Life On Mars Soundtrack

Posted by Drothism on Jan 13th, 2009

Life On Mars is one of the few good programs on the network channels at the moment. It combines SciFi with an excellent 70’s cop theme, topped with great music from the period. Somehow they not only make it all work, but manage to pull off probably the best new SciFi show since the short lived, but very engrossing Journeyman series, to air on network TV. I recommend anyone who hasn’t watched Life On Mars yet, to catch up on with the free episodes on the ABC site.

Since the excellent 70’s soundtrack is unavailable on CD as of yet, I had to dig around to find a list of the songs from the series, and then download them from ITunes and Amazon. Hopefully this compilation makes creating your very own Life On Mars playlist a little easier.

Season 1 Episode 1 - Out Here in the Fields (Series Premiere)

Title: Ground Zero
Performer: Chris Cornell
Label: Interscope
Scene: The cop caravan cruises down FDR approaching the scene. Raimes, Sam, and Maya jump out the window. Maya gets kicked. Sam chases Raimes through moving cars and then tackles him. Sam and Raimes fight.
Chris Cornell - Ground Zero - Single - Ground Zero

Title: Life On Mars
Performer: David Bowie
Label: RCA
Scene: Sam is listening to the song on his iPod as he’s driving around, distraught. He gets out of his car and is hit by another car. When he wakes up, the song is still playing, only now his car is a 1970s model.
David Bowie - Hunky Dory - Life On Mars?

Title: Signs
Performer: Five Man Electric Band
Label: Lionel
Scene: Sam has trouble understanding that he has returned to the year 1973. He enters the police station where he works and starts asking questions to find out what has happened.
Five Man Electric Band - Signs

Title: Baba O’Riley
Performer: The Who
Label: MCA
Scene: Sam and Annie walk down the streets and stumble on a record store that Sam finds familiar. A kid is listening to the song through headphones. Sam enters the booth and finds a clue that might help him solve his case.
The Who - Who's Next - Baba O'Riley

Title: Little Willy
Performer: The Sweet
Label: Camden
Scene: Dora’s missing and Chris shows the “Raimes” complaint. Gene charms Mrs. Raimes. Sam and Gene go inside. Gene kicks in the door, and they hear thumping. They find Dora in a sound proof room and then Willy shows up. Sam chases Willy down the stairs.
Sweet - The Best of Sweet - Little Willy

Title: Out Of Time
Performer: The Rolling Stones
Label: Decca
Scene: Sam finds a young Colin Raimes and talks with him about life. They get in the car together and the song is playing on the radio. Sam hears Maya’s voice.
The Rolling Stones - Flowers (Remastered) - Out of Time

Season 1 Episode 2 - The Real Adventures of the Unreal Sam Tyler

Title: All The Way To Memphis
Performer: Mott The Hoople
Label: Sony
Scene: Annie tells Sam that June is out of surgery, then wipes the chalkboard. Sam, Gene, Ray and Chris chase Trent. Sam tackles Trent, who then punches him and tries to escape.
Mott the Hoople - Mott the Hoople: Super Hits - All the Way to Memphis

Title: Get Down
Performer: Gilbert O’Sullivan
Label: Mamou
Scene: When Sam goes to see June, he gets into a fight with Hunt.
Gilbert O'Sullivan - Zoom Karaoke Golden Years 1973 - Get Down

Title: Life On Mars
Performer: David Bowie
Label: RCA
Scene: Sam tells Gene he thinks dirty cops were involved.
David Bowie - Hunky Dory - Life On Mars?

