Tuesday, March 26, 2013

MOVIE MUSIC MOMENT: MISERLOU & JUNGLE BOOGIE / PULP FICTION



"Miserlou" by Dick Dale
and
"Jungle Boogie" by Kool & The Gang
as seen and heard in
Pulp Fiction (1994)

After the unexpected vocal explosion in the film's opening scene Dick Dale's "Miserlou" rides in like the surf music it is to accompany the opening credits. It's a rapid number that gets the body strumming for the ensemble beast that this piece of cinema is. Then at 1:38 (just as the credit for Music Supervisor comes onscreen, probably not a coincidence) we hear the familiar radio surfing and changing sound effect before settling onto the outrageously funky sensations of "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & The Gang. I still remember the first time I saw "Pulp Fiction" (life-changing night for me) and how much the music here set the mood for the bait-and-switch drama to follow. The film is chock-full of ideas I never knew were possible in a film, switching the opening credit music is one such thing.

In all honesty we could just use "Pulp Fiction" for the next few months of Movie Music Moment as practically each song's use is memorable. In fact, the Tarantino canon is all like this. We'll get to his other films before coming back to "Pulp Fiction," until then we'll leave this rich mine as is. What are your thoughts on this iconic opening credit sequence? Also, please feel free to share your own Movie Music Moment in the comments below.

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