Re: RARA-AVIS: Hard-boiled music

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 13 Apr 2000

Doug B wrote:

"I was just thinking about the famous scene in Quentin Tarantino's RESERVOIR DOGS that uses Stealer's Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle With You", an old folk-rock song from the mid-Seventies. After having seen that scene, I have not been able to think of that song in any other light. Movies are a powerful thing."

Well, Tarantino certainly agrees:

"Personally, I don't know if Jerry Rafferty necessarily appreciated the connotations that I brought to 'Stuck in the Middle With You.' There's a good chance he didn't. But that's one of the things about using music in movies that's so cool: the fact that if you do it right, it's about as cinematic a thing as you can do. You're really doing what movies do better than any other art form. It works in this visceral, emotional, cinematic way that's special. And when you do it right and you hit it right, then you can never really hear that song again without thinking about that image from the movie. . . . I think 'Commanche' and sodomy are married from here on out [referring to the pawn shop scene in Pulp Fiction]. I dare somebody to try to use it and not bring up connotations."


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