From Johnny Cash to the White Stripes: Quentin Tarantino named the favourite songs used in his films
With live music venues and cinemas still forced to remain closed amid strict social distancing measures, we’re dipping back into the Far Out archive to keep us entertained. Last year, to coincide with the release of his latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino created a mammoth playlist combining the favourite songs used throughout his films from across his long and distinguished career.
Tarantino, who has long been celebrated for his use of music in his projects, has repeated his combination of tracks taken from the 1960s and 1970s to dominate soundtracks on most of his cinematic efforts. “One of the things I do when I am starting a movie, when I’m writing a movie or when I have an idea for a film is, I go through my record collection and just start playing songs, trying to find the personality of the movie, find the spirit of the movie. Then, ‘boom,’ eventually I’ll hit one, two or three songs, or one song in particular, ‘Oh, this will be a great opening credit song’,” Tarantino once explained.
He added: “To me the opening credits are very important because that’s the only mood time that most movies give themselves. A cool credit sequence and the music that plays in front of it, or note played, or any music ‘whatever you decide to do’ that sets the tone for the movie that’s important for you. So I’m always trying to find what the right opening or closing credit should be early on when I’m just even thinking about the story. Once I find it that really kind of triggers me in to what the personality of the piece should be what the rhythm of this piece should be.”
Such is the vital role of music in his films, Tarantino’s new playlist—which spans nearly four hours and combines around 70 songs—features favourites such as Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Bang Bang’ which famously appeared on Kill Bill:Volume 1, The White Stripes hit ‘Apple Blossom’ which he used on The Hateful Eight and, of course, the undeniable triumph of Chuck Berry song ‘You Never Can Tell’ from Pulp Fiction.
While introducing his playlist as part of the Spotify series ‘Film and TV Favourites’, Tarantino said: “We’ll play for you some of my favourite songs off of my soundtrack collection, so sit back, relax, and move into the soundscape of a Quentin Tarantino movie. You may never want to leave.”