Fire and Water Records: Soundtrack Selections 6

It's a brand new episode of Fire and Water Records with more music from and "inspired by" the film! On this sixth installment of Soundtrack Selections, Ryan Daly and the Caffeinated Clinton Robison from Coffee & Comics share more of their favorite songs from movie soundtracks. This time, it's a battle of Gen X. filmmakers as Clinton selects songs from the catalogue of writer/director Kevin Smith while Ryan goes with tunes from the works of writer/director Quentin Tarantino. Either way, this episode is NSFWFH.

Track list

  1. “Jay's Rap” by Jason Mewes from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  2. “Stuck in the Middle with You” by Steelers Wheel from Reservoir Dogs
  3. “Magic Moments” by Perry Como from Dogma
  4. “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield from Pulp Fiction
  5. “Build Me Up, Buttercup” by The Goops from Mallrats
  6. “Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” by The Delfonics from Jackie Brown
  7. “Alive” by Joey Lauren Adams from Chasing Amy
  8. “Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood / Esmerelda Suite” by Santa Esmerelda featuring Leroy Gomez from Kill Bill Vol. 1
  9. “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)” by Samantha Fox from Clerks 2
  10. “Chick Habit / Laisse timber les filles” by Annie Lennox from Death Proof
  11. “Because I Got High” by Afroman from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Additional music by Ray Parker, Jr.; The Soggy Bottom Boys; Whitney Houston; Prince; Will Smith; Madonna; Seal; Irena Cara.

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8 responses to “Fire and Water Records: Soundtrack Selections 6

  1. Though I always felt a certain kinship with Kevin Smith in this era (aside from the stoner stuff, there’s a lot of interest crossover), it’s really Tarantino for the win in terms of music, and the fact he often assembled the soundtrack first then wrote to it must be part of the equation. (I’ve “written” two movies with my friend Carolynn the same way – outline, then straight to soundtrack – and it makes the film come alive and actually changes/inspires scenes.)

    You indeed just scratched the surface as Tarantino’s soundtracks, at least, are iconic often start to finish, ESPECIALLY Pulp Fiction’s.

    Brief thoughts:
    The more you watch Asian cinema, the more you get out of Kill Bill, and that snow scene is right out of Lady Snowblood.
    Clerks 2 is actually quite worthy. As for Samantha Fox being a one-hit wonder, surely, Touch Me (I Wanna Feel Your Body) is the first song that should come to mind.
    Ryan did indeed massacre the pronunciation of Laisse tomber les filles, and indeed, misspelled the word as “timber” in the show notes, which I’ll allow because in old Acadian, we do say timber instead of tomber for “to fall” or “to drop”. I guess the better translation for the song isn’t so much “let go of” as “give up on”. Pronunciation guide then: “Less tom-bay lay feey” and try to get that “L” at ze front of ze mouth. Is this the second time in a row ending on Annie Lennox on this show?

    1. I’m going to blame the “tomber/timber” misspelling on autocorrect in my Pages document with my notes for the song, because it’s the only word in the title that doesn’t have a red spell-check line under it.

  2. 1) I don’t care about Clerks, and I figure I like the concept of Kevin Smith better than the execution.

    2) “Stuck in the Middle with You” is so inextricably linked to Reservoir Dogs that I can’t recall if I’d ever heard of it before the film. One year I “pulled a Ryan” and bought the Pulp Fiction soundtrack as a Christmas present for my father (and also clearly because I wanted to dub the CD to cassette since that’s the only player I had at the time.) Thanks to Old Dude’s wealth of mellow gold hits of the ’70s, I was able to compile a Tarantino megamix (including songs referenced by Steven Wright’s radio DJ but not actually played, like “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)”. I was taken aback that Fixit didn’t know “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Gee, that’s a lot of songs with parentheses in the titles contained in a parenthetical aside.) I can see confusing Stealers Wheel with Bob Dylan.

