A Netflix “Dark” Soundtrack for Purchase on iTunes

Here’s an (unofficial) soundtrack album for the 2017 Netflix series “Dark,” for iTunes downloading:

  1. “Industry” – Mire Kay [iTunes $1.29]
  2. “Anthricite Fields: IV. Flowers” – Julia Wolf, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Bang on a Can All-Stars & Julian Wachner [iTunes $0.99]
  3. “The Look of Love, Pt. 1” – ABC [iTunes $1.29]
  4. “Familiar” – Agnes Obel [iTunes $1.29]
  5. “Keep the Streets Empty For Me” – Fever Ray [iTunes $1.29]
  6. “Me and the Devil” – Soap&Skin [iTunes $1.29]
  7. “Enter One” – Sol Seppy [iTunes $0.99]
  8. “Es wird ja alles wieder gut” – Detlev Lais [iTunes $0.99]
  9. “When I Was Done Dying” – Dan Deacon [iTunes $1.29]
  10. “I Ran (So Far Away)” – A Flock of Seagulls [iTunes $1.29]
  11. “Wishing Well” – Stomper feat. Lucy Topps [iTunes $1.29]
  12. “Cow Song” – Merideth Monk & Collin Walcott [iTunes $1.29]
  13. “A Quiet Life” – Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld [iTunes $0.99]
  14. “Goodbye” – Apparat & Soap&Skin [iTunes $1.29]

The above is based substantially on Cinema Lumina’s streaming Apple Music playlist, with Marcin Tomaszewski’s Spotify playlist, and the sleuths on Tunefind.

Play time is a satisfying 1 hour 2 minutes, and the total cost a less-so $16.86. If you’d like to save a few bucks, I’d recommend omitting the just-barely-a-song “Cow Song,” the unintentionally creepy postwar German hit “Es wird ja alles wieder gut,” and ’80s crap “The Look of Love” and “I Ran.” (Nostalgia? I was there, Gandalf! In the 1980s. I was there when the strength of men failed…)

Besides the (unavailable) score itself, there are some omissions. On the out-of-place counterpoint song front, I prefer the Flock of Seagulls song to “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” by Dead of Alive [iTunes $1.29] simply because it’s less annoying (and lacks even the freaky faux-sincerity of ABC). It also appears only briefly as music heard by characters, in continuity. Likewise “Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann” by Nena [iTunes $1.29], old standby “Shout” by Tears for Fears [iTunes $1.29] and the two barely-heard generic metal tracks, “R├╝cklauf” by Marathonmann [iTunes $1.29] and “Pleasure to Kill” by Kreator [iTunes $1.29]. Roomful of Teeth’s odd experimental vocal track tends to fade into the general noise ambiance of the show’s sound mix, but the track is “Partita: III. Courante” [iTunes $0.99]. Likewise Ben Frost’s pleasant but forgettable “Snow” [iTunes $1.29]. Finally, there’s a Mimi Page track supposedly called “Nightfall,” but I haven’t been able to locate it.