Podcast #10, Pulp Fiction

1994's Pulp Fiction was an absolute smash for director Quentin Tarantino. In addition to winning the Palm d’Or at Cannes that year, it was nominated for seven Academy Awards, with Tarantino and co-writer Roger Avary winning for Best Original Screenplay.

The film, like so many of Tarantino’s movies, plays with genre film conventions and temporal organization -- which is to say that it doesn’t take place in a linear fashion, instead jumping about in various points within the timeline. It’s difficult to really put one’s finger on exactly why it’s so good, but Pulp Fiction is just one of those films that manages to survive the test of time and still amazes and impresses over 20 years later.

On this episode, we speak with Eddie Roeser of the band Urge Overkill about the band's cover of Neil Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon." Their cover of the 1967 single was originally recorded for the band’s 1993 Stull EP, and the video for the song released in conjunction with the film helped the soundtrack reach all the way up to 21 on the Billboard charts, as well as reaching double-platinum sales. We spoke with Roeser around the re-release of the Stull EP on Touch and Go Records last year.

Tarantino's latest film, The Hateful Eight, is in theaters now.

Track listing:
Dick Dale, “Miserlou”
The Revels, “Comanche”
Chuck Berry, “You Never Can Tell”
Al Green, “Let’s Stay Together”
Neil Diamond, “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon”
Urge Overkill, “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon”
Ricky Nelson, “Lonesome Town”
The Lively Ones, “Surf Rider”