    3) I’m not a Perry Como guy. Dogma had a great cast, but the only scene I’ve watched on purpose since the initial VHS disappointment is Salma Hayek stripping. Not typically on YouTube, either.

    4) I already dug “Son of a Preacher Man,” so I can divorce it from it’s usage here, and tend to more strongly associate “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon” with Mia Wallace’s reel-to-reel.

    5) I tend to think of There’s Something About Mary when “Build Me Up, Buttercup” comes up, and not any covers. Mac’s younger brother was really into Mallrats at one time and talked me into watching it once. Seemed like a profane, mirthless John Hughes riff. I did once draw Joey Lauren Adams topless from that one scene. What a weird pattern emerging.

    6) Jackie Brown has its moments, and I did buy it on DVD, but it only rests just on the correct side of the dividing line between Tarantino I like and those I don’t. The only song I ever recall as being from the movie is “Across 110th Street.” I tried to get Pakita and Mac to watch it once, but they got lost in conversation before Chris Tucker gets whacked in the first reel, and they barely talk to each other. I turned it off in defeat.

    7) I loathed Chasing Amy. It’s where I turned on Ben Affleck. I know I sure didn’t think Adams could sing.

    8) I still haven’t seen Kill Bill since theatrical. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood / Esmerelda Suite” is trash.

    9) My recollection is that Sam Fox had four hits, although I needed Wikipedia to remind me of her cover of “I Only Wanna Be with You” by Dusty Springfield (theme!) This one was far and away my favorite, and yet the only song I remember from the two times I saw Clerks 2 (including theatrical) was “ABC” and Rosario Dawson’s magical swirling breasts (theme!) Also my favorite of Smith’s movies (of the two I kinda liked.)

    10) Death Proof is the definition of a gratification delaying slow burn, but “Chick Habit” is the point where you’re shuddering and convulsing over the climax. Probably the best ending of any Tarantino flick, even if the first half feels like a form of punishment for some imagined crime of the audience. The rhythmic phrasing and jump scare horns are to die for. One of Tarantino’s most revelatory track selections.

    11) I saw Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back for free on VHS. Anway, the best needle drop in any Kevin Smith movie is the Pixies’ “Hey” from Zack and Miri Make a Porno, the last Smith movie I ever saw, and the notorious first (double) date movie with Pakita.

    1. Presumably I stole Clinton’s thunder by proposing “Hey” on Volume 2 myself.

      I’m with you on Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon, but also, all the cool surf tracks in Pulp Fiction.

      Across 110th Street is, of course, also in the film Across 110th Street from which it originates. And it’s a great little 70s crime picture.

  3. Well done on another great episode, everyone! I really liked the theme to this one as it hit me with a wave of nostalgia. These ’90’s movies along with others (Dazed and Confused, Can’t Hardly Wait, 10 Things I Hate About You, 2 Days In the Valley, etc.) came along at a time when I first started to notice how certain film makers would use songs in their movies. In fact, I feel like I remember their soundtracks better than I can remember their movies! It was that period in my life where I went from just watching a movie, to noticing how the movie was made; taking note of directors, actors, composers, etc.

    I’m with you Ryan, it’s not that I would say I outgrew these movies, but I feel like I would have a different view watching them now, as opposed to my formative years. Having said that, this show does make me want to go back and watch some of these movies again to see if they hold up to my memory of them.

    With Kevin Smith, I found I enjoyed his song choices more often than not but for Quentin Tarantino, it was either a love it or hate it feeling. Even in the same movie! I love Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood but hate (with a passion of a 1,000 fiery suns) Woo-Hoo by The 5,6,7,8’s. The songs you guys chose were great and Clinton nailed the theme on the head with taking not just good song in the movie, but how that song was used to either compliment or juxtapose the scene, specially Magic Moments! To hear the music of my parents generation playing behind that dialogue was hilarious.

    I really enjoyed this episode and hope to hear more of these great theme shows. Keep up the great work!

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