Quentin Tarantino: Britney Spears, Jason Mraz Helped Inspire Inglourious Basterds
Recently, Quentin Tarantino declared that the forgotten Jason Biggs comedy Anything Else was one of the twenty best films he'd seen since he first became a filmmaker. It was a bold statement, to be sure; still, we should have assumed that the perennially over-the-top filmmaker would be capable of going himself one better. Now, by releasing a playlist of songs that inspired him while making Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino may have done just that.
Tarantino debuted the list this weekend on the Sirius channel Little Steven's Underground Garage, and also used his two-hour special to tell personal anecdotes about each song and, randomly, to bash The Matrix Reloaded. Here's the lineup:
· Wu Tang Clan - "The Rulez"
· KT Tunstall - "Hold On"
· Bob Dylan - "Political World"
· Barbra Streisand - "Stony End"
· Andy Kim - "Lay A Little Lovin' On Me"
· Sir Douglas Quintet - "Mendocino"
· David Bowie - "Cat People (Putting Out The Fire)"
· Jay Z - "S. Carter"
· Roy Orbison - "There Won't Be Many Coming Home"
· Jason Mraz - "I'm Yours (Acoustic)"
· Maroon 5 - "Wake Up Call"
· Steve Poltz - "Waterfalls"
· Britney Spears - "My Prerogative"
Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised that the noted American Idol superfan carries a torch for the mainstream pop of Spears and Mraz, but to see those selections nestled so close to the Bowie song that actually made it into Basterds conjures up an alternate version of the film to go along with its alternate history: Basterds' suspenseful, Nazi-killing climax, set to Britney's yelping remake of Bobby Brown.