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Honey Bunny: I love you, Pumpkin.
Pumpkin: I love you, Honey Bunny.
Pumpkin: [Standing up with a gun] All right, everybody be cool, this is a robbery!
Honey Bunny: Any of you fucking pricks move, and I’ll execute every motherfucking last one of ya!

For as iconic as that movie has become, the soundtrack to Pulp Fiction is remembered just as fondly as an uncredited character.

… and with that ZANG! The quick guitar stutter that is Dick Dale & His Deltones cover of “Miserlou” kicks off the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino‘s masterpiece, Pulp Fiction. The movie was released October 14th, 1994, but before the film was released anywhere, the soundtrack had already started creating a buzz for what was to come when it made it debut on September 27, 1994. For as iconic as that movie has become, the soundtrack to Pulp Fiction is remembered just as fondly as an uncredited character.

Pulp Fiction is filled out beautifully by a smorgasbord of genre mixing. Rock, country, soul. Pulp Fiction has it all.

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Music supervisor for Pulp Fiction, Karyn Rachtman did an incredible job compiling the songs for Pulp Fiction. There was a clear theme to the soundtrack, but the theme itself never represented the film itself. The theme I speak of is 60’s surf. Why 60’s surf music? Who the fuck knows, but it worked nonetheless. Pulp Fiction didn’t have a definitive score to speak of. It’s not like Quentin hired John Williams and said, “do something to fill in the musical mood for my masterpiece.” No. The surf music IS the score. Brilliant. Pulp Fiction is filled out beautifully by a smorgasbord of genre mixing. Rock, country, soul. Pulp Fiction has it all. Something else that made this soundtrack so special is that in between the songs themselves, the soundtrack gets filled out with dialogue interludes from the film itself, that way you can relive whatever scene the dialogue is taken from. Aside from the justified artistic violence that Quentin Tarantino has become synonymous for in his films, the other reason why Tarantino fans are Tarantino fans is because of the dialogue. Anyway you want to look at it, this soundtrack is a win-win-win.
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It would’ve been too comical a rape scene had Dougie boy said yes…

For those that have seen the film and have heard the music, it’s difficult not to hear a song on the soundtrack without connecting it to the scene that it was featured; for example, when Uma Thurman‘s character, Mia, comes back from her date at Jack Rabbit Slim’s with Vincent Vega (John Travolta), well, that’s the scene where she plays Urge Overkill‘s version of “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon“. Who could forget The Revels song Comanche, which as you might well remember was used during the scene in the movie where Ving Rhames‘ character, Marcellus Wallace is raped by Zed; (little known fun fact: Comanche was not the original choice to accompany that scene in the movie. Originally, Quentin Tarantino wanted to use “My Sharona” by The Knack but was turned down by lead singer and co-writer, Doug Fieger, who thought letting Quentin Tarantino use the song would be in poor taste. Guess he wasn’t a Reservoir Dogs fan. Oh well, “Comanche” works best for the scene. It would’ve been too comical a rape scene had Dougie boy said yes.)

the Pulp Fiction soundtrack would be/should be a welcome addition to any serious audiophile’s collection.

What makes Pulp Fiction the perfect soundtrack is that, sans the film, the soundtrack could stand alone as a great compilation album, and I don’t know if Quentin and Karyn planned it that way, but that’s the way it worked out and almost 20 years later, whether you’re still buying CD’s or have joined the iTunes revolution, the Pulp Fiction soundtrack would be/should be a welcome addition to any serious audiophile’s collection. Relive and rediscover the memories of Quentin Tarantino’s film gem by purchasing yourselves a copy of this every last bit of excellent soundtrack right here!

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