Having binged watched Breaking bad for the 4 th time, this time in 3 weeks, I have compiled a simple mix of some of the best tracks. Needless to say, if you haven’t watched this show yet, do yourself a favor and lock yourself in your basement and binge watch the best show ever on the small screen cuz unlike what Walter White said, ”masturbating, watching Breaking bad and eating cheetos all day does constitute plans”!
Top 5 Breaking bad tracks :
1) Tommy James And The Shondells : Crystal Blue Persuasion : Wanna cook ? (1968)
Crystal Blue Persuasion is a 1968 song originally recorded by Tommy James and the Shondells and composed by Eddie Gray, Tommy James and Mike Vale. A gentle-tempoed groove, “Crystal Blue Persuasion” was built around a prominent organ part with an understated arrangement, more akin to The Rascals’ sound at the time than to James’s contemporary efforts with psychedelic rock. In 2012, “Crystal Blue Persuasion” was used in the eighth episode of the fifth season of Breaking Bad, “Gliding Over All”, during a montage depicting the process involved to bring main character Walter White’s methamphetamine operation and its signature blue crystal meth to an international level.
2) The Peddlers : On A Clear Day : 1968
The Peddlers were a British jazz/soul trio of the 1960s and 1970s.In 2012, The Peddlers’ 1968 jazz cover was used in season 5 episode 3 (“Hazard Pay”) of AMC-TV’s Breaking Bad over a montage of Walt and Jesse’s meth manufacturing.
3) EL-P & Trent Reznor : Flyentology (Cassettes Won’t Listen Remix)
EL-P aka El Producto, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer and record executive from Brooklyn, New York City. Originally a member of Company Flow, El-P has been a major driving force in alternative hip hop for more than two decades, producing for several notable underground rappers. Here he collaborates with Trent Reznor of Nine inch nails fame.
4) Flavor Flav : Unga Bunga Bunga
Plays in the background of the big party bash of Jesse Pinkman’s flat. From Flavor Flav of Public Enemy fame. It is his first solo album and the only non-Public Enemy album made by him
5) Thee Oh Sees : Tidal Wave
If or when I’ll throw a party, I ll be sure to put this on. A killer surf tune! In 2011, the band’s single “Tidal Wave” was featured in the Breaking Bad episode “Salud“, where it plays over Gus Fring’s poisoning of Don Eladio and his capos.”Fill your pockets and leave in peace, or fight me, and die!”
Quentin Tarantino and funky music go hand to hand together. His soundtracks have multiple gems of hidden soul, funk, and psychedelic rock. While my favorite soundtrack by QT is probably Reservoir dogs (and movie as well) my favorite song from one of his movies has got to be Jack Nitzsche : The last race.
While I think Death proof the movie is absolute rubbish, I think the soundtrack, that I own in red marble blood vinyl is an absolute goldmine of funky music. Ennio Moriconne, April March, Keith Mansfield (Grindhouse) and an obscure Eddie Beram are featured in the movie. Bernard Alfred “Jack” Nitzsche, born 22 April 1937 in Chicago, Illinois was an arranger, producer, songwriter and Academy Award-winning film score composer. He scored One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Starman while The last race was done in 1964, on a 7 ” / 45 RPM.
Full tracklisting of the mix :
1) Quentin Tarantino on the moral choices in Pulp fiction
2) The Ventures : Miserlou
3) James Brown : The big payback (Tall black guy BIGBACK slap-up re-edit)
4) Brothers Johnson : Strawberry letter 23
5) Minnie Riperton : Inside my love (Disco tech edit)
6) Joe Tex : I gotcha
7) Tomoyasu Hotei : Battle without honor or humanity
8) Smith : Baby it’s you
9) Keith Mansfield : Funky fanfare
10) Dusty Springfield : Son of a preacher man (Charlels Beale edit)
11) Bill Whiters : Who is he
12) The vampire sound incorporation : The lions and the cucumber
13) Alan Reeves, Phil Steele and Phillip Brigham : The Chase
14) Kool & The Gang : Jungle boogie
15) Bernard Hermann : Twisted nerve
16) The Coasters : Down in Mexico
17) Eddie Bunker / Harvey Keitel : Madonna speech
18) Jack Nitzsche : The last race
19) George Baker : Little green bag
20) Bobby Womack : Accross 110 th street (DJ ”S” bootleg bonus beat)
21) Al Green : Let’s stay together (Disco tech Dj cut mix)
22) Marsellus gets medieval
23) Dave Dee, Dozy Beaky Mick and Titch : Hold tight
24) Lively ones : Surf rider
25) Eddie Beram : Riot in thunder valley
26) Harry Nilsson : Coconut
27) RZA : Ode to Django (The D is silent)
28) Isaac Hayes : Truck turner
29) Quincy Jones : Ironside
30) April March : Chick habit
31) The Centurions : Bullwinkle part II
American singer, songwriter & pianist borned Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina, USA. Nina was giving piano recitals after playing at her local church at an early age. Her childhood piano lessons were funded by her mother’s employer and a local fund set up by her music teacher, so impressed were they by her talent. She moved to Philadelphia aged 17, teaching piano and playing to raise the money for her studies at New York’s renowned Juilliard School Of Music. To fund her family she worked in a bar in Atlantic City where she was also required to sing and built up a devoted following. She recorded Gershwin’s “I Loves You Porgy” which became a US Top 40 hit and transported her to a bigger stage, performing at Carnegie Hall and the Newport Jazz Festival.
Her repertoire went on to embrace numerous Civil Rights anthems, a movement for which she was a passionate and prominent supporter. She left the US in the 1970s, moving first to Barbados, and some other places, including Africa and the Netherlands, before eventually settling in France where she died from cancer in 2003. Nina’s voice drew heavily on other music forms. It was infused with gospel, blues, soul, jazz, R&B, and folk. And it found a wider audience late in her life when “My Baby Just Cares For Me” became an unlikely UK chart hit when it featured in a TV ad campaign. In fact her music stayed very popular with advertisers as her tracks have been used to promote a multitude of products on TV, including yoghurt (“Ain’t Got No (I Got Life)”), Diet Coke (“I Put A Spell On You”), cars (“Sinnerman”), fabric conditioner (“Feeling Good”), and perfume (“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”), et al.In recent years, spread by the success of the Verve remixed compilations Nina has been not only sampled to death but remixed a lot. This mix presents my favorites remixes of Nina Simone!