Title: All The Way To Memphis
Performer: Mott The Hoople
Label: Sony
Scene: The cops make a bust, Dax runs. Cops grab Sam instead of Dax.
Mott the Hoople - Mott the Hoople: Super Hits - All the Way to Memphis

Title: I Am A Rock
Performer: Simon and Garfunkel
Label: Columbia
Scene: Windy puts in an 8-track tape. Windy invites Same to dance. Sam and Windy dance.
Simon & Garfunkel - Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits - I Am a Rock

Season 1 Episode 3 - My Maharishi Is Bigger Than Your Maharishi

Title: Sweet Cherry Wine
Performer: Tommy James And The Shondells
Label: Warner Music Group
Scene: 1st Use: Flower children and Maharishi devotees dance in the park. The Maharishi speaks to the people. 2nd Use: Sam and Annie follow Hunt. Sam, Annie, and Hunt talk to Carol Ann about Reeves. 3rd Use: Sam and Annie have a conversation.
The Shondells & Tommy James - Tommy James & The Shondells: Anthology - Sweet Cherry Wine

Title: I’m Chief Kamanawanalea (We’re The Royal Macadamia Nuts)
Performer: The Turtles
Label: Flo & Eddie, Inc.More DetailLess DetailWindy pulls Sam down the hall to a loft party. Sam finds the Maharishi and has a conversation with him. Windy finds Sam again.
The Turtles - The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands - I'm Chief Kamanawanalea (We're the Royal Macadamia Nuts)

Title: Just A Little Lovin’
Performer: Dusty Springfield
Label: Universal/Warner Music Group
Scene: Sam and Gene check out Reeve’s gay bar.
Dusty Springfield - Dusty In Memphis (Deluxe Edition) - Just a Little Lovin'

Title: Reflections Of My Life
Performer: Marmalade
Label: K-Tel
Scene: Sam talks to Carol Ann about Reeves. Sam talks to Robbie about his dad. Windy finds Sam walking around in his apartment. Hunt takes a lapel pin and places it on Reeves’ body in the morgue. Sam sees his younger self with his father.
Marmalade - Echoes of Time - Reflections of My Life

Season 1 Episode 4 - Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadows?

Title: Mother and Child Reunion
Performer: Paul Simon
Label: Universal
Scene: Sam stops Profaci from attacking a woman, who turns out to be his Mom. Sam finds Gene and Profaci sharing a drink. Annie tells them Rose has left.
Paul Simon - Paul Simon - Mother and Child Reunion

Title: Rock and Roll
Performer: The Velvet Underground
Label: Warner Music Group
Scene: Sam and Hunt walk to a nightclub. They enter Club Vendetta where there are girls dancing in cages, club-goers drinking, snorting, and smoking. Annie shows up and impresses the guys in a dress and heels.
The Velvet Underground - Loaded - Rock and Roll

Title: Bang a Gong (Get It On)
Performer: T. Rex
Label: Warner Music Group
Scene: Hunt cuts a rug with Adrienne. Chris gets down with a sexy chick. Ray stands alone at the bar drinking a beer. Annie pulls Sam onto the dance floor.Title: Lucky Lady
Performer: Jones BrothersMore DetailLess DetailSam chooses a chair over Adrienne.
T. Rex - Electric Warrior (Remastered) - Bang a Gong (Get It On)

Title: 20th Century Man
Performer: The Kinks
Label: Universal
Scene: Sam goes into a dream state “trip.”
The Kinks - Muswell Hillbillies - 20th Century Man

Title: Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress
Performer: The Hollies
Label: EMI
Scene: Sam and Hunt climb into the sedan and drive to Club Vendetta and charge past the bouncers into the club. Sam and Hunt bust in on gangsters with their guns drawn. Sam finds the hidden heroin and then recognizes his mother in the crowd.
The Hollies - Greatest Hits - Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)

Title: Long Promised Road
Performer: The Beach Boys
Label: EMI
Scene: Annie says goodbye to Sam. Hunt finds a grocery bag of cash in his work closet. Sam burns the money. Sam walks into his old apartment.
The Beach Boys - Sunflower / Surf's Up - Long Promised Road

Season 1 Episode 5 - Things To Do In New York When You Think You’re Dead

Title: Wild In The Streets
Performer: Garland Jeffreys
Label: Atlantic
Scene: A Butterfly and Keisha fly through the air. Keisha’s crime scene. Father Sam hands over Angel to Sam & Ray. Car explodes. A manhunt is organized.
Elliott Murphy & Garland Jeffreys & Chris Spedding - Live Hot Point - Wild In the Streets

Title: I’m Gonna Keep On Loving You
Performer: Kool Blues
Label: Numero Group
Scene: DJ Lovebutter gives Sam & Fletcher a lead.
Kool Blues - Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label - I'm Going to Keep On Loving You

Title: Come On And Get It
Performer: Marion Black
Label: Numero Group
Scene: Sam & Fletcher meet Lovebutter.

