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What's on the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's DEATH PROOF?!?!? Give a Listen!

Hey folks, Harry here... I don't know about you... but a full half of the reason I love Tarantino's films is the vibe I get from the mix tape soundtracks that he perfectly places the motion to. It gives the actors a soundtrack to groove to, and in most cases he has the music picked before the film every shoots, so he can cue his actors and editor in on exactly the feel he's going for. Here's the press release from the Soundtrack company putting this bad bitch out...

MAVERICK RECORDS TO RELEASE SOUNDTRACK TO QUENTIN TARANTINO’S DEATH PROOF ON APRIL 3RD Death Proof is Acclaimed Film Director Tarantino’s Highly-Anticipated Half of Exploitation Double-Feature Grindhouse Burbank, CA — Maverick Records will release the soundtrack to Death Proof — Quentin Tarantino’s half of the new exploitation movie double feature Grindhouse — on April 3rd, three days before the two films hit theaters on April 6th. The second film, Planet Terror, was directed by Robert Rodriguez. In between the two features, trailers advertising fake films, directed by Eli Roth and Rob Zombie, among others, will be shown. Death Proof follows Austin's hottest DJ, Jungle Julia (Sydney Tamiia Poitier) as she sets out into the night to unwind with her two friends Shanna (Jordan Ladd) and Arlene (Vanessa Ferlito). Covertly tracking their moves is Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell), a scarred rebel leering from behind the wheel of his muscle car, revving just feet away. The soundtrack includes classic songs from the ’60s and ’70s, such as “Jeepster” from British glam rock band T Rex, “Staggolee” from San Francisco blues band Pacific Gas & Electric, “Down In Mexico” from doo-wop legends The Coasters, and “Good Love, Bad Love” by Stax R&B legend Eddie Floyd. It also features a haunting composition, entitled “Paranoia Prima,” from legendary Italian film score composer Ennio Morricone. The songs are interspersed with dialogue voiced by the actors including Russell, Rose McGowan, Eli Roth, and Michael Bacall. The music perfectly captures the feel of the exploitation films that became popular in American cinema in the late ’60s and ’70s. With their explicit sex and excessive violence and gore, the films were mainly shown in inner-city theaters, called “grindhouses,” usually as back-to-back double features. “I grew up watching those type of movies and I loved them,” Tarantino says in Grindhouse: The Sleaze-Filled Saga of An Exploitation Double Feature. “The whole grindhouse experience, where you would see two horror films in these low ghetto theaters. Robert and I had the idea to actually do this film that is closer to a grindhouse ride and recreates the experience in one movie and in the best possible version ever presented.” To watch teaser trailers and get more information about Grindhouse, please visit The track-listing for the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof is as follows: (Film dialogue is in italic). “The Last Race” — Jack Nitzsche “Baby, It's You” — Smith “Paranoia Prima” — Ennio Morricone “Planning & Scheming” — Eli Roth & Michael Bacall “Jeepster” — T Rex “Stuntman Mike” — Rose McGowan & Kurt Russell “Staggolee” — Pacific Gas & Electric “The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)” — Joe Tex “Good Love, Bad Love” — Eddie Floyd “Down In Mexico” — The Coasters “Hold Tight - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich “Sally and Jack (From the Motion Picture Blow Out)” — Pino Donaggio “It's So Easy” — Willy DeVille “Whatever-However” — Tracie Thoms & Zoe Bell “Riot In Thunder Alley” — Eddie Beram “Chick Habit” — April March

I can't wait to see how Pino Donaggio's SALLY AND JACK from BLOW OUT is used in the film. And this is one soundtrack worth picking up.

