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Russian Doll Has A Time-Traveling Soundtrack To Match Season 2

You could say that Russian doll is a show about a lot of different things. First and foremost, this is a show about a jaded but charismatic woman named Nadia Vulvokov, played by the charming Natasha Lyonne. It’s also a show about, for all its good and bad, New York. It’s a show about friendship, family, history, self-awareness, knowing your place in the world, and even learning how to be a better person through lived experience. It’s a show about all of those things. But for a moment, let’s look beyond that, because more than anything else, Russian doll is a show on vibes.

It’s a show that makes you feel a certain way when you watch it. This is partly because Lyonne and the rest of Russian dollThe cast of characters is so charming and watchable. But another part is that the show’s music captures the mood and feeling of a given moment so perfectly. If you’re feeling happy, there’s usually a song that can capture that. If you’re feeling shitty, well, there will be a song that can capture that too. And if you’re stuck in a potentially eternal time loop, depending on who you are, there’s going to be a song that can capture that as well.

Season 2 of Russian doll (mostly) forgoes the Time Loop stuff, with a whole bunch of Back to the future-the weather travel taking his place. And that means going back decades and finding the right songs, and thus creating the right vibes, for each of those decades, and moments within those decades as well. And Russian doll again does it wonderfully.

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The person most involved in making those decisions and finding those vibes is music supervisor Brienne Rose, who spoke with men’s health to explain part of the thought process that led to the selection of the season’s music.

MH: What motivated the choice of music for season 2 of Russian Doll?

BR: The new season tackles so many fascinating themes; time travel and the space-time continuum, existential fear, epigenetics, addiction, ghosts from the past… so it was important to reflect some of those themes in the music. We always seek to capture the Russian doll/Nadia/ New York of everything, but this season spans new times and places, so we had to fit them into our dark, complex, cerebral Russian doll sounds new ways. We wanted to expand the sound of the universe to include a timelessness that also supports our characters.

How did you work with Natasha to choose specific musical choices for specific moments?

Natasha has such a broad understanding of music and is so invested in keeping the Russian doll World (both visually and audibly, making sure everything works together), that makes this process very exciting and extremely thoughtful. Every song choice is deliberate, even the background tracks; they are all meant to inform the scene or the world. Each has a meaning. It doesn’t always mean lyrically – sometimes it can be a rhythmic element.

What do you think is the unifying theme of the season 2 music?

Definitely playing with the themes of time; timelessness, identification of time. Artists like Bauhaus and Depeche Mode fit perfectly into our dark, gothic and cerebral world. Other tracks like The Alley Cats, Little Anthony and the Imperials play a fun juxtaposition, but they all inform the overall sound, which encapsulates the song and artist leaning in, confronting and pursuing a deep examination of humanity. .

Towards the end of the season, we finally hear “Gotta Get Up” again. How important was it for this story to come back big in season 2?

So important! This is where the story goes back to its Season 1 roots, and since that song was our time to hit the reset button in season one, it became crucial to the storytelling, to be able to take us back to that time and tie the pieces together. We love Harry!

And so without further ado, here’s a complete list of all the songs that cross the ages, travel through time and vibrate with Russian doll Season 2.


Episode 1, “Now”

“Personal Jesus” – Depeche Mode

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“Violin Concerto in 2 F major, Allegro Assai” – Bach

The Death of Bela Lugosi by Bauhaus

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“Hungarian Bonchida” (traditional)

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“Mother” – Danzig

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“Get it while you can” – Janis Joplin

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Episode 2, “Coney Island Baby”

“Angel Eyes” – Big Debbie

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“Love in Space” – Sun Ra

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“I’ll never let you go” – Michael Miglio

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“Goin Out Of My Head” – Little Anthony and the Imperials

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Episode 3, “Brain Drain”

“Put a straw under baby” – Brian Eno

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“Puddin N Tain” – The Alley Cats

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“Black Night” – Cheryl Thompson

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“Sunday Morning” – The Velvet Underground

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“Der Kommissar” – Falco

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Episode 4, “From Station to Station”

“Morgen” – Ivo Robic

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“Wasurenawa” – Peggy March

“Mindkilla” – Gang Dance

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“Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58” – Beethoven

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“Personal Jesus” (Alex Metric Remix) – Depeche Mode

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“99 Luftballoons” – Nena

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Episode 5, “Exquisite Corpse”

“Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in D minor” – Liszt

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“Liebestram No. 3, Op. 62 – Liszt

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“Hungarian Dances, D minor” – Bizet

“Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5 in E minor”

“I found out too late” – sapphires

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“Thin Ice” by Pink Floyd

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Episode 6, “Schrödinger’s Ruth”

“Run with the Devil” – Van Halen

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“Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major”

“Drip” – Getdown

“I must get up” – Harry Nilsson

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Episode 7, “Matroyshka”

“I must get up” – Harry Nilsson

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“Before” – Vex Ruffin

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“Light Up On Your Crazy Diamond” – Pink Floyd

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