Various Artists - Quentin Tarrantino's "Death Proof" OST (Vinyl)

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Death Proof is a 2007 American slasher film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Kurt Russell as a stuntman who murders young women with modified cars that he purports to be "death-proof". Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Zoë Bell co-star as the women he targets. The film was originally released theatrically as part of Grindhouse, a double feature that combined Death Proof with Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror, from which Michael Parks and Marley Shelton reprise their roles. After Grindhouse underperformed at the domestic box office, Death Proof was released as a standalone feature in other countries and on home media. It received mostly positive reviews for its stunt sequences and tribute to exploitation cinema, although its pacing was criticized. The soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's 2007 movie 'Death Proof' features rare music from the 1960s and 1970s including: Smith's 'Baby It's You', Willy DeVille's 'It's So Easy', The Coasters' 'Down In Mexico' and April March's 'Chick Habit'. Interspersed with clips of dialogue from various scenes in the film.


Tarantino's worst movie (according to people who are not me) has his best soundtrack. Not just in the individual track selections — featuring a superlative assortment of rock and roll, blues, glam rock, instrumental pieces and even some modern ye-ye pop for good measure — but in capturing Tarantino's Tarantinuity. It's all here, the lip-smacking Beatnik energy, the wanton quirkiness, the perpetual throwback to several bygone cinematic eras, the hip-swelling sexiness, hell, even the scarce dialogue pieces boil down the essence of the Tarantino pinball dialogue that culture nerds everywhere now try to emulate in their screenplays and tweets. If you gave this to me as a playlist with no context, I'd still think this was the soundtrack to a Tarantino film. And while the collection of songs doesn't capture the terror of a slasher flick, it certainly captures the fun of watching one.

It's also a great bar soundtrack; 75% of these songs take place before the movie's second act at Guero's, home of the famous nachos. Vanessa Ferlito's lap dance? She's at once earnest, desperate, confident and even sorta confused as to why she's doing it. But what nails that scene for me is that all these emotions are scored to The Coasters' "Down in Mexico," emphasizing the last-call lust while foreshadowing that, yes, some bad shit is gonna happen after this. Willy DeVille's manic motorbilly "It's So Easy" guides us through film's sudden transition to its lengthy, less-musical second act, the song title a reference to Stuntman Mike's nefarious schemes. But even when the girls turn the tables on Mike, pursing him as Eddie Beram's apocalyptic "Riot in Thunder Alley" thunders in the background, you secretly never want them to catch him, just to see what other gems pop up on AM Quentin.

By: VelveetaUnderground

A1 Jack Nitzsche– The Last Race
A2 Smith – Baby It's You
A3 Ennio Morricone– Paranoia Prima
A4 Eli Roth & Michael Bacall– Planning & Scheming
A5 T Rex*– Jeepster
A6 Rose McGowan & Kurt Russell– Stuntman Mike
A7 Pacific Gas & Electric– Staggolee
A8 Joe Tex– The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)
B1 Eddie Floyd– Good Love, Bad Love
B2 The Coasters– Down In Mexico
B3 Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich– Hold Tight
B4 Pino Donaggio– Sally And Jack
B5 Willy DeVille– It's So Easy
B6 Tracie Thoms & Zoë Bell– Whatever - However
B7 Eddie Beram– Riot In Thunder Alley
B8 April March– Chick Habit


Tracks are listed as 1-16 on the rear of the cover.

Warner – RCV1 106172