Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Funky Snatch

Today's tunes are from one of my all time favorite movie soundtracks, Snatch. This is a record that gets played at least once or twice a month due to it's awesome party tape variety. Film maker Guy Ritchie was on a roll, with his last flick Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels having grabbed loads of positive reviews for it's "British Tarantino" approach. Like that one, Snatch is a grimy gangster flick set in London, a roller coaster ride of sharp wit, violence and great characters. It also featured some high profile Hollywood types like Brad Pitt, who turns in one hell of a briliantly unintelligible performance. The soundtrack is just as exciting. There are great little snippets of movie dialogue in between choice tracks from Oasis, Madonna, The Stranglers, 10cc, The Specials and Massive Attack.
There are some real oldies - Hava Nagila by John Murphy and Hernando's Hideaway by The Johnston Brothers. There are also a couple of brilliantly funky tracks by Maceo & The Macks and Bobby Byrd - hence today's admittedly terrible post title. Bobby Byrd's Hot Pants (I'm Coming, Coming, I'm Coming) is some pure, sweaty JB inspired funk with tight breakbeats, funky bass and guitar and sharp horns. Maceo And The Macks' Cross The Tracks (We Better Go Back) dials down the funk intensity, and dials up the jazz and the quirk - check the whistle. Some sweet grooving for your Tuesday afternoon.

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