Quentin Tarantino on Five Key Soundtrack Picks, From “Reservoir Dogs” to “Inglourious Basterds”

August 21st, 2009 by Shirley Halperin Leave a reply »

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From Pulp Fiction to Kill Bill to his latest, Inglourious Basterds (opening this weekend), Quentin Tarantino matches scene with song like a sommelier pairs just the right bottle of wine with a nice steak: perfectly. And it’s no wonder — the filmmaker houses a virtual record store just outside his bedroom (vinyl only), which he presides over with High Fidelity-like attention to detail. “Everything is in bins and sorted by categories,” Tarantino explained just before a signing held, appropriately enough, at Hollywood’s renowned Amoeba Records. “For instance, in the ’60s section, it would be alphabetical, then broken down into psychedelic, surf music, then British invasion… I have a few artists off to themselves, but hands down the biggest section is soundtracks because I’ve been collecting soundtracks since I was a little boy.”

Tarantino insists he doesn’t know the exact number of albums that make up his collection, though we’re not sure we believe him. “I don’t highlight my obsessions to that degree,” he says, “but it’s pretty big.” So how does a cut make it from his turntable to the big screen? The revered director filled us in on his method through five key movie music cues.

“Stuck In The Middle With You” by Stealers Wheel
Reservoir Dogs
“That was one of those things where I thought [the song] would work really well, and [during] auditions, I told the actors that I wanted them to do the torture scene, and I’m gonna use ‘Stuck in the Middle With You,’ but they could pick anything they wanted, they didn’t have to use that song. And a couple people picked another one, but almost everyone came in with ‘Stuck in the Middle With You,’ and they were saying that they trie...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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