Warning: Contains spoilers for Peacemaker
James Gunn is back behind the wheel, and it shows in the soundtrack for DC’s Peacemaker TV show. James Gunn became a household name when he began working for Marvel on the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. He quickly developed a reputation for two things: pulling out obscure comic book characters to include in his media, and making a killer soundtrack where every song hit just right. When it comes to music, Peacemaker similarly delivers.
Peacemaker sees John Cena return to his DCEU role from The Suicide Squad alongside some familiar faces, some new adaptations of DC Comics characters, and some brand new characters fresh from the mind of James Gunn. After briefly thinking that he is free, Peacemaker finds himself trapped in Argus’ latest plan: Project Butterfly. While Peacemaker is facing off against the mysterious Butterflies, his father, Auggie Smith (Robert Patrick) is arrested and revealed as the white supremacist villain White Dragon.
Superhero adaptations and James Gunn both thrive on a certain degree of spectacle, and every song in Peacemaker helps to drive that point home. Whether the song is playing in the background of an emotional montage that helps dive deeper into the damaged psyche of the patriotic-to-a-fault Peacemaker, or is the score to a fight scene with John Cena in his underwear, it serves its purpose well. Here’s every song that appears in the Peacemaker soundtrack.
Peacemaker’s Intro Credits Song
“Do Ya Wanna Taste It” – Wig Wam: Each episode of Peacemaker includes a full opening credits sequence in which the majority of the series cast puts on a fully choreographed dance number to Wig Wam’s 2010 song “Do Ya Wanna Taste It.”
Peacemaker, Episode 1, “A Whole New Whirled”
“Come On Come On” – Nashville Pussy: As Peacemaker leaves Leota Adebayo (Danielle Brooks) at the restaurant and drives through town with Eagly hanging out the window, “Come On Come On” by Nashville Pussy plays on his car radio. The song continues to play as Peacemaker notices Harcourt entering a bar and pulls a U-turn to go and meet up with her.
“Summertime Girls” – Y&T: As Harcourt sits in the bar and is approached by a guy trying to hit on her, “Summertime Girls” plays on the jukebox and continues as Peacemaker enters and joins her at the bar. The song makes a notable crescendo as Peacemaker watches Harcourt turn back from beating up a guy.
“Night Of Passion” – The Poodles: As Peacemaker starts to discuss sleeping with Harcourt, the music in the bar transitions to The Poodles’ “Night Of Passion” which amps up as he catches the eye of a woman in the bar and the scene cuts to the two of them having sex in a bathroom.
“I Don’t Love You Anymore” – The Quireboys: After sleeping with the Butterfly, Peacemaker flips through her records and puts on a The Quireboys album and selects the song “I Don’t Love You Anymore.” The song continues to play as Peacemaker dances and sings into a Hitachi wand before eventually being attacked by the Butterfly. The song finally stops playing when Peacemaker jumps out of the window to get away from the Butterfly, giving the impression that it has stopped because he can no longer hear it.
“Love Bomb Baby” – Tigertailz: After killing the Butterfly with a sonic boom, Peacemaker sits in the wreckage with Eagly as Tigertailz’ “Love Bomb Baby” plays over the Peacemaker episode 1 end credits.
Peacemaker, Episode 2, “Best Friend, For Never”
“7 O’clock” – The Quireboys: Developing the continuity between episodes, in Peacemaker episode 2, as Peacemaker rushes back into the Butterfly’s apartment, The Quireboys’ album restarts and plays the first song on the side, “7 O’clock.” The song cuts out as other characters are seen, but returns when for Peacemaker’s scenes as he rummages through the apartment for things he wants, collecting vinyl, CDs, cookie cutters, and a strange glowing device.
“Borderline Crazy” – The Cruel Intentions: As Leota Adebayo, Emilia Harcourt, Peacemaker, and Eagly escape in the car after being shot at by the police, “Borderline Crazy” by The Cruel Intentions is the song that plays as Leota laughs manically and they speed off.
“Don’t Treat Me Bad” – Firehouse: Back in his trailer, Peacemaker goes through his bounty of records and selects one by Firehouse and plays the song “Don’t Treat Me Bad.” The song continues to play as Peacemaker cries on the bed, beats himself up, and reflects on Rick Flag’s last words. The Firehouse song continues to fades in to the background as Vigilante (Freddie Stroma) appears at Peacemaker’s window.
“Drag Me Down” – Santa Cruz: The song that plays as Peacemaker and Vigilante head out to the woods to destroy appliances and blow off some steam is “Drag Me Down” by Santa Cruz.
“Boots On Rocks Off” – Dust Bowl Jokies: As Auggie Smith is arrested for the murder of the Butterfly after Leota bribed Evan and Amber, Dust Bowl Jokies’ song “Boots On Rocks Off” begins to play. The song continues to play as Peacemaker switches to Leota and Keeya (Elizabeth Ludlow) discussing Keeya staying somewhere else and then to a scene of Peacemaker, Amber, and Vigilante sharing a bed.
“Pumped Up Kicks” – John Murphy feat. Ralph Saenz: After Auggie is worshipped by white supremacists in prison, the credits begin to roll with a cover of “Pumped Up Kicks” playing over them. The song is originally by Foster The People and its inclusion is a reference to the argument that Amber and Evan have earlier in the episode. This cover version by John Murphy featuring Ralph Saenz was recorded specially for Peacemaker.
Peacemaker, Episode 3, “Better Goff Dead”
“Would You Love A Creature” – Sister: The song that plays as Peacemaker and The Suicide Squad’s Emilia Harcourt share time in the sniper’s nest is “Would You Love A Creature” by Sister. The song continues in the background as Peacemaker and Harcourt get to know each other better and fades out as Vigilante appears.
“Six Feet Under” – Kissin’ Dynamite: As the Butterfly senator Goff comes in and prepares to torture Vigilante and Peacemaker the song “Six Feet Under” by Kissin’ Dynamite plays. The song also plays while the rest of the team are looking for Peacemaker and Vigilante but have not yet realized that they are above them. The song fades out as Leota discovers the passage to the basement and Vigilante is unmasked.
“Push Push (Lady Lightning)” – Bang Camaro: Over a montage that sees a Butterfly erupt from senator Goff’s face, Peacemaker and Vigilante understand the name of Project Butterfly, and John Economos dancing over Judomaster, Bang Camaro’s “Push Push (Lady Lightning)” plays. The song continues throughout the Peacemaker episode 3 end credits.
Peacemaker releases new episodes Thursdays on HBO Max.
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