2020s

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 Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 5 “Honeymoon”

Gaslit Soundtrack on Starz - Every Song in Episode 5

  • “25 or 6 to 4” by Chicago (00:02): The Gaslit soundtrack song scores an extended sequence. Martha appears on The Mike Douglas Show. John Dean proposes to Mo.
  • “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” by Richard & Linda Thompson (00:18): John Dean cruises in a vehicle with Mo. They arrive at Camp David. The track also plays during the end credits at 00:55.
  • “True Love Leaves No Traces” by Leonard Cohen (00:25): Jeb breaks down in his vehicle. The music continues during a transition scene. John Dean plays tennis with Mo.

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Gaslit Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 6 “Tuffy”

Gaslit Soundtrack on Starz - Every Song in Episode 6

  • “Back Stabbers” by The O’Jays (00:02): Frank Wills (Patrick Walker) looks for a job. The Gaslit soundtrack song plays on the radio. Frank talks to his cat.
  • “Way Down in Arkansas” by The New Christy Minstrels (00:10): The music scores an archival footage sequence. Zolton (Aleksandar Filimonović) welcomes Martha.
  • “Good for the Gander” by Hot Chocolate (00:16): Frank visits a restaurant with Janelle (Lauren E. Banks). They discuss the amount of dragon rice on their plates. Janelle asks Frank to try some mambo sauce.
  • “In the Park” by The Jujus (00:24): Frank attends a birthday party at a bar with Janelle. He talks about anticipating something more “mellowed out.” The Gaslit soundtrack song continues as Frank meets Mark (Kees DeVos) and Mary (Nika Burnett) from the Watergate Committee.
  • “Dirty Work” by The Pointer Sisters (00:53): John Dean holds Mo in their bedroom. Martha and Marty pack their suitcases. Frank packs up and leaves Washington D.C.

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Gaslit Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 7 “Year of the Rat”

Gaslit Soundtrack on Starz - Every Song in Episode 7

  • “An Old Fashioned Christmas” by Jack Huddle (00:02): The Gaslit soundtrack song scores the opening sequence. John N. Mitchell states that he was born in the Year of the Rat. He waits for guests.
  • “Christmas Island” by The Andres Sisters (00:04): John meets Peggy Quinn (Erinn Hayes) and Martha for the first time. They sit down at a restaurant table.
  • “The First Cut Is the Deepest ” by P.P.Arnold (00:20): The music scores a prison sequence. Gordon “writes” a letter to Frances. The track also plays during the end credits at 00:55.
  • “V. Pater Noster (Voice)” by Netherland Radio Choir & Steven Mercurio & Anonymous 4 & Netherlands Radio Phiharmonic (00:30): Gordon worries about a prison cell noise. He decides to flood his cell. The Gaslit soundtrack song accompanies the sequence.
  • “Tristan Und Isolde, Act I: Prelude” by Swedish Opera Orchestra, Leif Segerstam (00:42): Martha finishes an interview at NBC Studios. Gordon “writes” to Frances. Martha gazes at passing cars.
  • “Götterdämmerung: Siegfrid’s Funeral Procession” by Wiener Philharmoniker & Hans Knappertsbush (00:45): Gordon thinks about Frau Teresa (Claudia Zie). He spots a crack in his prison cell wall. Gordon touches the hole and laughs.

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Gaslit Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 8 “Final Days”

Gaslit Soundtrack on Starz - Every Song in Episode 8

  • “The Planets, Op. 32: II. Venus, The Bringer Of Peace” by Wiener Philharmoniker & Herbert Von Karajan (00:01): The Gaslit soundtrack song plays during the opening sequence. John N. Mitchell wakes up and spills a drink. He passes gas while looking out a window.
  • “Brighter Side” by Connie Conway (00:46): John Dean returns home from prison. The music scores a transition sequence. John N. Mitchell visits a restaurant with Marty.
  • “You’re the Top” by Cole Porter and John McGlinn (00:50): Martha speaks with Jay Jennings (Johnny Berchtold) at a hospital. She recalls the night she met his father. Martha sings the song from Anything Goes.
  • “Don’t Delete The Kisses” by Wolf Alice (00:54): The track scores the epilogue. Martha’s friends and family attend her funeral. The Gaslit soundtrack song continues during the end credits.

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