The Reservoir Dogs: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was the first soundtrack for a Quentin Tarantino film and set the structure his later soundtracks would follow. This includes the extensive use of snippets of dialogue from the film. The soundtrack has selections of songs from the 1960s to ’80s. Only the group Bedlam recorded original songs for the film. The radio station “K-Billy’s Super Sounds of the Seventies” played a prominent role in the film. The DJ for the radio was chosen to be Steven Wright, a comedian known for his deadpan delivery of jokes.
An unusual feature of the soundtrack was the choice of songs; Tarantino has said that he feels the music to be a counterpoint to the on-screen violence and action. He also stated that he wished for the film to have a 1950s feel while using ’70s music. A prominent instance of this is the torture scene to the tune of “Stuck in the Middle with You”.
Bedlam was a 1990s rock group from Nashville fronted by Jay Joyce, who were signed to MCA Records. Their album Into the Coals was released in 1992. Further members were Chris Feinstein (bass) and Doug Lancio. “Magic Carpet Ride” is a cover of the 1968 Steppenwolf song. “Harvest Moon” is written by Jay Joyce.
Sandy Rogers’ “Fool for Love” initially was title song to Robert Altman’s 1985 film Fool for Love.
“And Now Little Green Bag…” – dialogue extract performed by Steven Wright (0:15)
“Little Green Bag” – The George Baker Selection (3:15)
“Rock Flock of Five” – dialogue extract performed by Steven Wright (0:11)
“Hooked on a Feeling” – Blue Swede (2:53)
“Bohemiath” – dialogue extract performed by Steven Wright (0:34)
“I Gotcha” – Joe Tex (2:27)
“Magic Carpet Ride” – Bedlam (5:10)
“Madonna Speech” – dialogue extract performed by Quentin Tarantino, Edward Bunker, Lawrence Tierney, Steve Buscemi, and Harvey Keitel (0:59)
“Fool for Love” by Sandy Rogers (3:25)
“Super Sounds” – dialogue extract performed by Steven Wright (0:19)
“Stuck in the Middle with You” – Stealers Wheel (3:23)
“Harvest Moon” – Bedlam (2:38)
“Let’s Get a Taco” – dialogue extract performed by Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth (1:02)
“Keep on Truckin'” – dialogue extract performed by Steven Wright (0:16)
“Coconut” – Harry Nilsson (3:50)
“Home of Rock” – dialogue extract performed by Steven Wright (0:05)