tune drops as she sighs.
  • “Loaded to the Gills” by Michael Liggins & The Super Souls (00:06): Willy and Franco discuss “Minx.” They promote “Men Energized Now.” Willy hopes to make life uncomfortable for Joyce and Bottom Dollar Publications.
  • “Ham Hocks and Beans, Pt. 1” by Chuck Womack and the Sweet Souls (00:08): A group of men protest outside Bottom Dollar Publications. Norman (Timothy E. Goodwin) says that “Men are finally fighting back.” The Minx soundtrack song continues as Doug speaks with “Willy’s Warriors.”
  • “Hey Mister” by Fever Tree (00:10): Shelly finishes a phone call. Doug speaks with Richie and Bambi.
  • “Raffica — Seq. 4 — Strong Beat” by Silvano D’Auria (00:15): Willy speaks with Franco on their radio show. They discuss the “M.E.N. offensive.” Myron (David Paymer) listens in his office.
  • “Peyton Moon” by Don Debrauwere (00:20): Bambi speaks with protestors. The Minx soundtrack song sets in as she says, “Boys… the world is changing.” Bambi calms down “Willy’s Warriors.”
  • “Ever Living Soul” by Up with People (00:21): Protestors enter Bottom Dollar Publications. Norman leads the way. Doug urges his colleagues not to hide from the “jelly doughnuts.”
  • “New World Coming” by Cass Elliot (00:25): Doug thanks Tina for calling their Russian colleagues. A van arrives at Bottom Dollar Publications. A group of men attack protestors with baseball bats.
  • “Fancy” by Bobbi Gentry (00:29): Joyce finishes a conversation with Doug. She thanks him for offering her a deal. The Minx soundtrack song scores the season’s final moments and end credits.

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