During the research and writing phases of creating Umbilicus, Paula found that one of the most powerful ways to jog her memory about events and emotions relevant to the story was through music.

Although the names of all the real-life characters in the book have been changed, the names of radio and club DJs (public personalities) have not, in order to provide a cultural touchpoint.

To get an idea of what the protagonist, Charlotte, was avidly listening to during the timeframe of the story (1991 – 1995), grab your headphones and check out the full soundtrack here. No need to watch the YouTube videos, just carry on with what you were doing while the songs play in the background!


Alphaville | Forever Young

Bauhaus | She’s in Parties

Camouflage | Love is a Shield

The Charlatans | The Only One I Know

The Cure | Charlotte Sometimes

David Bowie | Ashes to Ashes

Depeche Mode | Walking in My Shoes

The Getout | Secondhand Junk Store

James | Born of Frustration

Jesus Jones | Who? Where? Why?

Joy Division | She’s Lost Control

Kate Bush | Running Up That Hill

The Mission | Butterfly on a Wheel

Morrissey | Everyday is Like Sunday

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | The Weeping Song

No Friends of Harry | A Long Way Home

Primal Scream | Higher Than the Sun

Siouxsie and the Banshees | Christine

The Sisters of Mercy | Marian

The Smiths | How Soon is Now?

The Stone Roses | I Wanna Be Adored

Suede | Animal Nitrate

Velvet Underground | Venus in Furs

The Wolfgang Press | Kansas