Tarantino's Death Proof Soundtrack from Grindhouse
by Alex Billington
February 27, 2007
In my own opinion, the Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 soundtracks are some of the greatest ever. I know this debate could go on forever about which soundtrack is the best (not counting scores), but the Kill Bill soundtracks have a permanent place on my playlists. As a matter of fact, I'm listening to them right now as I'm writing this.
And sure it's almost pointless to be writing news about soundtracks for every movie, but I had to make an effort to write about the soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino's half of Grindhouse called Death Proof. With the Kill Bill's, it's obvious Tarantino has an ear for damn good music, and I expect the same here. As you hopefully know by now, the movie is about a stuntman named Stuntman Mike who kills girls in his car because he's the only one who doesn't die in the driver seat when he pulls crazy stunts. Now just imagine how many badass songs you could fit to that kind of action…
Maverick Records will be releasing it on April 3rd, just a few days before Grindhouse's April 6th worldwide debut.
The music perfectly captures the feel of the exploitation films that became popular in American cinema in the late '60s and '70s. The soundtrack includes classic songs from the '60s and '70s, such as "Jeepster" from British glam rock band T Rex, "Staggolee" from San Francisco blues band Pacific Gas & Electric, "Down In Mexico" from doo-wop legends The Coasters, and "Good Love, Bad Love" by Stax R&B legend Eddie Floyd. It also features a haunting composition, entitled "Paranoia Prima," from legendary Italian film score composer Ennio Morricone - who just won the Honorary Oscar last weekend for his hundreds of fantastic scores (including some tracks in Kill Bill). The songs are interspersed with dialogue voiced by the actors including Russell, Rose McGowan, Eli Roth, and Michael Bacall.
The complete tracklist is as follows:
Jack Nitzsche - "The Last Race"
Smith - "Baby, It's You"
Ennio Morricone - "Paranoia Prima"
Eli Roth & Michael Bacall - "Planning & Scheming"
T Rex - "Jeepster"
Rose McGowan & Kurt Russell - "Stuntman Mike"
Pacific Gas & Electric - "Staggolee"
Joe Tex - "The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)"
Eddie Floyd - "Good Love, Bad Love"
The Coasters - "Down In Mexico"
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich - "Hold Tight"
Pino Donaggio - "Sally and Jack (From the Motion Picture Blow Out)"
Willy DeVille - "It's So Easy"
Tracie Thoms & Zoe Bell - "Whatever-However"
Eddie Beram - "Riot In Thunder Alley"
April March - "Chick Habit"
I don't even know half of these… but I know it's going to be damn good!