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Of course, we’ve all seen Reservoir Dogs before, and we know it for the slice of Tarantino genius that it is.

What sometimes gets overlooked, though, is its stellar soundtrack. With the hilarious and deadpan Steven Wright as our DJ, we roll through some truly great tracks. First up, after Wright’s introduction, is George Baker’s Little Green Bag, a ridiculously happy tune with some Tom Jones-ish vocals. The Rock Flock Of Five is Wright listing tracks we didn’t hear on this CD, and then it’s Blue Swede’s Hooked On A Feeling. I never understood the appeal of the “ooga chucka” intro, but whatever. But the rest of the tune is soulful and fun.

Wright comes back with Bohemiath, which lists more songs we didn’t hear, and a contest for monster truck rally tickets. Brilliance. Joe Tex’ I Gotcha is damn funky, and that sax lays down the low end gorgeously. Then it’s straight into Bedlam* covering Magic Carpet Ride, which ably handles Steppenwolf’s tune after a long intro.

Then Tarantino himself  lays down his Madonna Speech, with his hilarious opinion on what Like A Virgin means. Oh man. Then it’s Sandy Rogers’ Fool For Love. You know it well, it’s a country gem with super-strong vocals. Then Wright is back, and Super Sounds unexcitedly (haha!) introduces Stealers Wheel’s Stuck In The Middle With You, a total classic and one of the reasons I first bought this CD, ages ago.

Bedlam is back with Harvest Moon, which is not a cover of Neil Young. It’s a cool coffee house-style acoustic guitar tune. Then it’s dialogue from the film, Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth talking about how to handle hostages in a bank robbery, then wanting a taco in Let’s Get A Taco… Wright comes back briefly to introduce Harry Nilsson’s Coconut. We all know that tune, right? Exactly. And finally, taking us out of here, it’s Wright again for 0:05 signing off the radio station.

In Sum:

A total classic soundtrack for a classic film. What a great way to start the series!

 

* Bedlam was a 1990s rock group from Nashville fronted by Jay Joyce, who were signed to MCA Records. Their album Into the Coals was released in 1992. Further members were Chris Feinstein (bass) and Doug Lancio. “Magic Carpet Ride” is a cover of the 1968 Steppenwolf song. “Harvest Moon” is written by Jay Joyce.

Posted on 2016-11-01, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. Embarrassed to say, I’ve not seen the film. But based on your review and Steven Wright, I’ll grab the CD next time I encounter it!

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  2. Amazing film and score.

    “Can you hear me?”

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  3. It’s tough to hear stuck in the middle and not think of Resevoir Dogs – nice start to the series Aaron!

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  4. Ooga Chaka! Ooga Chaka! One of my favourite soundtracks, this one. Don’t think Tarantino has ever delivered a bad one, has he?

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  5. Never watched the film…not much of a Tarantino fan really

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  6. I’ve always loved this ST for the Stephen Wright bits but I’ve always found the music really rank!

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  7. I could almost do a Record Store Tale — my introduction to Quentin Tarantino. But I’ll just give you a short version here!

    So 1995, I had befriended this customer named Freddie, and he ordered this soundtrack. Said it was awesome, I had to hear it. In his van we played it, and it’s the scene with Harvey Keitel — “Let’s get a taco”. And he’s laughing and I don’t get it. No context for me, I haven’t seen the movie. He said it was a must-see, so we made plans to check it out.

    I had a really bad sore throat and we loaded up on hot coffee and rented the movie from Blockbuster. Next thing you know I’m nursing my sore throat watching some guy getting his ear cut off! I didn’t like the movie and I told Freddie that I got to pick the next one because of this ear cutting scene!

    I didn’t see the movie again for at least five years. Now I love it for the classic it is, and this soundtrack as well obviously.

    Funny thing — Hooked on a Feeling was well known from this at this time but now it has a way bigger life as the Guardians of the Galaxy theme song.

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    • You should do an RST about this!

      That ear scene is definitely a rough one. I knew about the Guardians thing, but I left it out because I was talking about Rez Dogs!

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