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Edgar Wright's Essential Movie Music Playlist
Listen to the seventeen tunes and cues of the World’s End director’s life

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As a special, for-your-ears-only musical sign off to Empire’s epic celebration of movie music, one of our favourite directors and ace pop-picker Edgar Wright has joined the party. We asked him to put together a playlist of his favourite tracks from the movies. He went away, rifled through his record and film collections, pondered, mused, and, we’d like to think, stroked his chin to a fine point, before returning with this, his ultimate movie playlist. He hopes you enjoy it. We hope so too.

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Edgar Wright filming Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

1. Call Me Mister Tibbs, Quincy Jones – They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! (1970)
Is there a cooler title theme? This is Quincy Jones’ score for the sequel to In The Heat Of The Night and it’s ridiculously funky. NB. I had a PE teacher called Mr Tibbs. He was not as funky.

Money Runner, Don Elliott

2. Money Runner, Don Elliott – Dollar$ (1971)
Keeping the Quincy Jones connection with this second track from the ‘Dollars’ score, featuring ‘The Human Instrument’, Don Elliott. This is music to rob banks to.

3. End Title, David Shire – The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
One of the most badass themes of them all. David Shire’s menacing score for this great ‘70’s thriller is incredible.

Main Title, Lalo Schifrin

4. Main Title, Lalo Schifrin – Dirty Harry (1971)
Lalo Schifrin is my favourite composer and his score for Dirty Harry may be his best. This sinister funk is the sound of San Francisco as far as I’m concerned.

A Man Alone, Pt. 1, John Barry – The Ipcress File

5. A Man Alone, Pt. 1, John Barry – The Ipcress File (1965)
John Barry had a golden run in the ‘60s and this jazzy cut from the Michael Caine classic is a great example of his swinging style.

Death Line, Will Malone – Death Line

6. Death Line, Will Malone – Death Line (1972)
Gary Sherman’s cult horror set in grubby ‘70's London opens with an amazing sequence with a city gent creeping around Soho's red light district. This sleazy funk is the soundtrack and it’s glorious.

7. Ping Island / Lightning Strike Rescue Op, Mark Mothersbaugh – The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)
When myself and Simon Pegg wrote Hot Fuzz we would listen to this at the start of every day. Stirring mission music from Team Zissou.

Monkees, Head

8. Do I Have To Do This All Over Again, The Monkees - Head (1968)
I prefer The Monkees’ sole feature film Head to any of The Beatles movies. It’s a real trip and this is one of the many great fuzzy tracks from it.

Marvin Hamlisch / The Yomo Toro Trio – Bananas

9. Main Title (‘Quiero La Noche’), Marvin Hamlisch / The Yomo Toro Trio – Bananas (1971)
The greatest comedy score of them all. The late Marvin Hamlisch delivered an exuberant soundtrack for this early, funny Woody Allen classic.

Deep Down, Ennio Morricone – Danger: Diabolik

10. Deep Down, Ennio Morricone – Danger: Diabolik (1968)
Slinky Morricone title track from Mario Bava’s pop-art explosion. For dancing in the wee hours to.

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Casino Royale

11. Casino Royale (Main Title), Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Casino Royale (1967)
When I am down this is the track I listen to. Surely the most upbeat, silly Bond theme ever. One thousand times jollier than Chris Cornell’s You Know My Name.

12. In The Long Run, The Carrie Nations – Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970)
I love this song from Russ Meyer’s film so much that for a long time it closed out Scott Pilgrim. The Carrie Nations may be a fictional band, but this is a real classic.

Manfred Hübler & Siegfried Schwab – Vampyros Lesbos

13. Kamasutra, Manfred Hübler & Siegfried Schwab – Vampyros Lesbos (1971)
I have watched Jess Franco’s lesbotic vampire opus once, but I have listened to the sexadelic soundtrack a hundred times. It’s a great album.

Goblin - Profondo Rosso

14. Death Dies, Goblin - Profondo Rosso (1975)
Italian horror master Dario Argento hit a groove in the mid ‘70’s thanks to the acid jazz stylings of his proggy collaborators Goblin. This is from their first joint together, the ‘Deep Red’ score. Scary, toe-tapping stuff.

Pino Donaggio – Carrie

15. Bucket Of Blood, Pino Donaggio – Carrie (1976)
The perfect score for Brian De Palma’s blood-soaked pop opera. The vogue today is not to have such expressive scores in movies and it's a shame because this is perfection.

Paul Williams – Phantom Of The Paradise

16. The Hell Of It, Paul Williams – Phantom Of The Paradise (1974)
Another opera from De Palma, this time from his Faustian rock horror. I love Paul Williams and this end credit music is a glorious theatrical closer. Love that piano outro.

John Carpenter - Assault On Precinct 13

17. Julie, John Carpenter – Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)
As your final ‘cigarette song’ of the playlist, how about this mellow Rhodes piano groove from the best director composer of them all, John Carpenter?

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Love the choices! Knew some of them but it was great hearing the ones I had never listened to! Wright and Tarantino rock the encyclopedia of films and music! More

Posted by lfrost on Saturday May 25, 2013, 00:28

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awesomeas expected and completely offbeat and unexpected. Both Tarantino and Wright have seen so many and such a wide range of films,it brilliant. More

Posted by Slacker forever on Friday May 24, 2013, 17:54

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