Title: He Keeps You
Performer: Boscoe
Label: Asterisk
Scene: Angel & Hunt call in.
Marion Black - Eccentric Soul: The Prix Label - Come On & Gettit

Title: Anywhere In Glory
Performer: The Mighty Indiana Travelers
Label: Now Again
Scene: Cops & Crowd. A Fight. Sam spots Angel & pursues.
The Mighty Indiana Travelers - Anywhere In Glory

Title: Everybody Is A Star
Performer: Sly & The Family Stone
Label: Epic
Scene: Hunt comes to a conclusion. Tensions below too. Chris hears gunshots above. Vigil over. A gurney brings out Angel’s body. Sam pays his respect to Angel who’s Alive! The ambulance pulls away. Hunt punches Sam and walks away.
Sly & The Family Stone - The Essential Sly & the Family Stone - Everybody Is a Star

Season 1 Episode 6 - Tuesday’s Dead

Title: Sweet Lucy
Performer: The Propositions
Label: Ubiquity
Scene: The guys throw a huge party for Ray’s birthday. Sam invites Annie to the party but she does not want to go.
The Propositions - Funky Disposition - The Complete Propositions Collection (Remastered) - Sweet Lucy

Title: We’re an American Band
Performer: Grand Funk Railroad
Label: EMI
Scene: Sam and Annie dance on their desks at the precinct drinking and having fun. The co-workers and friends dance and sing.
Grand Funk Railroad - Greatest Hits: Grand Funk Railroad - We're an American Band

Title: Going To Make a Time Machine
Performer: The Majestic Arrows
Label: Numero Group
Scene: Sam hears the song playing on a radio in the break room of a hospital.
The Majestic Arrows - Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label - Going to Make a Time Machine

Title: Tuesday’s Dead
Performer: Cat Stevens
Label: Universal
Scene: Sam surveys the damage at the hospital. The guys in the precinct cheer for victory because there was only one death. Annie comforts Sam.
Cat Stevens - Teaser and the Firecat - Tuesday's Dead

Season 1 Episode 7 - The Man Who Sold The World

Title: Everything I Own
Performer: Bread
Label: Elektra
Scene: Glimpses of a woman in a red dress running. Vic asks Sammy if he’d like to get to the moon. Vic gets processed. Annie & Sam talk.
Bread - The Best of Bread - Everything I Own

Title: Reeling In The Years
Performer: Steely Dan
Label: MCA
Scene: Sam gets to know Tyler. Sam tells Vic he’ll help protect them.
Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill - Reelin' in the Years

Title: Life On Mars
Performer: David Bowie
Label: RCA
Scene: Sam moves through the club. Finds bodies and Vic. The guys follow a baby’s cries. Annie walkies Sam from park, Sam says do not approach. Sam’s at car, betrayed yet determined.
David Bowie - Hunky Dory - Life On Mars?

Title: Spaceman
Performer: Harry Nilsson
Label: RCA
Scene: Sam, Annie, & Vic in the woods. Sam gets shot. Paramedics rush Sam on a gurney down the hallway. Sam gets out of bed, determined to find answers. Sam looks over all of his case files. Sam pulls onto Stewart Drive.
Harry Nilsson - Harry Nilsson: Greatest Hits - Spaceman

Season 1 Episode 8 — Take A Look At That Lawman

Title: No Time
Performer: The Guess Who
Scene: 1st - City montage into the jumper on a ledge with the cops trying to talk him down. 2nd - Cops arrive at the bank to check out the crime scene. 3rd - They find a dead body and Sam moves in to examine her. A small rover flies out of her wound.
The Guess Who - The Guess Who: Greatest Hits - No Time

