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Episode #6: Tarantino’s Top Ten

Tarantino has melded his name to that of Chuck Berry, Dusty Springfield, & Al Green.

Tarantino Tracks. Starting with Reservoir Dogs, Mr. Brown established a knack for fuzing dug-up, classic tracks to his high-noon pictures. Now, impossible to divorce one from the other, Tarantino has melded his name to that of greats like Chuck Berry, Dusty Springfield, and Al Green. And as I found in putting together this best of, the quality of the soundtrack is usually directly related to that of the movie.


  1. Bang Bang. Nancy Sinatra. – A wonderful, lilting song that introduced audiences to the Kill Bill story. Her voice is flawless and her execution chilling on this track of impassioned, sexy, disappointment in her loved one.
  2. Little Green Bag. George Baker. – When Tarantino burst on the scene with Reservoir Dogs, this was song acted as a calling card for what would end of being an impressive soundtrack and an even more impressive directorial debut. George Baker appears on other QT soundtracks but not as funkily as he does on this one.
  3. Stuck In The Middle. Stealers Wheel. – In the most finely filmed torture scene ever (sorry Saw fans), Tarantino heightens the tension and sickness by using this happy-go-lucky Classic Rock track as the background that both the victim and the perpetrator listen to as the deed is done. Unfortunately, only one of them is enjoying it.
  4. You Never Can Tell. Chuck Berry. – So many songs punctuated the cultural phenomenon that was Pulp Fiction. This one though, got both John and Uma up and moving after a deep and delicious chocolate malt. And many years later, it’s still a favorite of mine if I’m feeling twisty.
  5. Son of a Preacher Man. Dusty Springfield. – Also on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, this is as sexy as Tarantino gets. If I’m working a wedding, I love to drop this toward the end of dinner to get the ladies moving toward the floor.
  6. Who Is He. Bill Withers. – Proving the aforementioned correlative quality theory, this is the only representative from Jackie Brown, Tarantino’s least engaging film and soundtrack. However, there was enough funk on this Wither’s classic to last until QT’s next movie, several years later.
  7. Run Fay Run. Isaac Hayes. – From the opening shaker to the closing horns, this instrumental jam has drums for days and funk for forever. Using it in the first Kill Bill film, Tarantino set the stage for the adrenaline rush that was the second.
  8. Hold Tight. Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Titch. – Much was made of this track in QTs Death Proof, but unlike other tracks that were given time in the script, this one was almost completely unknown. And it rocks.
  9. Chick Habit. April March. – Great production on this chick-rock monster makes it sound like it was recorded in the 50s. Found in the closing credits of Death Proof, it had every one in the theater jamming and running home to download. Ladies love the track and so do I.
  10. Coconut. Harry Nilsson. – Also used in the much less cool Practical Magic film, this groovy genre-less jam has 5 stars in my itunes and puts Reservoir Dogs on top with 3 songs representing it. Which also tells you my favorite QT flick.


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