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  • Feb. 27, 2007, 7:59 p.m. CST

    I can't wait for the movie

    by mrfan


  • Feb. 27, 2007, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Music from Blow Out?...

    by DanielKurland

    Fucking wonderful, add Morricone and "Jeepster". I forgot how much I love Tarantino's soundtracks.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 8:03 p.m. CST

    How did I KNOW he'd end up using T. Rex?!?!?

    by LHombreSiniestro

    I dunno, I just did.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by Lerkst

    Tarantino's soundtracks are renowned, for sure. But I'm just wondering why does he need to use all retro music for it? Why can't he get current musicians to write original songs in the same vein as the one's he's using? I thought he had put his whole 'retro-70's" cool vibe behind him, but c'est la vie. After the genius of Kill Bill, I'll see anything he makes. Plus, he finally got around to casting the greatest actor in history, Kurt Russell.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 8:10 p.m. CST


    by The Pusher

    So what's the Planet Terror soundtrack gonna sound like? Is Bob Rod going to compose it himself? Because a Bob Rod score to a zombie flick would be the pinnacle of excellence.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 8:11 p.m. CST


    by The Pusher

    Or rather... awesomeness.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by Son of Batman

    more "tense" moments with music blaring over it and then sudden silence, over and over and over again like in Kill Bill. Sweet. And by "sweet" I mean teh suck. Where's Roger Avary when you need him? Fuck.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Thats all cool, but where is POWERSTATION!!!

    by solartaco3

    They did T-rex.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 8:18 p.m. CST

    I did T-Rex...

    by Son of Batman

    but I'd never call your mom that to her face. She's got feelings.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Orgazmo reference, Son of Batman?

    by CreasyBear

    Or mere coincidence?

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Grindhouses of the world

    by Amy Chasing

    I used to live in Adelaide, South Australia, and I have memories going to see movies at the Regent Cinema off Rundle Mall (no longer open). I reckon cinemas 2 & 3 there sound like grindhouses - brick walls with tacky angular plastic and glass "wallpaper", narrow cinemas with seats that you'd have to grab a vinyl cushion or two from the seats next to yours so your ass wouldn't get pins & needles, and the feeling that the movie you'd end up watching could end up being something from the X-rated cinema down the street. Ah, how I hated the place back then. And how I miss it now.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 9:05 p.m. CST

    There was...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...a cheap second run theater in my hometown that just has to be what QT is talking about. It smelled funny and the floors were always sticky from spilled soda... atleast I *hope* it was soda...<p> I'm looking forward to this one, it's a sure bet I'll be picking up the soundtrack as well.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Well, now I know what my summer will sound like.

    by Zarles

    Awesome. QT's soundtracks are always amazing, and this one looks like it will definitely follow suit. As for shitty theaters, I went to see 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' in some craphole in San Francisco, and actually got to watch some hooker beat the crap out of her john when he tried to stiff her for some money. They were sitting about two or three rows behind me, and I actually heard his nose break. No joke.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with Marc Bolan

    by Doctor_Sin

    He said for someone to dig him up so he can save rock music. "Chariot Choogle" is one of my faves. I've got all these songs, so maybe I'll just make my own st.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 9:32 p.m. CST


    by thefoggiest

    Tarantino should've put horse+donkey on the soundtrack if he wanted a true Austin flick.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 9:51 p.m. CST

    "Planet Terror's" soundtrack...

    by Darkman

    is being composed by Rodriguez himself. Given what he did on SIN CITY, I look forward to it.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Trailer music!!!

    by endoftheworld

    What is it.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Trailer music =


    A rob zombie soundtrack

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 11:20 p.m. CST

    April March

    by theredjoke

    April March is awesome !! Hurray for her !!

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 12:54 a.m. CST

    "Sally and Jack"!?!?

    by mrbeaks

    I don't have a track by that name on the version of the BLOW OUT soundtrack I own, but I'm guessing that's the main, tragic theme. If so, I don't know how I feel about that. Actually, I wish I didn't know prior to seeing the movie; now, I'm going to be preoccupied all throughout my first viewing. This is all about my enjoyment, by the way.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 1:35 a.m. CST


    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Like the trailer.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 2:37 a.m. CST

    What happened to John Carpenter?

    by Vern

    Harry, buddy, you told us a year ago or so that John Carpenter was doing the score to this bitch. I have been very excited for this badass Kurt Russell Tarantino movie with John Carpenter music. Come on Harry I thought we were friends, you could at least mention "by the way, all of your dreams have been crushed, etc." instead of just pretending like it never happened.<p> I'm still excited for the movie, it looks great, but WHERE IS OUR FUCKING JOHN CARPENTER SCORE. all capitals means this last part is important, thanks Harry.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 2:51 a.m. CST

    John Carpenter...

    by MelvintheMopBoy

    Wasn't that for PLANET TERROR? Hang on, what happened to him doing LAND OF THE DEAD? Fuck a duck!

