The Shining Girls soundtrack includes music by the Patti Smith Group, Los Solitarios and El General. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Silka Luisa’s Apple TV+ series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.
Shining Girls stars Elisabeth Moss as Kirby Mazrachi, a traumatized woman who investigates a serial killer. Wagner Moura co-stars as Dan Velazquez, a down-and-out reporter who assists the protagonist. The storyline follows Kirby as she struggles with psychological and marital issues while pursuing leads. Composer Claudia Sarne (Outcast) scored the Apple TV+ series; music supervisor Maggie Phillips (Snowfall) handled the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in Shining Girls, an adaptation of Lauren Beukes’ 2013 novel The Shining Girls.
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Shining Girls Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 1 “Cutline”
- “Danger” by Pylon (00:06): The Shining Girls soundtrack song scores a 1992 sequence. Kirby says goodbye to her mother, Rachel (Amy Brenneman). The music sets in as she wears headphones and walks across a street.
- “Lamento Jibaro” by Sexteto Borinquen (00:19): Dan enters a restaurant. Salsa music plays in the establishment. Dan meets with a police officer and learns about a suspect named Pawel Banik (Jimmi Simpson).
- “Ain’t You” by Kleenex (00:20): Kirby wears headphones and reads an article. Marcus (Chris Chalk) shows up and comments on the music. Kirby doesn’t realize that she’s speaking to her husband.
- “Pissing in a River” by Patti Smith Group (00:41): Kirby lashes out at Dan and a medical examiner named Howard. The Shining Girls soundtrack song plays during an apartment sequence. Rachel sings while petting a dog.
- “Lonesome Lover” by Max Roach (00:47): Kirby strolls down a sidewalk. Harper Curtis (Jamie Bell) observes an outdoor party crowd. The music fades as he walks away.
- “Alone Again Or” by The Damned (00:51): Kirby realizes that she lives in apartment 3B. The music plays as she approaches the door. Kirby enters her home, dazed and confused.
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- “I Can’t Help Myself” by Orange Juice (00:01): The Shining Girls soundtrack song accompanies an apartment sequence. Kirby speaks with Marcus. Party guests knock on the door.
- “Shout to the Top” by The Style Council (00:03): The party at Kirby’s home continues. Guests toast to Marcus. Kirby breathes shakily and wishes a happy birthday for her husband.
- “Stardust” by Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (00:10): Harper speaks with Pawel during a 1990 sequence. The music plays in the room. Harper prepares to leave.
- “Sufrir” by Los Solitarios (00:13): Julia arrives at home. She looks around for her father. The Shining Girls soundtrack song continues as Raymon identifies the band by name.
- “I Believe” by Jeanne Aguzarova (00:16): Kirby takes Dan to a laundromat. She explains that her attacker left matches inside her from the Bee Happy bar. The music plays via the laundromat’s stereo system.
- “Celebrate His Good Life” by Steve Green (00:19): Kirby enters The Well. Church vocalists perform the song. Kirby spots her mother.
- “The Birds” by Rick Cuevas (00:26): Kirby enters her home. Marcus tests new film stock. The Shining Girls soundtrack song plays lightly throughout the scene.
- “Right Down the Line” by Gerry Rafferty (00:34): Dan drives and prepares to visit Raymon with Kirby. The song plays from the car stereo system. Kirby inquires about Dan’s son.
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Shining Girls Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 3 “Overnight”
- “Tame” by Pixies (00:05): Dan enters his vehicle. The music blasts as he turns on the car engine. “Tame” plays on the radio momentarily.
- “La Conga De Jaruco” by Los Cubaztecas (00:15): The Shining Girls soundtrack song accompanies a bodega sequence. Harper reads a newspaper and observes a customer. The woman asks him to buy alcohol for her.
- “Cosita Caliente” by Andy Gonzales y Sus Amigos (00:23): Harper looks around a bodega. A song plays via the stereo system. Harper speaks with Dan’s son, Freddie.
- “TBA” by TBA (00:51): Dan leaves work after being insulted by Marcus. He drinks and dances at a Spanish club. He gives money to the DJ.
- “Pu Tun Tun” by El General (00:49): The Shining Girls soundtrack song scores a club sequence. Dan pays to hear a song and then dances alone. The music continues during a montage as Dan gets ripped.
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- “Our Love” by Al Hazan feat. The Starr Sisters (00:17): Harper speaks with Leo. He wonders if things ever change at the hospital. The Shining Girls soundtrack song later plays on a television at 00:35.
- “Thoughts In My Mind” by Donnie & Joe Emerson (00:25): Kirby arrives at her home. Marcus prepares his wife’s “happy good.” Kirby doesn’t remember having the sandwich before.
- “St. Louis Blues” by Bessie Smith (00:36): Kirby and Dan visit a psychiatric facility. The music plays from Leo’s room. Kirby says that he looks too young to be at the facility.
- “‘Tain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do” by Bessie Smith (00:38): Kirby asks Leo about his military service. The sequence implies that he fought during World War I. The Shining Girls soundtrack song continues as Kirby inquires about Harper.
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Shining Girls Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 6 “Bright”
- “You’re Not Gonna Get It” by Epicycle (00:01): The opening track scores a 90s club sequence. Kirby dances with Klara (Madeline Brewer). The music plays again at 00:33 during an extended scene.
- “Am I Blue” by Annette Hanshaw (00:05): Harper reunites with Klara during a World War I timeline. They speak backstage after a dance performance. The Shining Girls soundtrack song plays in Klara’s dressing room.
- “Operator (That’s Not The Way It Feels)” by Jim Croce (00:21): An old man confronts Harper at a mysterious home. Music sets in as the characters fight. The man runs away and gets hit by a car.
- “Passin’ Me By” by The Pharcyde (00:27): Klara tells Harper that she wants “to go as far from now as possible.” They travel to the future and walk in a New York City park. They smile at the Manhattan skyline.
- “Hardcore Punk” by Epicycle (00:31): The Shining Girls soundtrack song scores a 90s club sequence. A band performs at the venue. Leo dances and waves to Klara and Harper.
- “Ballad of the Absent Mare” by Leonard Cohen (00:42): Harper looks at dead comrades. The music scores a transition sequence. Harper sits at a bar area and speaks with Kirby.
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Shining Girls Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 7 “Offset”
- “Lucky Number” by Lene Lovich (00:02): The Shining Girls soundtrack song scores the opening sequence. Kirby exits a train. She arrives home and asks her mother to turn the music down.
- “Lonesome Lover” by Max Roach (00:19): Jinny practices a presentation about Andromeda. She tells Theo that her mic is dead. The tune can be heard again at 00:37.
- “Tame” by Pixies (00:40): The track plays during a club sequence. Dan navigates the venue. He gets stabbed by Harper.
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Shining Girls Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 8 “30”
- “St. Louis Blues” by Bessie Smith (00:14): The Shining Girls soundtrack song plays during a bedroom sequence. Leo listens to music through a record player. Harper shows up in the room.
- “Am I Blue” by Annette Hanshaw (00:40): Klara finishes a performance in Chicago. Harper enters her dressing room. Klara predicts what he’ll say.
- “Alegro Piradissimo” by Lula Cortes & Lailson (00:48): Kirby enters a bar. She sits next to Dan. Kirby correctly guesses that he has a notebook in his pocket.
- “One Too Many Mornings” by Angel Olsen (00:52): Kirby sits next to a dog named Grondel. She looks around a mysterious home. The Shining Girls soundtrack song scores the season’s final moments and end credits.
Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.
Categories: 2020s, Apple TV+ Originals, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Soundtracks of Television, Streaming Originals
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