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Great Movie Soundtracks: Pulp Fiction

Great Movie Soundtracks - Pulp Fiction

Hey world! I guess the spring is coming and all the bugs and insects with it. I will get to soundtracks, just bear with me. Although, we somehow try to coexist they aren’t really fond of me, because I’m stealing the honey from the bees and they kind of stick together. Furthermore, bees are such gossipers, almost everybody knows about it! But I just can’t help myself, I love honey, do I really have to explain myself I’m a freaking bear! It’s a bare necessity!

Anyways, those suckers shat all over my place again! So, I decided it was time for some spring cleaning anyway. I’m not a fan of cleaning, but what can a bear do. It’s much better when the music is playing, I had to turn the speakers  and the Surf Rider was what my iPod suggested. Oh, what a perfect tune for such a beachy day. That got me thinking of all the great soundtracks I’ve heard so far and how many superior songs I got introduced to.

Pulp Fiction is one of my favourite movies and the soundtrack kicks ass as well! You can just put it on and enjoy the whole thing, not having to skip a single song. I’m aware that’s a well-known soundtrack, but I just couldn’t skip it (I’m smarter than the average bear, I know). If you haven’t heard it yet, now it’s the perfect time to catch up! It was listed one of the 25 greatest soundtracks of all time by the Rolling Stone magazine and made it to number 21 on the Billboard 200.

I’m a beary huge music lover, but I’m a movie buff as well. If you think of it, they actually go hand in hand. A great soundtrack is an important part of every movie, because it helps to establish a certain atmosphere. Music enhances our feelings (bears have feelings too) by making scary scarier and sad even sadder. Moreover, even after some time you are still able to relive the feelings about a certain movie. Basic score of the film is surf music so sit back, relax and smell the waves! If you saw the movie (of course you did), you know that (let me quote the Rolling Stone magazine) “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon” will never again be heard without an image of Uma Thurman singing along, snorting heroin and dropping dead.

 

1. Misirlou by Dick Dale and His Del-Tones
“Misirlou” is originally a traditional song from the Eastern Mediterranean region. Dick Dale’s American surf rock version, originally titled “Miserlou” and released in 1962 is played during the opening credits. This is THE Pulp Fiction song. When I hear this, the movie starts playing in my head. Everybody be cool, this is a robbery! I can’t be cool if you are robbing me, or is that just me?

 

2. Jungle Boogie by Kool & the Gang
“Jungle Boogie” is a funk song recorded by Kool & the Gang for their album Wild and Peaceful in 1973. Tarantino picked up the track, because it had seventies feel to it. Get down, get down! This one really brings out my sexy bear moves!

 

3. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
“Let’s Stay Together” is a song by Al Green released in 1972. Samuel L. Jackson actually performed a part of it in a 2017 TV Commercial for Capital One (click here to see the video). The tune plays as Marsellus Wallace asks Butch Coolidge, to take a fall in a boxing match. For me this is a perfect song for some bear cuddles. I’mmmm so in love with youuu!

 

4. Bustin’ Surfboards by The Tornadoes
“Bustin’ Surfboards” is a song by The Tornadoes released in 1962. They were the second band to receive national airplay with surf instrumental song, which has since become a classic of the surf genre. It opens with the sound of an ocean swell, which continues throughout the song, therefor creating a magnificent beach feeling. I love this; I must be a beach bear. The song is played over when Mia and Vincent begin their conversation in the restaurant.

 

5. Lonesome Town by Ricky Nelson
“Lonesome Town” is a song written by Baker Knight and performed by Ricky Nelson. It was released in 1958. It plays when Mia Wallace offers a five-dollar shake and expects Vincent Vega to pay the price. Don’t listen to this if you are recently single. I warned you.

 

6. Son of a Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield
“Son of a Preacher Man” is a song written and composed by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins and recorded by British singer Dusty Springfield in September 1968. In 2004, the song made the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The track plays as Vincent Vega speaks to the coke-snorting Mia Wallace over an intercom, trying to picture how she looks.

 

7. Bullwinkle Part II by The Centurians
“Bullwinkle Part II” is a dark surf tune by The Centurians released in 1962. The track is included in a scene when Vincent Vega shoots up. It explains why he shot Marvin in the face, don’t you think so?

 

8. You Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry
“You Never Can Tell”, which is also known as “C’est La Vie” or “Teenage Wedding”, was written and performed by Chuck Berry. It was composed in the early 1960s while Berry was in federal prison for violating the Mann Act. It is a perfect tune for dancing at Jack Rabbit Slim’s Twist Contest. This sure keeps my tail wiggling! C’est La Vie!

 

9. Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon by Urge Overkill
“Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” is a song written by Neil Diamond released in 1967. In 1992, the alternative rock band Urge Overkill recorded their cover of the song. Tarantino once stated that he prefers this version to the one of Diamond’s. Let’s admit it; Mia Wallace’s dancing would not be the same without it.

 

10. “If Love Is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags)” by Maria McKee
“If Love Is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags)” is a song performed by Maria McKee and it was personally selected by Quentin Tarantino for the soundtrack. It is the only original song included and is easy to miss in the movie, because it plays in the background of Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames’ pawnshop tussle.

 

11. Comanche by The Revels
“Comanche” is a song by The Revels, released in 1961. It was not Tarantino’s first choice for the scene in which Marsellus Wallace is sexually assaulted by a pawn-shop owner and a security guard. His first choice was the Knack’s “My Sharona.” “My Sharona has a really good sodomy beat to it, if you think about it,” he said in 1994. “I could set the time by that. . . And it just seemed so funny to me.” The director approached the group, but “one of the band members had become a born-again Christian or something” and turned it down.

 

12. Flowers On The Wall by The Statler Brothers
“Flowers on the Wall” is a song by the country music group The Statler Brothers. It was released in 1965. The song won the 1966 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary (R&R) Performance. Bruce Willis sings along to it after killing John Travolta’s character.

 

13. Surf Rider by The Lively Ones
“Surf Rider” is a song written by Nokie Edwards and performed under the name “Spudnik” by The Ventures. The Lively Ones recorded their version in 1963 and renamed it “Surf Rider”. It is featured in the final sequence as well as the end credits of the film. They saved the best for last. This one is my favourite!

 

“When you hit it right, the effect is you can never really hear that song again
without thinking about that image from the movie.”

Quentin Tarantino

 

 

References:
Surf Music and Seventies Soul: The Songs of Pulp Fiction by Rolling Stone

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