Monday, April 09, 2007

Tarantino - King of Soundtracks

Not everyone might agree with me on this, but I'll propose that Quentin Tarantino revolutionized the art of the soundtrack with his release of the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack. I could be mistaken by this, but as far as I know, he was the first to intersperse dialog taken from the movie between songs. Quentin also masterfully brings classic songs out of the past and reclaims them for the present. With the release of Death Proof, he's done it again. Take a walk done memory lane with me...

Who ever saw this movie coming? One minute movie making made sense and there was a lack of senseless violence, then... WHAM... here comes Reservoir Dogs. If you saw this before Pulp Fiction, your entire schema of movie watching had to be re-wired. If you decided to see it after Pulp Fiction, it was a little easier to comprehend. The story took more jumps and twists than a William Faulkner novel. The soundtrack was just as revolutionary. Woven into the story is Steven Wright in the background as a radio DJ on KBILLY - The Home of Rock, who plays much of the music featured on the soundtrack.

George Baker - Little Green Bag : Reservoir Dogs Soundtrack

Film Dialogue - Let's Get A Taco : Reservoir Dogs Soundtrack

This was the film that brought Tarantino into the public's consciousness and resuscitated John Travolta's acting career. After Pulp Fiction, there would be no going back. What's to say about this movie? The only way you haven't seen it is if you've been wandering around the Amazon jungle for the last 15 years. Go out and rent it tonight.

Dick Dale & The Del-Tones - Pumpkin & Honey Bunny (dialogue)/Miserlou : Pulp Fiction Soundtrack

Film Dialogue - Royale With Cheese : Pulp Fiction Soundtrack

This wasn't nearly as big a hit as previous films, but Jackie Brown still produced an enjoyable soundtrack. Although not completely blood free, this film sported must less violence than previous productions. Quentin takes a turn from the usual clasic rock and instead included a lot of Motown / Funk inspired music on this album.

The Delfonics - Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time : Jackie Brown Soundtrack

Film Dialogue - Melanie, Simone and Sheronda : Jackie Brown Soundtrack

And now available is the latest chapter: Death Proof, one half of a double release accompanying Planet Terror. I haven't seen the movie yet so I can't comment on its cinematic merit, but the soundtrack is just an enjoyable as previous releases.

April March - Chick Habit : Death Proof Soundtrack

Film Dialogue - Whatever-However : Death Proof Soundtrack



Anonymous said...

no mention of the kill bill soundtracks which gave us santa esmeralda and zamfir amongst other note-worthy artists?

Sean said...

I'll be perfectly honest and admit that although I've seen all of Kill Bill 1 in bits and pieces here and there (never from beginning to end at once), I've never seen a single scene from Kill Bill 2. I also regrettably own neither of the soundtracks.

Stephen said...

You should see Kill Bill 2, it's superior to the first one...also has some good stuff on the soundtrack, Charlie Feathers, Johnny Cash, in addition to some of the bits from previous film scores like Ennio Moricone's "A Silhouette of Doom" being a personal favorite The first Vol's soundtrack may have been even better with that "Woo Hoo" song by the's that they played in the Vonage commercials, and that badass funky guitar instrumental "Battle Without Honor or Humanity" by Tomoyasu Hotei, not to mention "Bang Bang" by Nancy Sinatra.

Alex said...

"Chick Habit" is extremely addicting!

Anonymous said...

Could you upload the whole albums/?

Sean said...

Sorry, but no. If you click on any of the album titles, they'll take you to, where you'll be able to pick up most of the albums new or used for pretty cheap.