Amazing Movie Soundtracks : The Big Lebowski

I re-watched for the twentieth time “The Big Lebowski” on a rainy evening the other day: the hilarious story of a charismatic pot-head, bowling and white-russian-loving low-achiever, somehow mistaken for a millionnaire, and the resulting tragic loss of his rug which “really tied the room together”. This Cohen Brothers cult-classic is one of the only “laugh-out-loud” movies that I have had the pleasure of seeing (we never really laugh out-loud in front of the TV, do we? But this is a nice exception).

The movie soundtrack, comprising many songs from the 60’s and the 70’s, is very enjoyable and complements the movie in a wonderful way. BUT, the major omissions on the short soundtrack available on CD may lead to dissapointment. For example, no CCR??? I just, I mean… why?!!?? Even if the two songs from this band are included in memorable scenes… like this one for example:

Yeah…

Therefore, this post constitutes a tribute to the complete movie soundtrack rather than the CD version, unfortunately. If you want to recreate the whole thing at home (30-something songs I believe), you have a bit of work in front of you so why not just watch the whole movie again and light up your mood!

A few other great songs are coming up from Captain Beefheart, The Rolling Stones, Santana… and CCR again!

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Kashtin!!

The Innu nation is the most populous Aboriginal nation in Québec. If you lived in Québec in the late 80’s, you at least knew two or three songs in Innu, thanks to awesome country-folk band Kashtin, composed of Florent Vollant and Claude McKenzie, two artists from Maliotenam, located in the Northern Coast region (Côte-Nord). The storytelling, the catchy melodies and the good guitar riffs still sound great twenty five years later. Now that I’ve listened to the songs again, I can’t get them out of my head.

These videos are not the high resolution type… But surely you guys can appreciate the nice retro feel of old beta/vhs tapes, right?  Below are the original 80’s videos for the songs “Tshinanu” (Our People / Notre peuple), “Tipatshimun” (The Devil’s Song / La chanson du diable), and “E uassiuan” (My Childhood /  Mon enfance), followed by two songs from Florent Vollant’s 2003 album “Katak”. Miam Maikan (White Wolf / Loup blanc) was featured in the excellent movie by François Leclerc, “Looking for Alexander” (original title : Mémoires affectives).

Amazing Movie Soundtracks: Pulp Fiction

I might have a few Tarantino movie soundtracks lined-up in this series, but I’ll start with the Pulp Fiction soundtrack which was an important record for the “teenage me” from 1994. This crazy movie became a cult-classic of the 90’s and its soundtrack is a strange but successful eclectic mix of rock, funk, soul, country, pop, and… instrumental surf music? Not to mention the snippets of conversation from the movie – why did they choose to insert the parts about the hash bars in Amsterdam, the quarter pounder with cheese, the “Dutch” habit of putting mayo on fries, and the fact that you can eat a pig with a guilt-free conscience because unlike dogs, they ain’t got a personality…? Who knows, but those definitely add to the atmosphere.

Pulp Fiction is a great movie with fun characters and a good plot. It is however, like other Tarantino movies, extremely violent. But the irony of having those bloody scenes coupled with random stupid conversations about fastfood or whatnot between those great characters somehow resulted in a very enjoyable 90’s style movie. If you think about it, movies from the late 80’s/early 90’s were often insanely violent, although we seem to have gotten used to it for some reason – some have even almost become “family classics” which play on TV all the time (like Die Hard, Robocop, or Total Recall – the “good” guy uses some poor random bystander as a shield for God’s sake!!). What is the world coming to?…

Back to the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, every kid had that record in the mid-1990’s, including me (it was a nice change from the time when everyone was listening to the previous popular soundtrack, “Dirty Dancing”! I’m guilty as well, but I’ll forgive my 9 year-old self). The Pulp Fiction soundtrack was such an entertaining assortment of songs that I never would have listened to otherwise, like that hilarious country song “Flowers on the wall” or the wonderful surf music, which is as cool as it gets (I beg you, please listen to the 1963’s version of “Misirlou” available below if you only know “Pump it” by Black Eyed Peas!!).

Alright, let’s (jungle) boogie!