Soundtrack: Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice film poster
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Note: Below is a complete playlist of all 18 songs that can be heard in the movie “Inherent Vice”. Some of these commercial songs are not included on the official soundtrack album, but are used in the movie.


All 18 songs featured in “Inherent Vice”:

Song:Listen on:
Dreamin‘ on a Cloud - The Tornados
Timestamp: 0:01 | Scene: Shasta talks to Larry "Doc" Sportello.
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Vitamin C (2004 – Remaster) - Can
Timestamp: 0:07 | Scene: The opening credits are faded in.
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Simba - Les Baxter
Timestamp: 0:19 | Scene: Doc is in "a massage salon". Scene change: He lies next to a dead man on the floor and is surrounded by the police.
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Spooks - Jonny Greenwood
Timestamp: 0:36 | Scene: Doc searches the house.
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Burning Bridges - Jack Scott
Timestamp: 0:37 | Scene: Doc falls on a police car. He is beaten up by a policeman. Later he meets Penny (Reese Witherspoon) on a bench.
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Harvest - Neil Young
Timestamp: 0:53 | Scene: Doc looks out the window with his binoculars. Doc calls Penny.
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Here Comes the Ho-Dads - The Marketts
Timestamp: 0:56 | Scene: Penny asks Doc if he loves her. More scenes follow. Doc is at a party. He meets the woman from the massage salon.
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Les Fleurs - Minnie Riperton
Timestamp: 1:11 | Scene: Song can be heard after Doc's conversation with (Hope Harlingen) Jena Malone. He goes back to his treatment room.
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Journey Through the Past - Neil Young
Timestamp: 1:14 | Scene: Doc and Shasta running through the rain. Doc visits the place where they were standing in the rain. There is now a big building.
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Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto
Timestamp: 1:30 | Scene: Doc talks to Lt. Det. Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen (Josh Brolin). He puts on sunglasses and then leaves the restaurant.
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(What a) Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
Timestamp: 2:11 | Scene: Doc is sitting in a car with two other people. He smokes weed. The song can be heard quietly in the background.
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Amethyst - Jonny Greenwood
Timestamp: 2:15 | Scene: Coy Harlingen (Owen Wilson) moves in with his wife again. Doc is sitting in the car watching the scene.
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Any Day Now - Chuck Jackson
Timestamp: 2:21 | Scene: Song can be heard in the credits.
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Rhythm of the Rain - The Cascades
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Soup (2004 Remaster) - Can
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The Throwaway Age - Bob Irwin and The Pluto Walkers
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The Ballad of Gilligan’s Island [feat. Dominik Hauser] - Sherwood Schwartz & George Wyle
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Never My Love - The Association
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What’s the movie about?
Los Angeles 1970: The private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is visited by his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston), who tells him a crazy story. She has an affair with the billionaire Mickey Wolfman (Eric Roberts) and found out that his wife and his lover plan to kidnap Mickey and then put him in a psychiatric institution. In the course of his investigation he not only has to deal with his enemy ex-colleague Christian “Bigfoot” Bjornsen (Josh Brolin), but also has to deal with shady characters.

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