/ Friday 7th May, 2021 2:54PM
It’s virtually impossible to hear Chuck Berry’s rockin’ ‘You Never Can Tell‘ without immediately visualising John Travolta and Uma Thurman shaking their stuff in a ’50s themed restaurant / diner, let alone listen to Stealers Wheel’s ‘Stuck In The Middle With You‘ and not imagine Michael Madsen doing his own grisly dance with a razor… Lovers of Quentin Tarantino‘s ’90s classics Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs will be stoked at the news four of Aotearoa’s finest vocalists will be performing songs from the US director’s impeccably curated film soundtracks — starring Tami Neilson, Laughton Kora (Kora), Milan Borich (Pluto) and Booga Beazley (Head like a Hole), backed by The Big Band Royale for one night only in the plush surrounds of Tāmaki Makaurau’s The Civic. As befitting the occasion, attendees are encouraged to get in the spirit of things and dress up. Whether you’ll be donning your sharpest suit as Vincent Vega himself, appearing as uber-stylish Mia Wallace, strapping on the boxing gloves as Butch, or bringing out the gimp mask, the choice is all yours [I’ll be the voice of K-Billy’s Super Sounds of the Seventies]…
The Soundtracks From Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs & Pulp Fiction
Featuring… Tami Neilson, Laughton Kora (Kora), Milan Borich (Pluto) and Booga Beazley (Head like a Hole) supported by The Big Band Royale
Saturday 10th July – Civic Theatre, Auckland
Tickets available via Ticketmaster
Here’s the 1994 video for Urge Overkill’s breakout cover of Neil Diamond’s ‘Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon’ from Pulp Fiction…
Quentin Tarantino’s blockbuster arrival in the early 1990s marked a stunning rebirth of cinematic cool steeped in the classiest kind of Top 40 nostalgia.
With its soundtrack programmed by fictional DJ K-Billy for his "Super Sounds of the Seventies" radio show, Reservoir Dogs offset its on-screen uber-violence with the smooth grooves of Little Green Bag by The George Baker Selection, Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede, Stuck in the Middle with You by Stealers Wheel, Coconut by Harry Nilsson and more.
Two years later, the frantic surf guitar of Dick Dale’s Misirlou kick-started the unchallenged cinematic event of the decade. For Pulp Fiction, Tarantino curated a playlist of sweet rockin’ soul with sinister undertones. Dusty Springfield’s Son of a Preacher Man, Urge Overkill’s cover of Neil Diamond’s Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon and Chuck Berry’s You Never Can Tell helped make Pulp Fiction a surprise hit album in 1994, and the coolest retro ’60s soundtrack of all time.
Now, for one night only, join a dream quartet of New Zealand’s finest singers to relive some of the wickedest music on celluloid.
Queen of soul sensation Tami Neilson, dub-funk powerhouse Laughton Kora (Kora), Pluto frontman Milan Borich and hard rock hellraiser Booga Beazley (Head like a Hole) will be kicking off their shoes and polishing their razors for a walk on the dark side, backed by the Big Band Royale.
Are you Mia Wallace or Vincent Vega? Mr Pink or The Gimp? Pumpkin or Honey Bunny? Dress up as your favourite Tarantino character and twist your socks off!