2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘Dirty Lines’

Dirty Lines Soundtrack - Every Song in the Netflix Series

The Dirty Lines soundtrack includes music by Blondie, Spandau Ballet and Cyndi Lauper. This info article contains spoilers for Pieter Bart Korthuis’ Netflix series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Dirty Lines stars Joy Delima as Marly, a college student who works for a sex line company in 1989 Amsterdam. Minne Koole co-stars as Frank, an entrepreneur who founds TeleDutch with his brother, Ramon (Chris Peters). The storyline follows Marly as she evolves from a timid girl into a confident young woman. Composer Alexander Reumers (Niet Schieten) scored the dramedy series; music supervisor Lynn Fainchtein (Roma) organized the 80s-era needle-drops. Here’s every song in Dirty Lines.

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Dirty Lines Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

Dirty Lines Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • “Call Me (Re-Recorded 2021 Version)” by Blondie (00:04:00): Marly narrates about the real Amsterdam. The Dirty Lines soundtrack song plays as she talks about sex workers, crumbling buildings and cocaine distribution. Marly narrates about living in “a different universe.”
  • “Just Like Honey” by Jesus and Mary Chain (00:21:00): The music scores a slo-mo sequence. Robine (Pip Lieke Lucas) enters a restaurant. Frank stares from the bar area.
  • “True” by Spandau Ballet (00:39:00): Ramon plays a compact disc at home. Natasja (Charlie Chan Dagelet) enjoys a glass of wine. Ramon promises to buy a “real present” as the Dirty Lines soundtrack song continues.
  • “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood (00:43:00): Frank learns that all of his lines are down. The music continues during a news montage. Marly narrates about the sex line craze in the Netherlands.

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Dirty Lines Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2

Dirty Lines Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2

  • “Ach Vaderlief” by Zangeres Zonder Naam (00:21:00): The Dirty Lines soundtrack song accompanies a taxi scene. Frank grins and pays for the ride. Ronnie rambles in the back seat.
  • “Ticket to the Tropics” by Gerard Joling (00:28:00): Ramon watches two men have oral sex. He turns on his headlights and stares. Frank gets stuck in the mud and leaves his vehicle.

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Dirty Lines Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3

Dirty Lines Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3

  • “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper (00:01:00): Marly listens to music on a bus. The Dirty Lines soundtrack song plays as she narrates about beginning a new life. Marly makes eye contact with a man and quickly looks away.
  • “U Really Got It Goin’ On” by Maria Mendez (00:26:00): Marly narrates about having to write 20 sex stories. She approaches the challenge like a scientist. Marly reviews literature, makes observations and conducts field research.
  • “Right Back Where We Started From” by Maxime Nightingale (00:38:00): The Dirty Lines soundtrack song scores a party sequence. Ramon DJs while Frank pumps up the crowd. Marly flirts with a comedian.
  • “Why Tell Me Why” by Anita Meyer (00:44:00): Anita Meyer performs at a party. Marly narrates about hiding her true personality. Ramon leaves the dance area.

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Dirty Lines Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4

Dirty Lines Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4

  • “Dance Little Sister” by Terence Trent D’Arby (00:02:00): Mischa (Joes Brauers) hangs out with Janna (Julia Akkermans). The Dirty Lines soundtrack song kicks in as Marly walks outdoors. She narrates about her “summer of love.”
  • “Never Be Clever” by Herman Brood & His Wild Romance (00:19:00): Frank plays a record. The music amplifies as he dances in a kitchen. Anouk (Abbey Hoes) turns down the volume.
  • “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” by Dolly Dots (00:39:00): Marly kisses Leon (Benja Bruijning). She narrates about Amsterdam’s summer of love beginning in September. The music scores the episode’s final moments and end credits.

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Dirty Lines Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5

Dirty Lines Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5

  • “I Want You” by Ralphi Rosario 
  • “Too Free” by The Fatal Flowers 
  • “She’s So Primitive” by The Illustrious Illustrated Men (00:08:00): Marly narrates about the sex line explosion. The Dirty Lines soundtrack song plays as Frank sings in a vehicle. He answers his phone as the music fades.
  • “In a Manner of Speaking” by Nouvelle Vague feat. Camille (00:35:00): Frank hangs out with Natasja. Ramon sleeps next to Alexander. Frank and Natasja kiss.

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Dirty Lines Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6

Dirty Lines Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6

  • “Narcotic” by Liquido 
  • Boys Don’t Cry” by Grant Lee Phillips (00:22:00): Marly has phone sex with Leon (Benja Bruijning). She breaks up with him and hangs up. The Dirty Lines soundtrack song plays during a montage sequence.

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