Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Pulp Fiction (Soundtrack)dotdotdotdot
artworkThis film was nothing short of groundbreaking, and provided a major shot in the arm for slow rising surf revival. Quentin Tarrantino's track selection is unparalleled for perfect fit with the screen happenings. His use of vintage surf instros brought forth a huge increase in public awareness of surf instros.

The deluxe package includes an interview disc with Quentin talking about the flick, surf music, and the pulp ethos. Right from the first note from Dick DaleŐs guitar through the last fading note of Surf Rider, this film shreds. The soundtrack shreds equally, and it includes some dialogue from the film as well.

When Quentin Tarrantino used surf music in the soundtrack to Pulp Fiction, he had no idea what he'd do to the popularity of surf music. I saw a near doubling of hits on this web site, and the growth monthly has been steady and unwavering ever since. The film is such a masterpiece of cheap thrills parody... it has become the flagship of the genre, the film all others are measured by.
Picks: Miserlou, Bustin' Surfboards, Bullwinkle Part II, Comanche, Surf Rider

Track by Track Review


Miserlou dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The introductory note of Miserlou is somehow bigger than life. Dick's machine gun staccato is perfect. This is Dick Dale's biggest Del-tone singles, the incredibly archetypal "Miserlou" featured so prominently in Pulp Fiction. No comprehensive Surf collection should even be conceived without this song. This IS the sound of primal surf, the source of the idea of really LOUD guitar leads. It's reported that the arrangement was developed after Dick saw Johnny Barakat do it this way.

Bustin' Surfboards dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Bustin' Surfboards" is one of the most recognizable of the tribal surf instros from the sixties. It's drum dominated raw sound was nothing short of magical when I first heard it on KRLA. This is one of the essential surf instros, a desert island must-have.

Bullwinkle Part II dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This unusual track was featured prominently in the cult film Pulp Fiction, which thrust this otherwise little know band into the frontal lobes of the American conscience. The track is oddly structured, and very cool. I like the rawness of the original better, but the sense of ensemble here leaves this to be the over all fave.

Comanche dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the tune that wailed in Pulp Fiction. Howling honking sax Indian flavored "Navaho Trail" kinda tune with major edge. San Luis Obispo's Revels cut "Comanche" with more guts and danger than just about anything else in their repertoire.

Surf Rider dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is what happens when a real surfband covers a Nokie Edwards (Ventures) tune that had no relation to surf as written. In fact, it started life as a Potato concept song called "Spudnik." This is the grand and beautiful song that runs under the ending credits of Pulp Fiction. This is the full length version, not the single edit.