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Soundtracks of Television: ‘American Gigolo’

American Gigolo Soundtrack - Every Song in the Showtime Series

The American Gigolo soundtrack includes music by Blondie, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Goldfrapp. This info article contains spoilers and song details for David Hollander’s Showtime series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

American Gigolo stars Jon Bernthal as Julian Kaye, a former male escort who returns to his former life after serving a prison sentence. Gretchen Mol co-stars as Michelle, the wife of a businessman who bonds with the male protagonist. The narrative follows Julian as he navigates Los Angeles and tries to clear his name. Composer Marcelo Zarvos (Ray Donovan) scored the Showtime series; music supervisor Nora Felder (Stranger Things) selected the needle-drops. In addition, “Call Me” by Blondie is featured as the theme music. Here’s every song in American Gigolo, an adaptation of Paul Schrader’s 1980 film.

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American Gigolo Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”

American Gigolo Soundtrack on Showtime - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • Call Me” by Blondie (00:03): The American Gigolo soundtrack song scores an opening driving sequence. Julian cruises around in his vehicle. The title graphic appears; a character performs a cover of the song at 00:53.
  • “The Cannibal King” by Traditional (00:14): Julian visits his mother, Maryanne (Melora Walters). He sings a children’s song at her door. The tune is featured again at 00:17.
  • “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by Ol’ Dirty Bastard (00:22): Johnny (Gabriel LaBelle) exits a vehicle. He walks towards his new home with Olga aka The Queen (Sandrine Holt). Music plays from within an oceanside mansion.
  • “Ooh La La” by Goldfrapp (00:27): Michelle (Gretchen Mol) arrives at a party. The American Gigolo soundtrack song continues as she nervously looks around. Michelle speaks with Julian.
  • “The Machine” by Oliver Malcolm (00:36): Julian drives his vehicle. Lorenzo (Wayne Brady) rides in the passenger seat. The characters smile and enjoy the moment.
  • “Heart of Glass” by Blondie (00:58): Julian hooks up with Isabelle (Lizzie Brocheré). The track scores the end credits.

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American Gigolo Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “Pretty Baby”

American Gigolo Soundtrack on Showtime - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2

  • “1-2-3-4 (Sumpin’ New)” by Coolio (00:04): Julian has a sexual encounter with Isabelle. The American Gigolo soundtrack song scores a transition sequence. Young Julian attends a pool party.
  • “Say What You Will” by James Blake (00:11): Julian walks by himself outdoors. He thinks about the past. The music accompanies a flashback montage.

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American Gigolo Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “Rapture”

American Gigolo Soundtrack on Showtime - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3

  • “Love Affair” by Trans Am (00:26): The American Gigolo soundtrack song scores a flashback sequence. Lisa Beck (Taylor Blackwell) navigates a pool area. Young Julian stands behind her.
  • “Work” by Charlotte Day Wilson (00:41): Detective Sunday questions Julian about the past. The song accompanies a montage. Julian cleans up and gazes at his former gigolo outfit as the episode ends.

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American Gigolo Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “Nothing Is Real But the Girl”

American Gigolo Soundtrack on Showtime - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4

  • “Right Thurr” by Chingy (00:01): The American Gigolo soundtrack song scores the opening sequence. Julian snorts cocaine with Lorenzo in 2006. The music continues during a party montage.
  • “Love in Motion” by SebastiAn feat. Mayer Hawthorne (00:25): Julian plays a record. He smokes a cigarette and works out. The music fades as Julian meets Anne (Heather Mazur) during a transition scene.
  • “20th Century Boy” by T. Rex (00:34): Julian hangs out with Anne. They drink shots of alcohol. Music plays from within a bar.
  • “Friday I’m in Love” by The Cure (00:34): The American Gigolo soundtrack song plays during a bar scene. Julian continues his date with Anne. The characters dance together.
  • “No Fly List” by Obits (00:36): Julian performs oral sex on Anne. Music plays during a bathroom scene. Julian and Anne have sex.
  • “I Drove All Night” by Roy Orbison (00:41): The song plays during a car sequence. Anne drinks a beer while driving. Julian watches her from the passenger seat.

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American Gigolo airs weekly on Showtime. New episodes premiere every Sunday through October 28, 2022. This article about the American Gigolo soundtrack will be updated as the series progresses.

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