Title: Legs
Performer: Darondo
Label: Luv N’ Haight/Ubiquity Records
Scene: Sam and Maria hook up.
Darondo - Let My People Go - Legs

Title: Whiskey In The Jar
Performer: Thin Lizzy
Label: Universal
Scene: A brawl in the bathhouse between Hunt’s crew, Nunzio’s crew, and Lukin’s men. The crew is hanging out in a bar. Sam talks to Annie.
Thin Lizzy - Dedication - The Very Best of Thin Lizzy - Whiskey in the Jar 

Title: My Maria
Performer: B.W. Stevenson
Label: RCA
Scene: We find out Gene is Maria’s dad to Sam’s surprise.
B.W. Stevenson - Radio Hits of the '70s - My Maria

Season 1 Episode 9 — The Dark Side of the Mook

Title: White Room
Performer: Cream
Label: Polydor
Scene:1st Use - Montage: Sam walks down stairs into a dark basement. Hunt is in the station and receives a box from someone anonymous.Sam begins to dig at the foot of the tree as Hunt begins to open the box. 2nd - Sam receives mysterious phone call.

Title: 30 Days In The Hole
Performer: Humble Pie
Label: A&M
Scene: Sam, Hunt, Ray and Chris enter a biker bar looking for information about the man who killed Albert Corsey. Hunt gets a bit pushy and gets confronted by the main guy who owns the bar. They know that the main guy has info he is not telling.

Title: I’m Not Afraid Of Love
Performer: Sharon Clark & The Product Of Time
Label: Numero Group
Scene: Sam and Annie talk about schizophrenia and also about Ray.

Season 1 Episode 10 - Let All the Children Boogie

Title: Look at the View
Performer: The Action

Title: Yesterday’s Game
Performer: Traffic Sound

Title: Supersonic Rocket Ship
Performer: The Kinks

Title: Starman
Performer: David Bowie

Title: The Last Planet I Kissed
Performer: Sebastian Grace and The Electric Insects

Season 1 Episode 11 - Home is Where You Hang Your Holster

Title: Ballroom Blitz
Performer: The Sweet

Title: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Performer: Judy Garland

Season 1 Episode 12 - A Simple Secret of the Note in Us All

Title: It Don’t Come Easy
Performer: Ringo Starr

Title: Lux
Performer: Traffic Sound

Title: Isn’t Life Strange
Performer: The Moody Blues

Season 1 Episode 13 - Revenge of Broken Jaw

Title: Rocket Man
Performer: Elton John
Title: Go Now
Performer: Moody Blues

Season 1 Episode 14 - Coffee, Tea or Annie

Title: Fakin’ It
Performer: Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel

Title: Venus
Performer: Shocking Blue

Title: Point Me in the Direction of Albuquerque
Performer: The Partridge Family

Season 1 Episode 15 - All the Young Dudes

Title: You Don’t Mess Around with Jim
Performer: Jim Croce

Title: All the Young Dudes
Performer: Mott The Hoople

Season 1 Episode 16 - Everyone Knows It’s Windy

Title: Satellite of Love
Performer: Lou Reed

Title: Go All the Way
Performer: The Raspberries

Title: Windy
Performer: The Association

Season 1 Episode 17 - Everyone Knows It’s Windy

Title: Life is a Rock
Performer: Reunion
Title: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
Performer: Elton John

2 Responses

  1. #1 Magpie

    Groovy soundtrack. I love it. Funk-diddly-icious. This must have taken you a fair bit of time to compile, good work. Thanks =).

    And you are right, that is a very good show.

  2. #2 Magpie

    From Variety:

    Network insiders said they were fans of the show and pleased with its creative chops — but that the ratings ultimately didn’t warrant a second season. The most recent seg of “Life on Mars” averaged just a 2.0 rating/5 share among adults 18-49, as well as 5.5 million viewers.

    Five more episodes of “Life on Mars” remain out of the series’ 17-episode order. As previously announced, the show’s Wednesday 10 p.m. slot will go to newcomer “The Unusuals” in April.

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