As any movie fan knows, music plays just as much a part of Quentin Tarantino’s films as the script and characters. Over the years and nine films and counting, Tarantino has proven to be a master at using music to set a mood, often through reviving long-forgotten songs from history.
To coincide with the release of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, the director has taken over Spotify’s Film & TV Favourites list with his pick of the songs featured in his soundtracks.
The specially curated four-hour, 70-track playlist begins with Tarantino saying: “Sit back, relax and move into the soundscape of a Quentin Tarantino movie. You may never wanna leave.”
Among the favourites in his list are obvious choices like Nancy Sinatra’s Bang Bang from the opening scene of Kill Bill: Vol. 1, and Jungle Boogie by Kool & The Gang and Chuck Berry’s You Never Can Tell from Pulp Fiction. Also, no surprise to see George Baker Selection’s Little Green Bag and Stealers Wheel’s Stuck in the Middle With You from Reservoir Dogs there.
But other songs making the list include The White Stripes’ Apple Blossom from The Hateful Eight and David Bowie’s Cat People (Putting Out the Fire) from Inglourious Basterds.
As for Tarantino’s latest film, here’s what BBC Culture had to say: “Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood is a film that puts a smile on your face without ever upsetting you or challenging you. As it is inspired by a real-life murder spree, I’m not sure how appropriate that is.”
You can listen to the Quentin Tarantino Takeover playlist here
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