Reservoir Dogs OMPS
Welcome to the massive group effort Film [Soundtrack] Festival! From November 1-14, we’re covering all sorts of movie soundtracks. There’ll surely be lots for everybody! Huge thanks to Bruce at THE VINYL CONNECTION for this fantastic group post idea! COMMUNITY!
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.
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.