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Even if you are not a fan of Quentin Tarantino's work you really can't say anything negative about his taste in music. He has an uncanny ability to choose exactly the right song for the right scene and it seems to work best of all in this - The Resevoir Dogs sountrack. You could market this album without even mentioning the film because the music in it is just so damned good. Maybe I am over romanticising things here but I can't think of a single bad track. From "Little Green Bag" right through to "Stuck in the Middle With You" and on to Harry Nillson's "Coconut" there have been some classics brought to light that I don't think much of my generation would ever have heard were it not for this soundtrack. Can you imagine a world where you were out for a night out and you didn't hear "Stuck in the middle with you?" You may groan because you've heard it so many times now... but just imagine if you never had...
The film when released in 1992 caused controversy with its extreme violence and in some cases, copycat killings. The soundtrack on the other hand doesn't seem to reflect any of that. The cover does have a bunch of cool looking men with blood splashed in the background, yet the CD consists mainly of uplifting 70's songs. Some of them now famous and well known because of the success of the film. The soundtrack is presented as a radio station playing K-BILLY's Super Sounds Of The Seventies (something the characters in the film refer to) hence the 70's tracks. The unusually monotone DJ giving off the dialogue excerpts between each of the tracks gives this odd feeling that you're listening to some kind of abandoned radio station. I have listed each of the tracks and my opinion on them. 1. "and now little green bag" - A dialogue excerpt. 2. "The George Baker Selection - Little Green Bag" - The now famous song which will always be associated with Reservoir Dogs. Begins with a guitar and the shaking of a tambourine in the back, and then just starts as soon as you hear that whisper of "yeah"! A brilliant song and one that'll probably force you to walk around in slow motion in your living room with a black suit, tie and sunglasses! A real standout track and one of my favourites. 3. "rock flock of five" - A dialogue excerpt. 4. "Blue Swede - Hooked On A Feeling" - The kind of song the guys can expect to play to their loved ones! If they're not doing that then they're singing along shouting "Ooka chakka ooka, ooka, Ooka chakka ooka, ooka." Very unusual to find on this soundtrack but nonetheless a good song! The song is also associated with the dancing baby from Ally McBeal! 5. "bohemiath" - A dialogue excerpt. 6. "Joe Tex - I Gotcha" - Builds up with just the vocals making any ef
fect on the listener and then progresses into a just above average jazz effort. The singer is definitely enjoying himself (probably a little too much) as he joyously fights about having "Gotcha". Good and funny lyrics, but slightly over the top for me. 7. "Bedlam - Magic Carpet Ride" - Another of my favourites giving of this weird, dreamy fairy tale feel, borrowing heavy inspiration from Aladdin. Its a while till this song really explodes (it isn't till a minute and a half that any lyrics are spoken) and until then it's the mellow sounds of a guitar. 8. "madonna speech" - A very funny dialogue excerpt from the film with Quentin Tarantino explaining what Madonna's Like A Virgin song is all about! Not the kind of thing you should play in front of your well-respected elders, but do it anyway! 9. "Sandy Rogers - Fool For Love" - One of the tracks I usually skip. A country song which is telling an okay-ish story but to me it's just quite out of place. Not the kind of thing I listen to. 10. "super sounds" - A dialogue excerpt. 11. Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You" - As with Little Green Bag this song has become well known because of the movie but also because the song accompanies a rather violent scene in the movie! A really good feel good song that's usually bound to get your head moving along with the beat! 12. "Bedlam - Harvest Moon" - A fairly average slow moving song with pretty mediocre lyrics also. This meaning that this is one of the songs I usually skip. 13. "lets get a taco" - A dialogue excerpt between Tim Roth's character Mr Orange and Harvey Keitel's Mr White explaining what one should do if a customer, employee or manager doesn't give you the diamonds during the robbery that they're about to attempt. Keital talking as if a complete expert on the subject (and maybe he is)!
14. "keep on truckin'" - A dialogue excerpt. 15. "Harry Nilsson - Coconut" - I'd usually switch the TV/VCR off as the end credits of a film roll up, but this song started playing and it was so absurd and crazy that I just had to listen to the rest of it! It starts of plain, slow and simple and slowly goes mental towards the end. The words "put the lime in the coconut" will probably be locked in your memory after hearing this! 16. "home of rock" - A dialogue excerpt. If you look around hard enough you might find this selling for about £6 - 8 now and at that price it's definitely worth buying! Not only are some of the tracks great songs; the film has made them a part of cinema history.
I picked this album up about a year after seeing the film, as it was cheap, and my sister spotted it. I took it to her flat and put it on for a short while, then drove home. Depending on your mood, you will either love or loathe this compilation. It is the perfect remedy to a hard days work or study, as it really has songs with energy, which are timeless. Songs such as 'stuck in the middle with you@ and 'little green bag'are synnonomous with the film, and rightly so, as it is these songs that turned a good film into a great one. The sound bites from the film are amusing and well chosen, while you almost feel like shooting the seventies DJ to end his misery! All in all, a great soundtrack compilation, with some energetic tunes and also some really trippy ones (listen to coconut after a hard nights drinking!)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 And Now Little Green Bag... - Steven Wright
2 Little Green Bag - George Baker Selection
3 Rock Flock Of Five - Steven Wright
4 Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede
5 Bohemiath - Steven Wright
6 I Gotcha - Joe Tex
7 Magic Carpet Ride - Bedlam
8 Madonna Speech - Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Eddie Bunker
9 Fool For Love - Sandy Rogers
10 Super Sounds - Steven Wright
11 Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel
12 Harvest Moon - Bedlam
13 Let's Get A Taco - Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth
14 Keep On Truckin' - Steven Wright
15 Coconut - Harry Nilsson
16 Home Of Rock - Steven Wright