The Soundtrack of Our Lives: “Grindhouse” Reminds Us of the Smooveness of Joe Tex

Apr 20th, 2007 // 6 Comments

tex.jpgSure, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s geek-fest ode to crappy quality, sticky-floored shlock was a bomb at movie theaters, but it’s been a hit on our iPods–particuarly the soundtrack to Tarantino’s half, Death Proof. Those who stuck around long enough for the film’s closing-credits sequence have no doubt already bubble-gum popped their eardrums out with April March’s “Chick Habit”; but the real musical highlight comes courtesy of our man Joe Tex, an underrated Southern soul singer if ever there was one. Before he joined the Nation of Islam and when he wasn’t clowning around on late career tracks like “Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)” or laying down the spoken-word, storytelling bricks that would later influence rap, he was pumping out sublime late 60′s slow dancers like “The Love You Save (May Be Your Own).” Smooth ain’t the word.

Apparently he was also fond of (clarifying his song titles like so).

Joe Tex – The Love You Save (May Be Your Own) [MP3, link expired]
Joe Tex – One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show [MP3, link expired]
April March – Chick Habit [MP3, link expired]

  1. CloudCarrier

    I think Joe Henry had a hand in the soundtrack selection in Jesus’ Son, wherein Billy Crudup brazenly sings along to a jukebox playing “the love you save”, which will always stick in my mind more than QT’s bar full of pretty girls in t-shirts & short shorts. I don’t think he could ever muster enough moxy to use Tommy Roe’s “Sweet Pea” in one of his films, either, but I guess I’m just old fashioned that way.

  2. Breliant

    Chick Habit is an English rework of Laisse Tomber Les Filles (which she’s also covered). Here’s a link to France Gall’s original:

  3. Cam/ron

    Good call, April’s French cover of “Chick Habit” is the best.

  4. Stinkerbelle

    There’s a wonderful cover of Chick Habit by “Circus Punk Marching Band” (love that tag) Mucca Pazza. Saw them perform it live, and there’s nothing quite like seeing a ragtag marching band, complete with dented tubas and rock-n-roll cheerleaders, to make 40-year-old French song interesting again. Here’s some MP3 linkage:

  5. Anonymous

    helllll yes. just picked this up last night.

  6. Trackback

    It’s been a while since I took a little excursion around the interweb—here’s what’s been happenin’ on the block…Flood masterfully executed a beat dissection of Pete Rock’s “In The House”.”

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