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Why Quentin Tarantino’s Soundtracks Defy All Expectations

Quentin Tarantino’s distinctive directorial style has cemented him as one of the most engaging directors of all time. The dark humor, over-the-top violence, and masterful dialogue found in Tarantino’s films are just some of the filmmaker’s most recognized trademarks.

However, no Tarantino film is complete without a killer soundtrack.  Whether it be the iconic “Pulp Fiction” dance scene featuring Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell,” or the grisly torture scene in “Reservoir Dogs“ set to the paradoxically cheerful “Stuck in the Middle With You” by Stealers Wheel, Tarantino never fails to make an emotional, thematic, and narrative statement with his music choices.

Quentin Tarantino is a self-proclaimed music fanatic; he obsessively collects vinyl, makes mixtapes, and even has his own record room, where he displays all of his films’ soundtrack albums.

“And just to be clear, I’m about as proud of my discography as I am of my filmography. I really really like my soundtrack albums, and I think for me they’re wonderful. Every single one of them. And I really love them. I’m very proud of them, and I actually have them in my record room. I have all of them up on the wall, and they all look really damn good together, and I get really proud when I look at them,” said Tarantino in an interview with Discogs Blog’s Anna Bulbrook.

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Tarantino’s passion for music is certainly apparent in his films.  Check out this magnificent analysis by StudioBinder.