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 3:39 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with the record store...

    by BannedOnTheRun

    While it's fun to rag on QT, I can't argue with the man's musical tastes. He has a Christ-like power to revive songs you thought were dead and let them walk again.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 3:45 a.m. CST

    I've grown to dislike QT

    by Kizeesh

    Its terrible to say, but on the whole I've gotten bored with him. <p> Reservoir Dogs is still a good solid film, but Pulp fiction feels gimmicky after 20 or so viewings, and Jackie Brown did NOTHING for me at all. I'd have said that it represented the side of Tarentino I didn't care for, but then I saw Kill Bill. (fun but stupid) I have some slight hope for Inglorious bastards but other than that I think his 70's kitch cinema should have stayed in the 90's.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Be nice if QT made an actual movie again...

    by Steve Rogers

    Something other than these OTT genre throwbacks to films he loved as a kid. I mean, I enjoyed Kill Bill as much as anyone (though it was INCREDIBLY SELF-INDULGENT and would've been better as a hardcore single 2, 2.5 hr revenge movie), but seriously, Quentin - just do a proper flick. Pretty please?

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 4:16 a.m. CST

    F*** The Weinsteins

    by marcus torrance

    Those bastards are gonna release DEATH PROOF and PLANET TERROR separately in non-anglosaxons countries. Sons of beaches. Just as if europeans, asians, africans and southern americans can't understand what is the concept of double features. They're gonna ruin the spectacle for all of us. FUCK THAT. How can QT et RR let this happen ? They're gonna come in Cannes, France, and let french geeks see their movies separately, probably with a 5 months delay between the two ??? Those speaking english can understand the concept but spanish-speaking/french speaking/german speaking etc can't ? Come on... STOP INSULTING US YOU FREEKING AMERICAN STUDIO EXECUTIVES CUNTS. FUCK THE INDUSTRY. FUCK EVERYONE.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Hang on

    by The hoff

    so does that mean we're getting it released as a double feature in england? I hope and pray that we are but some how i can't believe it.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 4:50 a.m. CST

    I'm shocked, totally SHOCKED...

    by cornponious

    ... by the fact that somebody actually said "fuck a duck" in a post a few posts up. I haven't heard that phrase since 1988.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 5 a.m. CST


    by kidsondrugs

    most countries outside north america will get two movies released months apart! Those fuckin movie companies never stop patronizing their audiences...HELP US STOP THIS MADNESS. Sign this petition and spam the weinsteins or whoever is responsible for this! gaaaahhhh!!

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 5:04 a.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo

    Your comment is the funniest of 2007 thus far; "but Pulp fiction feels gimmicky after 20 or so viewings". 20 or so viewings? Can I take that to mean it nothing short of brilliant? Either that or you need a girlfriend... badly.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 5:14 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with the record store...

    by brassai2003

    Awwww....I love it when old timers chime in! Record Store! Too cute! Be sure to pick up a VHS tape for me while you're at the record store!

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Kill Bill 1 was the only OST that has 100% great stuff

    by DerLanghaarige

    I can listen to it over and over. The other Tarantino soundtracks are mixed. None of them is really bad, but for every great song you can find also at least one bad one. <br> But really, if there is one reason to like Tarantino, then it's his taste and knowledge in music.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 5:37 a.m. CST


    by Evil Hobbit

    Weinstein Cocksuckers Brigade.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 6:12 a.m. CST


    by weebay

    As someone who grew up in inner city Baltimore and used to go to these types of movies as a kid I must say that I never heard the term Grindhouse used back then. In fact until this movie came out I'd never heard the term. Perhaps it's a regional thing? I'm still looking forward to seeing this movie.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Vern, didn't you get the message your dreams were

    by Spandau Belly

    crushed when they cast Kevin Smith in a Die Hard movie? Or when that Texas Chainsaw Remake and Premaquel turned profit? How many ways do they have to spell it for you.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by MattyAGoGo

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! "Down In Mexico" is one of the best songs ever written by Lieber & Stoller. I can't fucking wait!

