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The Coasters – Down In Mexico

14 Aug

Last week I watched the Quentin Tarantino movie Death Proof (2007) and was really amazed by the absurdity of it’s story, scenes and vibe. It seems like every Tarantino movie I watch, is breaking barriers nobody knew they existed. In this movie, about a stuntman called Mike who likes killing girls with his ‘death proof’ stunt car, everything seemed to fall into place. And so did the music. Tarantino is a master in creating this weird, but oh so cool scenes which feel like a movie within a movie. Maybe that is why I really like this song: after watching this scene, the song becomes a integral part of it. This song from 1956 by R&B group The Coasters was definitely made for this scene, in which stuntman Mike is getting the best lapdance ever. So to understand what I am saying, don’t listen to the song, watch the scene.

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Yann Tiersen – La Noyee

14 Mar

When I first watched the film Amélie I really disliked it. The main reason for this was the fact that it is a French film and I really sucked at speaking French. Not a great argument I know, but still it was that way. The thing that I didn’t disliked though was the music. The soundtrack of the film is just simply great. One of the very best film soundtracks that exist. The track La Noyee is performed with an accordion and the melody is absolutely stunning. The last thirty seconds are just amazing. Unfortunately it is a very short track and I really wished it to be longer.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Black Keith – Thirsty

13 Jan

One of the thing I love about this blog is that when I read a post from my fellow blogger, it can inspire me to write about another song. An example is the Wu Tang Clan post my fellow blogger posted yesterday. I must admit that I had never heard the album, but of course I did new the Wu Tang Clan. One of the members of the Wu Tang Clan, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, was one I new even a bit better because of the song Thirsty. It was a song that my brother introduced me to a few years ago. The song has a great, slow melody, even some violins in it, a guitar and some electronica. Then you have the combination of singing and rapping in the song which works great. The result is a really good laid back hip-hop track which fits perfectly for a vampire that is sneaking up on somebody. And I can tell you that the song is made for the movie Blade: Trinity which explains the title of the song since Blade is about vampires. So the track really does fit the theme of the movie which is of course the very goal of a movie soundtrack.
The track was finished in the same year that Ol’ Dirty Bastard died so unfortunately we won’t hear any new tracks like this from Ol’ Dirty Bastard. But as you could have read in the post from my fellow blogger, there are enough other tracks with or from Ol’ Dirty Bastard that you could enjoy.

Deadmau5 – Ghosts N Stuff (Nero Remix)

2 Jan

Last week I went on an amazing snowboarding trip to Porte Du Soleil, France with family and some friends. Every year I get really excited about this one week, so as some kind of pre-fun I watched some snowboard movies on youtube to get in the right mood. There I came across the trailer of a new snowboard movie, called The Art Of Flight (YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS, IT’S SO AWESOME!). I downloaded the movie to watch in France and what I saw was just one big snowrgasm (is that a word?). In the movie was one song that was perfect for that very moment, showing the invincibility of these guys conquering every mountain: Deadmau5 – Ghosts N Stuff (Nero Remix). It’s a good song, but you really should watch the movie to totally get it.

Stealers Wheel – Stuck In The Middle With You

24 Nov

Quentin Tarantino has a great music taste. Whichever of his movies you will watch, the soundtrack is always great. From the movie Reservoir Dogs, this song was one of the two that stood out. The other one was Little Green Bag by the George Baker Selection (it will probably get its own post in the near future). One of the reasons why Stuck In The Middle With You stood out, was definitely the scene in which it was played. If you have never seen Reservoir Dogs (you definitely should), let me tell you this (sort of spoiler alert!): Stealers Wheel, Michael Madsen, cop, razor, ear – Recipe for a lasting scene.

But the song is also great itself. Within twenty seconds the song is already at full groove mode. It starts with a guitar. Next, the bassline comes in. Clapping starts. Vocals. Yes sir. Nice vocals. Vocals that stay in your head. The result is a nice groovy song. For me personally, the guitar and the bass make this song so great. But listen for yourself.

Clint Mansell – Dead Reckoning

24 Nov

Clint Mansell is a multi-talented musician. Besides being a vocalist/guitarist and keyboard player for the rock band Pop Will Eat Itself , Mansell is also a film composer. And very good at it also. He has been the composer for films like Moon, The Rebound, Faster and recently The Iron Lady, but Mansell is most famously known for his collaborations with director Darren Aranofsky which resulted in the original soundtracks of movies such as The Fountain, The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream (he composed Lux Aeterna, you will definitely recognize that) and Black Swan. Surprisingly, Clint Mansell has never won a major film award, like Best Original Score for a Motion Picture, for his work. As a matter of fact, he has only received a Golden Globe nomination for his work for the movie The Fountain (one of the best soundtracks for a movie, really). But yeah, a disgrace since he is one of the very best film composers.

The song Dead Reckoning however, comes from the original soundtrack of the movie Smokin’ Aces. A movie that is action packed to say the least and as an action movie is quite entertaining to watch. If you are looking for a high quality movie, this isn’t your thing. But still it has its moments that stand out from other mediocre action movies. And why? Well, because of the music of course. I have to watch the movie again to give a better and more grounded judgment about it, but since this is a music blog I will not do this.

The song Dead Reckoning is played at the very ending of the movie. The song is used to give the ending of the movie a more dramatic notion and it succeeds without a doubt. The song starts slowly with some string music. A little piano is heard. A guitar comes in. Slowly, very slowly the song builds. Tension is rising. The tempo rises. The guitar takes the lead. And then: emotion, drama and melancholy. All in the music. Great song, great composer, great scene, great ending.

Sexy Floating Girls

17 Nov

Last summer I was working as a bartender at the Parade, a theater festival in Amsterdam. Apart from a lot of culture and alcohol, there is a carousel which really is the mascot of the festival. So the moment when the carousel makes his last rounds on the last day, it goes together with a specific song. Maybe it was the sad moment or maybe it was the surrounding with all the people hidden behind the smoke of the fogger. Anyway, I thought it was a great song. It has this dreamy, relaxing vibe to it that I thought was amazing.

Back home I couldn’t find it. I searched the internet, but the only thing I knew was that it came from a porn movie. So that was a good start. Still, I couldn’t find it. But today I suddenly found it and it was as great as the first time I heard it: Sexy Girls by Gert Wilden & Orchestra. For the interested, it comes from the movie “Mädchen Die Nach München Kommen”.

This great song got me (ofcourse!) interested in other typical porn music. That way I found out about for example Klaus Harmony. What a great name and what great songs, like Dub Down Dirty, Dealing With The Fuzz and last but not least Nicht Stoppen.

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