Love him or hate him you can't deny that Tarantino's films changed cinema and that his unique song choices became the soundtrack of cool. The show had a wealth of songs and multiple movies to choose from including Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill & Inglourious Basterds, among others.
The lineup of Melbourne & Sydney musicians included Mikelangelo and Saint Clare, Johnny Wishbone from The Snowdroppers, Kira Puru from Kira Puru and The Bruise, Daniel March and also burlesque queen Tasia. The night was hosted by MC Jay Katz, curator of the Mu Meson film archive.
Initially it felt a little like the night was being done backwards with the bigger songs first, but it worked well. The first half was incredibly strong. It opened with the Dick Dale number Misrilou. Mikelangelo on guitar and Saint Clare as go go dancer. Then it moved on to "You Never Can Tell", sung by Johnny Wishbone, very cabaret, but a lot of fun.
Mikelangelo's rendtion of "Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon" (originally by Neil Diamond, but covered by Urge Overkill in Pulp Fiction) was enormously entertaining. It ended with him roaming the audience for women to sing to, then inviting everyone to join him in his upstairs jacuzzi.
After the break Saint Clare came out to sing "Lonesome Town" (from Pulp Fiction) and "Bang Bang" (from Kill Bill). Then came Tasia's burlesque performance with her extremely well trained snake which was showstopping.
The whole idea was really great. It gave people an excuse to dress up and enjoy the night out. One can only hope it moves to other cities.