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 12:11 p.m. CST


    by Thorstrongstone

    For some reason, the term "Grindhouse," never caught on in Baltimore. I mean, sure, Baltimore had its fair share of theaters showing these films, most of which are long gone or playing porn now. It is not really a regional term for a movie, but the theater that plays exploitation films. The big ones were in NYC, LA, SF.......though, they were everywhere. I think a better word for these theaters was "shit-hole."

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Grindhouse = 2 movies in Europe?

    by Edward Brock

    I'm hearing some serious rumours that Planet Terror and Death Proof are going to be release in Europe as 2 separate movies. If it's true, then it really suck hardy hard. I may consider skipping it.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 12:23 p.m. CST

    OK, just read the rest of the talkback

    by Edward Brock

    My bad.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST

    "Grindhouse" = theaters showing "bump and grind"

    by Doctor_Sin

    The term refers to the shitty inner-city theaters that showed EVERYTHING crappy, because they had nothing else to show. Multiple-bill b-movies and burlesque shows were the draw. I saw someone had never heard the term before and wanted to clue them in as to its etymology.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Love it.....but....

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    ...Damn! Jcarp was/might gonna do a sndtrk?! That would have been pure bliss. I love the music for assualt of p13. But QT knows his shit. I'll get this. TREX rules.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Fuck the Weinsteins anyway

    by Vern

    They've been terrorizing U.S. filmgoers for years. I don't know if you guys have to deal with this shit out there, but here in the Weinsteins' own country they spend every day trying to think up ways to be a pain in the ass to movie lovers. One of their biggest passions is buying the rights to Asian films. Most of these films they never release, but if it happens to win the lottery and get a release it's under a generic title, usually dubbed, almost always half an hour shorter, sometimes with a completely different sound track, often 2-4 years after it was made. During that down time they like to send out threatening cease-and-desist letters to any stores that bring in the original versions as imports. And with all their current movies (such as Tom Yum Goong, which they call Quentin Tarantino Presents The Protector) they have an "exclusive deal" that they can only be rented by Blockbuster Video. There is no legal basis for only allowing one chain to rent a movie but until they got a court order stopping them they were planning to include a 1-800 number on all their DVDs to report if you rented it somewhere else. It's important to them that it's only available at Blockbuster because it's a shitty corporate chain that nobody likes, so they're hoping people will just get lazy and buy the movie somewhere else instead of renting it.<p> In other words, yes they are being assholes by splitting the movie into two, but they are only trying to spread their reign of terror across the world so we can all be punished equally.<p> They do let Tarantino do what he wants though, and have been coasting on the cred he gives them for years.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Yes, the Weinsteins are fucking horrible

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    they are the enemy of film-lovers everywhere. In fact, what the fuck, it's a talkback: The Weinsteins are to cinema what George Bush is to Iraqi civilians... Disgustingly wealthy, generally disgusting, indifferent, profit-driven, cynical, deceitful, murderous...

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST

    John Carpenter / Grindhouse

    by Vern

    Isn't Rodriguez doing the music for Planet Terror though? I don't think Carpenter's doing that one either.<p> As for this grindhouse term, I have definitely heard it for years but I think it is used more in discussions of the history of 42nd street theaters and what not than it was at the time. I could be wrong.<p> I gotta say though, as much as I am looking forward to these movies, I already want to punch anybody who uses that word in the face. Young movie nerds already started overusing it after learning it from Tarantino when Kill Bill came out. Now we gotta put up with this asshole on all the trailers explaining to us how there were these theaters and they played movies back to back, blah blah blah. (as if back to back is a necessary part of the definition.) I think there is about a 75% chance that while waiting in line for the movie I will hear some young fucker explaining to his girlfriend what he thinks grindhouse means and I'm gonna snap and throw him through some sort of a Spiderman 3 cardboard standee or something. It could get ugly. I'm working on it but I cannot guarantee your safety, fellas, so please let's show some restraint on this word, i.e., never use it again. thanks boys.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 2:22 p.m. CST

    a three-bedroom grindhouse

    by Spandau Belly

    is a great place to raise a family. As long as it has a good grindcellar for playing grindbilliards and eating porkgrinds.

