"Pulp Fiction" by Quentin Tarantino - a selection of the best soundtracks
Pulp Fiction is a legendary film by Quentin Tarantino starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and, in fact, the director himself. Several stories unfold before the viewer at once: a robbery of a cafe, philosophical discussions of two gangsters, saving a girl and a boxer who was hurt to the quick ... The title refers to American magazines popular in the middle of the last century: the movie posters were also decorated in their style. Today, Pulp Fiction is the winner of over forty cinematic awards, including the Palme d'Or! No wonder this tape is considered one of the greatest achievements in the career of an American film director ... However, today we will not talk about the film itself, but about its musical accompaniment! Yes, yes, today we will remember the soundtracks from Pulp Fiction.
The soundtrack was released in September 1994. Most of the album is occupied by tracks in the surf rock genre: there are some old but still hot songs, and dialogues from the tape, and, of course, a great cover of "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon". In a word, the soundtrack flawlessly recreates the atmosphere of the film! No wonder Rolling Stone put the album on their list of the greatest soundtracks of all time ... As of May 2014, about 4 million copies of the disc have been sold ...
Dick Dale's fiery, quivering guitar playing literally sets Pulp Fiction on fire almost as excitedly as Amanda Plummer threatening to "execute every last one" in the opening scene... It's safe to say that that watery guitar sound also defined this amazing movie... The Boston surf guitarist released this track in 1962: according to Dick Dale himself, he recorded it 95 times!
"It's a very strong trump card to have "Misirlou" at the very beginning of the film!" Tarantino said in 1994. "It just says you're watching an epic, you're watching a big cool movie... It's just challenging!"
Tarantino said he chose the track because it was "intense" and had a "seventies feel..."
"Let's Stay Together"
In Pulp Fiction, "Let's Stay Together" plays when Marcellus Wallace asks Butch Coolidge to fall in a boxing match. Tarantino said he used the track in this scene as a "hypnotic score"...
“I really want the songs that I use in the film to work at the very core of the scene…”
Everything about this track is great: woozy bar dives, calm drumbeats and ocean sound effects…
Songwriter Baker Knight, who would later be diagnosed with agoraphobia, said that the song was personal to him and that the "Lonely City" in question was the city he lived in:
“It was Hollywood,” he said. “I was sitting in the middle of it all. I was broke, didn't know what I was going to do. My manager gave me a few dollars supporting me by paying the rent…”
"Son of a Preacher Man"
The song is played when John Travolta's character Vincent Vega is talking to a besotted Wallace on the intercom, trying to imagine what she looks like.
“That scene has been in my head for six or seven years,” Tarantino said in 1994, “and it always made me imagine the son of a preacher…”
"Zed's Dead, Baby/Bullwinkle Part II"
"You'll Never Tell"
Chuck Berry wrote this song while serving his sentence in Springfield, Missouri Federal Medical Center prison. But perhaps more interesting is the fact that the great guitar hero of rock plays almost no guitar on his 1964 single, which combines a huge amount of boogie-woogie piano and saxophone solos!
"Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"
"If Love Is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags)"
The only original song on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack is easy to miss when viewing the tape itself, but definitely impossible to forget. And remembering this song, you will certainly remember the scene from the movie ...
“You really do what movies do better than any other art form… And if you do it right, you can never hear this song again without thinking about this image from the movie…” Tarantino said.
The track "Comanche" was not Quentin Tarantino's first choice for the scene in which Marcellus Wallace is abused by the pawnshop owner and security guard... No, his first choice was "My Sharona" by The Knack.
“My Sharona has a really good sodomy element, if you think about it,” he said in 1994. I thought it was so funny... The director approached the band, but one of The Knack members turned out to be a born-again Christian or something. Of course he refused...
In retrospect, Tarantino said he was glad it turned out the way it did, because "My Sharona" would have been "too sweetly comical," he said.