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!
So it was brought, quite correctly, to my attention by Bruce at Vinylconnection (the progenitor of this fabulous group series, thanks heaps, Bruce!) that my Beavis & Butthead Experience post might not count as a soundtrack. You know something, he’s right. It isn’t a soundtrack for Beavis & Butthead Do America (that has its own disc, which I do not yet own). It’s a stand-alone disc of B&B doing their thing, with tunes interspersed. Not a soundtrack. Well-caught, Bruce, and thanks!
Which leaves me with only one option: do another post to make sure I still get one-per-day done for this two week span, as I’d promised I would do!
And how best to fill in that space? Pulp Fiction. Tarantino always has killer soundtracks, and Pulp Fiction may be one of his best… Let’s have a look, shall we?
Honestly, do I need to tell you about this one? Do I have to tell you how integral the music here is to this film? I SERIOUSLY DOUBT IT!
Dick Dale & The Del-Tones waits for Pumpkin & Honey Bunny before breaking into the surf classic Miserlou. Then it’s some movie dialogue in Royale With Cheese. Haha awesome. I love the conversations Tarantino’s characters have. Just regular people talking about mundane shit. It makes the action and rougher parts more human.
Kool & The Gang’s Jungle Boogie is next, another classic. Al Green’s perfect Let’s Stay Together (can it get better than this?) rolls into The Tornadoes’ Bustin’ Surfboards, another surf essential. We switch gears to another one we all know well, Ricky Nelson’s Lonesome Town. I always loved this song.
And speaking of lifetimer songs, Dusty Springfield’s Son Of A Preacher Man is up next. Oh man. OH MAN. Then it’s more surf madness with The Centurions’ BullWinkle Part II, but only after Zed’s Dead Baby, more dialogue from the film. Chuck Berry gives us the dance scene music of You Never Can Tell. Seriously, folks, have you ever seen a soundtrack that was so closely tied to the film? This one’s nuts!
Urge Overkill’s Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon is from another big scene, and Maria McKee’s If Love Is A Red Dress so struck me when I heard it here that I taught myself to play it on guitar! The Revels’ surfy growly sax Comanche follows Bring Out The Gimp… hooboy. The Statler Brothers’ Flowers On The Wall is also integral to the film, and what a whacky fun tune besides.
Dialogue Personality Goes A Long Way is some fun dialogue from a diner scene, which leads into The Lively Ones’ Surf Rider, more great surf music. Damn I love this stuff. And too soon the disc ends, with some of the biggest dialogue from the film, with Dialogue Ezekiel 25:17. What a scene THAT was!
Soundtracks honestly don’t get much better than this. HOT DAMN.