The Complete Soundtrack To 'I Know This Much Is True'

Evan Romano

From Men's Health

  • I Know This Much Is True is HBO's latest Sunday night prestige limited series.

  • In addition to it's complex plot, the series also features a number of excellent songs.

  • It's based on Wally Lamb's book of the same name, stars Mark Ruffalo, and is directed by Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond The Pines).

The first episode of HBO's adaptation of I Know This Much Is True, based on Wally Lamb's novel of the same name, introduces viewers to much of what's going on in the story. There's the twin brothers Dominick and Thomas, the latter of whom suffers from paranoid schizophrenia (both are played by Mark Ruffalo). There's their mother, who's recently died of breast cancer (Melissa Leo), and Ray, their distant stepfather (John Procaccino). There's also Dominick's ex-wife Dessa (Kathryn Hahn).

One of the most interesting glimpses into Dominick's character comes when a woman named Nedra (Juliette Lewis), who's translating his grandfather's Italian manuscript into English, comes to his house and comes on to him. The show wonderfully uses diegetic music—in the form of Nedra finding Dominick' The Romantics vinyl—to tell us not only about the situation, but to teach viewers about the personalities of both Dominick and Nedra. Just from one small interaction, we know the kind of music Dominick likes enough to buy, how Nedra judges him after seeing it, and what she thinks he would've had instead.I Know This Much Is True writer/director Derek Cianfrance clearly understand how much someone's taste in music can say about them.

That's just one of a few key music moments in I Know This Much Is True. As the series progresses through it's six parts, we'll continue to keep this story updated with each and every song included. Below, you can find every song listed so far.

Episode 1

"Stabat Mater, D 383: I "Jesus Christus Schwebt Am Kreuzel"" - Franz Schubert, Michel Combos & Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne

"The Serpent (In Quicksilver)" - Harold Budd

"A Child In A Sylvan Field" - Harold Budd

"Aria Nova" - Unknown Artist - from Folk Music From Italy, Recorded by Walther Hennig (Smithsonian Folkways)

"Madrigals Of The Rose Angel" - Harold Budd

"Talking In Your Sleep" - The Romantics

"Everything She Wants" - Wham!

"Precious Memories" - Sister Rosetta Tharpe

"The Room" - Harold Budd

"Sweet Memories" - Mickey Newbury

Episode 2

"Feral" - Harold Budd

"By The Sea" - Wendy & Bonnie

"Genius Of Love" - Tom Tom Club

"Dead Horse Alive With Flies" - Harold Budd

"I Got A Name" - Jim Croce

"The Serpent (In Quicksilver)" - Harold Budd (Also used in Episode 1)

"Time" - Alan Parsons Project

"Date With The Rain" - Eddie Kendricks

"The Sporting Life" - The Mickey Finn

"Steppin' Out" - Joe Jackson

Episode 3

"Wade In The Water" - The Soul Stirrers

"Balthus Bemused By Color" - Harold Budd

"A Child In A Sylvan Field" - Harold Budd

"Cross My Heart" - Billy Stewart

"Close The Door" - The Two Things In One

"The Kiss" - Harold Budd

"Hypocrite" - Bill Fay Group

"Sweet Love" - Anita Baker

"Parallel Night" - Harold Budd

"The Art Of Mirrors (After Derek Jarman)" - Harold Budd

"Don't Dream It's Over" - Crowded House

"Drive" - The Cars

"Drowning In Torment" - Whiplash

"The First Cut Is The Deepest" - P.P. Arnold

Episode 4

"Agnes Martin" - Harold Budd

"It Makes Me Laugh" - Evie Sands

"Down The Slopes To The Meadow" - Harold Budd

"Anish Kapoor" - Harold Budd

"I'll See You In My Dreams" - Jimmy Durante

"Mind Flowers" - Ultimate Spinach

"A Free Country" - Eddie Holman

"Dark Star" - Harold Budd

"Rub With Ashes" - Harold Budd

Episode 5

Ecce Lignum Crucis (Sicily - Music For Holy Week)

Deep Water - The Rivingtons

Sitting In The Park - Billy Stewart

La Muchacha De Los Sueons - Harold Budd, Rubin Garcia, & Daniel Lentz

Widows Charm - Harold Budd

Abandoned Cities - Harold Budd

Forever Young - Alphaville

Sentimental Lady - Bob Welch

Farewell - The Ethics

Fernwärme - Michael Rother

Episode 6

Set Adrift On Memory Bliss - PM Dawn

Cherish - Madonna

Epic - Faith No More

Valse Pour Le Fin Du Temps - Harold Budd

Boy About 10 - Harold Budd

Il Tempo Dello Spirito - Alessandro Alessandroni

Jane 12 - Harold Budd

Jane 14 - Harold Budd

Black Bart - Harold Budd

Country Polka - Folk Music From Italy

A Sidelong Glance From My Round Nefertiti - Harold Budd

Afar - Harold Budd

So Long - Ruth Brown

Not Yet Remembered - Harold Budd & Brian Eno

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