Paul Revere and the Raiders – Good Thing

Thematically no band is so centrally tied to Tarantino’s soundtrack as Paul Revere and the Raiders. Musically, they’re indicative of that same sunshine and fun that Sharon teases her friends about. 1967’s “Good Thing” was co-written and produced by Terry Melcher, son of Hollywood legend Doris Day, friend to Charles Manson and former owner of the house at 10050 Cielo Drive. The band were both throwback to revolutionary times – they were festooned with archaic military costumes, not so strange during the Sgt. Pepper-era and Summer of Love excesses – and entirely in keeping with the brash excesses of late-60s pop. Paul Revere was the historical figure who let his countrymen know about the invading armies, so it’s no small coincidence that this American band borrowed so heavily from the members of the (musical) British Invasion. Sharon’s joy at the song is shared, her blaring of the music on a sunny day evocative of the freedom and promise that she represents, tying subtly to a former resident of that same house, and superficially free from anything but riff-fueled fun. Yet it’s the dark, heavy undercurrent to this pop lightness that injects the entire film with a sense of doom and dread, regardless of narrative catharsis, and the use of these revered Revere tracks is a critical if subtle tool for this ambivalence to be articulated.

Mamas & The Papas – Straight Shooter

There are many apocryphal stories surrounding the Manson murders, and one suggests that the piano in the house had atop it some sheet music for this John Phillips tune there at the time of the attack. Sharon didn’t play, but it’s suggested that Abigail Folger may have been doing so, which is how Tarantino sets the scene. Terry Melcher often worked with the Mamas and the Papas, and Sharon is seen at the Playboy Mansion with Cass Elliot and Michelle Phillips, showing how tight-knit this community of millionaire outsiders were, feeding the general public with tales of California Dreams (the Jose Feliciano cover adds to that) while living an unfettered, unafraid life of luxury in the hills.

Buffy Sainte-Marie – The Circle Game

Sainte-Marie covered her fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell using a similar arrangement as the Judy Collins version, an upbeat song about being trapped on the “carousel of time”. It’s a poetic song with hints of melancholy that Michell would pull off for much of her career, and soon her insular retreat into Laurel Canyon would provide a calling card to innumerable singer-songwriters that would join her apart from the brash excesses of Hollywood pop life. Sainte-Marie continues her remarkable career to this day, providing a fierce and effective voice for indigenous peoples throughout the continent. Her performance here has that mark of her intensity and caution about complacency about letting things pass you by, making it all the more perfect its location in the film. The song is used when Sharon picks up a hitchhiker and has a perfectly warm and friendly encounter, hugging her passenger as they part. After Sharon’s passing this innocence would be forever shattered by another group that would hitch in Hollywood, and the divide between those on the side of the road and those ensconced in positions of power and privilege would be divided even further in decades to come.

The Full Soundtrack

“The Rocks”, “The Return”
(from Have Gun Will Travel)
Written by Bernard Herrmann

“Against a Crooked Sky”
Written by Alexis de Azevedo

“Hell River”
Courtesy of Multicom Entertainment Group.

“The Killing” (unused score from the motion picture Torn Curtain)
Written by Bernard Hermann

KHJ Station ID
Written by Johnny Mann

“Treat Her Right”
Performed by Roy Head & The Traits

“Green Door”
Written by Robert Davie, Marvin Moore
Performed by Leonardo DiCaprio

“I’ll Never Say Never To Always”
Written by Charles Manson

“Mrs. Robinson”
Performed by Simon & Garfunkel

“The Letter”
Performed by Joe Cocker

“Funky Fanfare”
Written by Keith Mansfield

“Ready for Action”
Written by Syd Dale

Written by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Du Bose Heyward and Dorothy Heyward
Performed by Billy Stewart

“Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man”
Performed by The Bob Seger System

Performed by The Village Callers

“The House That Jack Built”
Performed by Aretha Franklin

Performed by Deep Purple

“MacArthur Park”
Written by Jimmy Webb
Performed by Robert Goulet

Written by Lalo Schifrin

“Paxton Quigley’s Had The Course”
From the film 3 In The Attic
Performed by Chad & Jeremy

“Son of a Lovin’ Man”
Performed by Buchanan Brothers

Written by Harold F. Weed

“Kentucky Woman”
Written by Neil Diamond
Performed by Deep Purple

“Time For Livin’”
Performed by The Association

“Choo Choo Train”
Performed by The Box Tops

“Good Thing”
Written by Terry Melcher * Mark A. Lindsay
Performed by Paul Revere and the Raiders

Performed by Paul Revere and the Raiders

“The Bed”
From the film Danger: Diabolik
Written by Ennio Morricone

“Jenny Take A Ride”
Performed by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels

“Can’t Turn You Loose”
Written by Otis Redding
Performed by Wayne Cochran and C.C. Riders

“Ecce Homo”
Performed by Francesca De Masl

“The Circle Game”
Written by Joni Mitchel
Performed by Buffy St. Marie

From the film The Great Escape
Written & Performed by Elmer Bernstein

“Freya Bangs”, “Freya”, “Karate Dance” and “TV Screen”
From the film The Wrecking Crew
Written by Hugo Montenegro

“Mexican Western”
Written & Performed by Francesco De Masl

“Soul Serenade”
Performed by Willie Mitchell

“Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show”
Written & Performed by Neil Diamond

“Theme from ‘It’s Happening’”
Performed by Paul Revere and the Raiders

“Bring a Little Lovin’”
Performed by Los Bravos

“Hey Little Girl”
Performed by Dee Clark

“Victorville Blues”
Performed by Harley Hatcher Combo

“Dalton Gang Ride Entrance”
From Cattle Annie & Little Britches
Performed by Tom Slocum/John Bird and the Cattle Annie Band

“The Radiogram”
(unused score from Torn Curtain)
Written and performed by Bernard Herman

“Dalton Gang Ride Entrance”
From Cattle Annie & Little Britches
Written and Performed by Tom Slocum

“Mr. Sun Mr. Moon”
Performed by Paul Revere and the Raiders

“Screen Gems Logo (1965 version)”
Performed by Eric Siday

“Don’t Chase Me Around”
From the film Gas-s-s-s
Written by Barry “The Fish” Melton
Performed by Robert Corff

“California Dreamin’”
Written by John and Michelle Phillips
Performed by Jose Feliciano

“Un Uomo Chiamato Apocalisse Joe – Seq. 1”
Written and Performed by Bruno Nicolai

“Straight Shooter”
Written by John Phillips
Performed by Samantha Robinson

“FBI Theme and Score Cues”
From the TV series THE FBI

“Dinamite Jim” (English Version)
Performed by I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni

“Out Of Time”
Performed by the Rolling Stones

“Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon)”
Performed by The Mammas & The Papas

“Miss Lilly Langtry”, “Judge Roy Bean’s Theme”
From The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
Composed and Conducted by Maurice Jarre

“Snoopy Vs The Red Baron”
Performed by The Royal Guardsman

“You Keep Me Hangin’ On”
Performed by Vanilla Fudge

“Batman Theme”
Written by Neal Hefti

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