Experience music from Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs live concert in Melbourne

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Experience music from Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs live concert in Melbourne

Quentin Tarantino

For one night only this May in both Melbourne and Sydney, some of the country's finest vocalists will join forces to take on the soundtracks of Quentin Tarantino.

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, Harry Nilsson’s Coconut and more.

Catch the show at Melbourne’s own Palais Theatre on May 5.

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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.

Liberty Stage is bringing both albums to life for one night only in Sydney at the State Theatre on Thursday, May 4 and at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Friday, May 5.

Bringing Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction to life will be a dream quartet from the other side of the tracks – some of Kiwi’s finest rockers – reliving some of the wickedest music on celluloid. Fur Patrol rocker Julia Deans, 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.

Karyn Rachtman, Music Supervisor on Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction will also be appearing at both shows to introduce the concert and spill some behind-the-scenes tea on that time.

These soundtracks are beyond important to me, having spent a year in the early ‘90’s hustling artists, publishers and labels to get just the right music for Quentin’s vision, Rachtman says.

“This concert is just incredible and so much fun! It captures the ‘dark cool’ of Quentin’s work brilliantly. A smoking hot band and fabulous singers. They did the soundtracks proud! Australia, you need to see this!”

The show premiered across the ditch in 2021 to rave reviews including these from some happy campers:

So, are you Mia Wallace or Vincent Vega? Mr Pink or The Gimp? Pumpkin or Honey Bunny? Come along and dress up as your favourite Tarantino character and twist your socks off! Tickets go on sale at 10.00am on Friday, February 17, grab them by heading here.