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Soundtracks of Television: ‘Gaslit’

Gaslit Soundtrack - Every Song in the Starz Miniseries

The Gaslit soundtrack includes music by The Stooges, Jeri Southern and The Peter Blair Quartet. This info article contains spoilers for Robbie Pickering’s Starz miniseries. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Gaslit stars Julia Roberts as Martha Mitchell, a real-life Washington D.C. socialite who criticized U.S. President Richard Nixon during the 1973 Watergate scandal. Sean Penn co-stars as Martha’s husband, John N. Mitchell, the U.S. Attorney General who deceives and manipulates his wife. The storyline follows Martha as she tries to protect her reputation. Composer Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot) scored the Starz miniseries; music supervisor Maggie Phillips (Snowfall) selected the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in Gaslit, an adaptation of the Slate Plus podcast Slow Burn.

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Gaslit Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 1 “Will”

Gaslit Soundtrack on Starz - Every Song in Episode 1

  • Down on the Street” by The Stooges (00:04): John Dean (Dan Stevens) prepares to get fired. He repeats a self-affirmation mantra and revs his engine. The Gaslit soundtrack song scores a cityscape montage. John swerves through traffic and watches a protest.
  • “Let’s Fly Away” by Jeri Southern (00:23): John N. Mitchell dances in a bathroom. Martha watches and giggles while preparing to host a party. John dances with his daughter and adjusts his wife’s dress.
  • “Bebop Blues” by The Peter Blair Quartet (00:42): John Dean arrives at a Mitchell social event with Mo (Betty Gilpin). The characters enter a room and mingle with other guests. The Gaslit soundtrack song continues as John introduces Mo to Martha.

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Gaslit Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 2 “California”

Gaslit Soundtrack on Starz - Every Song in Episode 2

  • Things to Do” by Carl Coccomo (00:20): McCord (Chris Bauer) waits in a parking garage. The music scores a transition sequence. Martha enjoys a pool party.

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Gaslit Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 3 “King George”

Gaslit Soundtrack on Starz - Every Song in Episode 3

  • Daydream” by The Lovin’ Spoonful (00:23): Mo enters John’s childhood bedroom. She takes a moment to appreciate a “Fuck Communism” neon sign. Mo finds a 2nd place ribbon and 2nd place medal.
  • Too Late to Turn Back Now” by Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose (00:29): Martha tries to escape from Peter (Brian Geraghty). The Gaslit soundtrack song plays from a stereo system. Martha falls on a table.

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Gaslit Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 4 “King George”

Gaslit Soundtrack on Starz - Every Song in Episode 4

  • “Hollywood Swinging” by Kool & The Gang (00:01): The music scores the title sequence. John Dean smokes a cigarette while driving his vehicle. He arrives at The White House.
  • “Panic Again” by Krzysztof Komeda (00:25): The Gaslit soundtrack song plays on a television. Martha’s daughter watches Rosemary’s Baby. The music fades as she observes her parents as they arrive home.
  • “Joy” by Apollo 100 (00:26): An election-themed montage begins. John Dean cheers at a convention. He participates in a “Four More Years” chant.
  • “Got Me Feelin Bad (Baby)” by Barry Allen feat. Barbara Tomsco (00:27): John Dean and Richard A. Moore (Nelson Franklin) arrive at a party. The Gaslit soundtrack song can be heard as they speak with a security guard. Various party guests dance while nude.
  • “Do You Really Think That You Deserve All That Money That You Earn?” by Brainpool (00:29): John Dean speaks with Candy (Sarah Elizabeth Jensen) in a hot tub. They discuss feminism and President Nixon. John acknowledges a “really interesting point” before moving in for a kiss.
  • “Les Fleur” by Minnie Ripperton (00:49): Mo looks outside her window. She spots John Dean talking to himself. The track scores the episode’s final moment and end credits.

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Gaslit airs weekly on Starz. New episodes premiere every Sunday through June 12, 2022. This article about the Gaslit soundtrack will be updated as the series progresses.

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