5/29/12

Death Proof

I guess I haven't touched the topic of movie soundtracks in this blog before. The reason for that is that most movies have the typical, orchestral, boring as fuck soundtracks that don't stand out of the movie in any particular way. But, here's an example of an excellent soundtrack that contributes to the movie wonderfully. And the movie I'm talking about is Quentin Tarantino's marvelous Death Proof (2007), of the Grindhouse movie duo.


I appreciate if a soundtrack is compiled of songs that I would consider "real", i.e., ones that are not made simply for the purpose of the movie, or if they are, ones that can be enjoyed without an instant connotation to the movie. There's nothing wrong with composing an original soundtrack for a movie, but, you know, that shit is so typical. I don't have anything against the typical, often orchestral, soundtracks but I rarely (i.e., never) go out looking for the soundtrack after a movie like that.

Using existing songs, like is the case in Death Proof, is good - IF the songs are carefully picked. Just any old songs won't do. In Death Proof, the songs are clearly picked to fit the scene in question. At times this can even be heard in the lyrics, which is just superb. (Listen to April March's Chick Habit at the end of the movie and you'll see why...) Below is one of the movie's most memorable scenes. The song is Hold Tight! by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. Yeah girls, hold tight.. "We're gonna make the sky.."
(The video is age restricted due to blood and gore so you need to be signed into the Tubes to see it. If you're 18 of course.)




What's great about a soundtrack like this that it can introduce the uneducated, musically narrow-minded  viewer, such as myself, to some pretty good music. I would probably never gone and found a song like Down in Mexico by the Coasters without this movie. I'm so glad I did, though, because that song is seriously a masterpiece. Another thing I've learned that music does not have to be metal to be heavy (Hold Tight! IS heavy).

Here's what the official soundtrack includes, links provided for my faves:

1. Jack Nitzsche: The Last Race
2. Smith: Baby It's You
3. Ennio Morricone: Paranoia Prima
4. "Planning & Scheming" (dialogue from the movie)
5. T. Rex: Jeepster
6. "Stuntman Mike" (dialogue from the movie)
7. Pacific Gas & Electric: Staggolee
8. Joe Tex: The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)
9. Eddie Floyd: Good Love, Bad Love
10. The Coasters: Down in Mexico
11. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Hold Tight!
12. Pino Donaggio: Sally and Jack
13. Willy DeVille: It's So Easy
14. "Whatever-However" (dialogue from the movie)
15. Eddie Beram: Riot in Thunder Alley
16. April March: Chick Habit

Yes, Quentin Tarantino's got a great taste in music - his other movies are proof of this as well.
Also, the awesomeness of Death Proof as a movie is an absolute fact that is not discussed in this blog post. It is assumed. It has some of the greatest female characters in movies I've ever seen. Here's the trailer:



Go watch it. And listen to it.

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