Various Artists - Pulp Fiction - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Vinyl)

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Music from the Motion Picture Pulp Fiction is the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction. No traditional film score was commissioned for Pulp Fiction. The film contains a mix of American rock and roll, surf music, pop and soul. The soundtrack is equally untraditional, consisting of nine songs from the movie, four tracks of dialogue snippets followed by a song, and three tracks of dialogue alone. Seven songs featured in the movie were not included in the original 41-minute soundtrack.

Tarantino used an eclectic assortment of songs by various artists. Notable songs include Dick Dale's now-iconic rendition of "Misirlou", which is played during the opening credits. Tarantino chose surf music for the basic score of the film because, "it just seems like rock 'n' roll Ennio Morricone music, rock 'n' roll spaghetti Western music."

Many of the songs on the soundtrack were suggested to Tarantino by musician Boyd Rice through their mutual friend Allison Anders, including Dick Dale's "Misirlou". Other songs were suggested to Tarantino by his friends Chuck Kelley and Laura Lovelace, who were credited as music consultants. Lovelace also appeared in the film as Laura the waitress.

In addition to the surf-rock rendition of "Misirlou", other notable songs include "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang, Dusty Springfield's version of "Son of a Preacher Man", "Flowers on the Wall" by the Statler Brothers and "Bustin' Surfboards" by The Tornadoes, from 1962, which had been one of the first instrumental surf songs to hit the United States music charts after notables such as "Walk--Don't Run" by the Ventures.

Excerpts of dialogue include Jules' "Ezekiel 25:17" speech and the "Royale with Cheese" exchange between Jules and Vincent.

A two-disc collector's edition of the album was issued in 2002 — the first disc contained the songs, including four additional tracks; and the second disc was a spoken-word interview with Tarantino.

Woody Thorne's 1961 song "Teenagers in Love" and Link Wray's 1965 single "Rumble" are two of the three songs missing from the collector's edition soundtrack. The last song is unique to the movie: it is Ricky Nelson's "Waitin' In School" as performed by the actor Gary Shorelle, which plays as Vincent and Mia enter Jackrabbit Slim's.



While I take exception to the argument I occasionally see that the soundtrack is better than the film (usually from the "derrrrr Tarantino isn't realistic enough derrrrr I expect gritty realism and seriousness from a guy who called a movie 'Kill Bill'" crowd), this succeeds for similar reasons as the movie does - it's a kickin' compendium of yesterday's kitsch allowed to function both as kitsch and evidence of how much ass Tarantino kicks. From proto-disco to surf rock, from early rock to Tin Pan Alley, it's a fun, eclectic ride that becomes amazing if you imagine the scenes from the movie playing as the songs go - the Twist sequence backed by "You Never Can Tell,' the radio-flipping "Miserlou"/"Jungle Boogie" scene, the arrival of Uma Thurman predicted by "Son of a Preacher Man," the freshly strung out Vincent driving around like he owns the place while "Bullwinkle Part II" plays, and of course the Gimp sequence that "Comanche" calls to mind... you don't need the provided dialog snippets to feel the film here, but it sure helps. Within this context, it really doesn't matter that aside from the first three songs, "Comanche," "Bullwinkle pt. II," and maybe "Son of a Preacher Man" if I'm in the mood for that sort of song, none of these are particularly great - the fact that I now associate each and every song on this album with the corresponding moments from the film even when I hear these songs outside of the "Pulp Fiction soundtrack" context is basically all I need to know. The moral? Tarantino's a brilliant filmmaker, and nobody is going to convince me otherwise.

By: Finerlanu

No Artist Pumpkin And Honey Bunny 0:11
–Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Misirlou 2:16
–No Artist Royale With Cheese 1:42
–Kool & The Gang Jungle Boogie 3:05
–Al Green Let's Stay Together 3:15
–The Tornadoes Bustin' Surfboards 2:26
–Ricky Nelson (2) Lonesome Town 2:13
–Dusty Springfield Son Of A Preacher Man 2:25
–No Artist Zed's Dead, Baby 0:12
–The Centurians* Bullwinkle Part II 2:27
–No Artist Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest 0:32
–Chuck Berry You Never Can Tell 2:40
–Urge Overkill Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon 3:09
–Maria McKee If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags) 4:55
–No Artist Bring Out The Gimp 0:08
–The Revels Comanche 2:02
–The Statler Brothers Flowers On The Wall 2:23
–No Artist Personality Goes A Long Way 1:00
–The Lively Ones Surf Rider 3:18
–No Artist Ezekiel 25:17 0:51

The tracks without artists are excerpts of dialogue from the movie.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Printed): 0 08811 110314
Label Code: LC01506

Vinyl: Black, 180G.