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 said. “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.”
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