Most of these conceptual mixtapes are motivated by the book in question. And while I enjoyed “Gone Girl,” it wasn’t really at the front of the line of books that I wanted to put together a mixtape for. But one afternoon while I was at Home Goods I heard Greg Laswell’s “Nicely Played” on the overhead speakers, and thought that it fit perfectly with the general conceit of Amy Dunne’s vindictive scheme to destroy her husband.
As with most best-sellers, the film rights to “Gone Girl” were very quickly optioned and the movie will be released in October. I don’t know why, but I have this strange sense of misgiving that Gillian Flynn will not turn out to be a good screenwriter. But I think the novel was great fun.
1. “Tallahassee” – The Mountain Goats
Life in a soulless McMansion in North Carthage.
2. “She’s Long Gone” – The Black Keys
The first few desperate hours.
3. “One Step Behind” – Palpitation
Nick encounters and begins to decipher Amy’s clues.
4. “Here to Help” – The Cams
The locals gather to help search, some are more friendly than is appropriate.
5. “Dirty Little Secret” – The All-American Rejects
6. “Mama’s Boy” – Jason Martin & The Corner Pocket
Nick pays a visit to an old friend of Amy’s and his mother.
7. “Rough Detective” – The Dead Weather
The local police start to suspect there are some holes in Nick’s story.
8. “Jigsaw Falling Into Place” – OK Rainbow Thief
Amy’s clues lead to some disturbing revelations.
9. “She Lives” – Swans
The big reveal.
10. “Hideaway” – Mystery Jets
Amy’s current locale and her rumination on Nick’s infidelity.
11. “Catfish” – The Excellos
Amy experiences local culture in the Ozarks.
12. “Destitute” – Tetrad Band
Amy’s narrowly focused planning leaves her vulnerable.
13. “Secrets” – Detective Agency
Nick begins to learn the truth about his wife.
14. “The Prisoner” – The Dutchess & The Duke
Amy realizes she doesn’t have as much control over Desi as she expected to.
15. “Bite the Hand That Needs You” – Drinking Flowers
One last act of treachery to bring the couple back together.
16. “Nicely Played” – Greg Laswell
A precarious peace descends on the Dunne household.