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Maryland native here too...

    by TylerDurden3395

    We didn't have grindhouses we had drive-ins. My earliest movie memory is being five years old (in '83) and seeing a double feature of Mortuary and Mausoleum. I'll never forget the sight of a young Bill Paxton impaling people with embalming needles and Bobbie Bresee's tits growing faces and eating Marjoe Gortner. I also vaguely remember seeing a triple feature of Yor, Hunter from the Future, Sword and the Sorcerer and Beastmaster and a double bill of House by the Cemetery and Seven Doors of Death there too. It closed in 85, and I didn't see another double feature at a drive-in again until they re-opened one up in '02 Delaware and it played Daredevil and X-Men 2. Recently on Halloween they played a Texas Chainsaw Massacre triple feature (TCM 1 and 2 and The Beginning), which rocked hard, but mostly they just play kid's stuff. I'm looking forward to Grindhouse (and the soundtrack too, my fiancee loves Jeepster, she plays it on her ipod obsessively) and I have my fingers crossed that there will be sequels along the way...

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 2:43 p.m. CST


    by only-entertainment

    Here in Germany we will see Robert Rodriguez' "Grind House - Planet Terror" on April 12, 2007... We'll have to wait until August 23, 2007 to get QT's "Grind House - Death Proof" !!! WHAT THE SCHNITZEL !!! I could use some SAUERKRAUT to stay tuned... Maybe they cut all the fake trailers out, because of some symbols in "Werewolf Women of the SS"... What a KINDERGARTEN !!!

  • Feb. 28, 2007, 5:04 p.m. CST

    For a true Grindhouse experience

    by Doctor_Sin

    The theater floors need to be STICKY, the seats smelly, a few sleeping winos in the aisles, some pimps and their hookers - staring each other down and yelling threats during the film, a couple old guys in raincoats whacking off to the nudity, and a couple kids smoking weed. Seeing this in a megaplex defeats the whole point.

  • March 1, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Doctor Sin gave me an idea:


    What if a bunch of us across America dress up like pimps,hos,winos,etc. like Anti Star Wars geeks or Rocky Horror fans and scare the living shit out of the punks who have no idea what "grindhouse" means.Panhandling!Drug Overdoses!Pimp turf wars!Pissing on the floor!Hold-out Hos!All acted out for the poor unfortunate children who wish they could have been there but would have run screaming to mommy and never go to the movies again if they actually were.Sure,you'll probably get kicked out but wouldn't it be worth it to see the look of horror on the faces of this generation of candyasses?Of course this isn't recommended if your theater actually IS like that anyway.There are easier ways to commit suicide.

  • March 1, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST

    I hope the movies will be authentically out of focus

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    and screened authentically under-lit (to save money on the projection bulb) and the sound will authentically warble and authentically cut out for minutes at a time.

  • March 1, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST



    In the last issue of Fangoria Rodriguez talks about how (in his film,anyway) the movie will intentionally "skip a reel" where characters who weren't established as such earlier will suddenly be at the forefront after the "skip".As far as under-lighting I hope they don't since most cracker-box multiplexes do it anyway.

  • March 1, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Does anyone know if Tarantino's still doing...

    by TylerDurden3395

    ...the fake trailer for Cowgirls Go to Sweden? When he started on Grindhouse he said he was going to direct a fake preview, but I haven't heard any news on that lately.

  • March 1, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Wow, reality trumps me being a sarcastic asshole

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I must admit that (reel skip) is pretty cool on Rodriguez' part... definitely more hardcore than just using a digital "film grain" filter, and a clever method to avoid exposition (aka boring parts).

  • March 1, 2007, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Tarntino's fake trailer is called..

    by polyh3dron

    "They Call Him Machete". It stars Danny Trejo as a Motorcycle-Riding, Machete-Wielding Bad Motherfucker(TM)

  • March 1, 2007, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Tarntino's fake trailer is called..

    by polyh3dron

    "They Call Him Machete". It stars Danny Trejo as a Motorcycle-Riding, Machete-Wielding Bad Motherfucker(TM)