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#SLS — Vanilla Fudge’s You Keep Me Hanging On from Quentin Tarantino’s, “Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood”

Jim Adams is the steady-as-a-rock host of Song Lyric Sunday.  Jim says:
This week you can write about either the movie or the song, or both. Everyone should be able to find a song that is featured in a movie and works with this prompt.

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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Vanilla Fudge

From the Rolling Stone article on the music chosen for Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” :
According to Mary Ramos, Quentin Tarantino’s longtime music supervisor, the process for selecting songs for one of his films starts in a record store—which happens to be in his Hollywood home… “In the past, when we’ve started preparation,” she says, “he invites me over and I madly scribble as he’s talking a mile a minute and pausing to put the needle down on records. Everything starts in his record room.

The major difference with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was the time frame. For his poetic-license retelling of the intersection of Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, the Charles Manson posse, and fictional actors played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, Tarantino didn’t want any of the music heard in the film to go beyond one year (1969, when the film is set). Although they were approached by several name acts to record covers or – in the case of Lana Del Rey – offer up their own material, Tarantino stuck with his time-capsule idea. “Nothing later than 1969, some things from before,” Ramos says. “He was a bit more anachronistic with this. He wanted to stay very specific to the period.”

The song I chose from the soundtrack of the movie is done by Vanilla Fudge, with “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (1967.) The Long Island band specialized in sludgy, turtle-on-acid versions of other people’s hits, and no better example exists than this pained version of the Supremes hit, which factors into a particular violent scene in the film. “The song has an amazing arc and shape to it,” says Ramos. “They used to slow down the songs and creep them out, and this arrangement is really unusual and special. It delves into metal and psychedelia. It’s pretty over the top.

Set me free why don’t cha babe
Get out my life why don’t cha babe
‘Cause you don’t really love me
You just keep me hangin’ on

Set me free why don’t cha babe
Get out my life why don’t cha babe (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
‘Cause you don’t really need me
But you keep me hangin’ on

Why do you keep a comin’ around playing with my heart?
Why don’t cha get out of my life and let me make a brand new start?
Let me get over you the way you gotten over me, yeah, yeah

Set me free why don’t cha babe
Get out my life why don’t cha babe (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
‘Cause you don’t really love me
You just keep me hangin’ on
No, you don’t really need me
You just keep me hangin’ on

You say although we broke up you still just wanna be friends
But how can we still be friends when seeing you only breaks my heart again
(And there ain’t nothing I can do about it)

Whoa, ooh, whoa, ooh, whoa
Whoa, ooh, whoa, ooh, whoa, whoa
Whoa, ooh, whoa, ooh, whoa, whoa
Whoa, ooh, whoa, ooh, whoa,
Yeah, yeah

Get out, get out of my life
And let me sleep at night
‘Cause you don’t really love me
You just keep me hangin’ on

You say you still care for me but your heart and soul needs to be free
And now that you’ve got your freedom you wanna still hold on to me
You don’t want me for yourself so let me find somebody else

Set me free why don’t cha babe
Get out my life why don’t cha babe (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
‘Cause you don’t really love me
You just keep me hangin’ on

Why don’t cha be a man about it and set me free (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Now you don’t care a thing about me
You’re just using me, hey, abusing me

Get out, get out of my life
And let me sleep at night (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
‘Cause you don’t really love me
You just keep me hangin’ on (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Songwriters: Edward Holland Jr. / Lamont Dozier / Brian Holland

And, just because I’m nice,
here is the full soundtrack track list.

Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood Soundtrack Track List

1. “Treat Her Right” – Roy Head & The Traits
2. “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man – The Bob Seger System
Boss Radio feat. Humble Harve:
3. “Hush” – Deep Purple
4. “Mug Root Beer Advertisement”
5. “Hector” – The Village Callers
6. “Son of a Lovin’ Man” – Buchanan Brothers
7. “Paxton Quigley’s Had the Course” (from the MGM film Three in the Attic) – Chad & Jeremy
8. “Tanya Tanning Butter Advertisement”
9. “Good Thing” – Paul Revere & The Raiders
10. “Hungry” – Paul Revere & the Raiders
11. “Choo Choo Train” – The Box Tops
12. “Jenny Take a Ride” – Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
13. “Kentucky Woman” – Deep Purple
14. “The Circle Game” – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Boss Radio feat. The Real Don Steele:
15. “Mrs. Robinson” – Simon & Garfunkel
16. “Numero Uno Advertisement”
17. “Bring a Little Lovin’” – Los Bravos
18. “Suddenly / Heaven Sent Advertisement”
19. “Vagabond High School Reunion”
20. “KHJ Los Angeles Weather Report”
21. “The Illustrated Man Advertisement / Ready For Action”
22. “Hey Little Girl” – Dee Clark
23. “Summer Blonde Advertisement”
24. “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” – Neil Diamond
25. “Don’t Chase Me Around” (from the MGM film GAS-S-S-S) – Robert Corff
26. “Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon” – Paul Revere & the Raiders (feat. Mark Lindsay)
27. “California Dreamin’” – Jose Feliciano
28. “Dinamite Jim (English Version)” – I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni
29. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On (Quentin Tarantino Edit)” – Vanilla Fudge
30. “Miss Lily Langtry” (cue from The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean) – Maurice Jarre
31. “KHJ Batman Promotion”

33 thoughts on “#SLS — Vanilla Fudge’s You Keep Me Hanging On from Quentin Tarantino’s, “Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood”

  1. Max, everything about this movie is great and you know it. I saw you said something about some of the scenes played too long. He likes to do that on purpose to keep the audience from getting a little to comfortable. The man is a genius!

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  2. Oh I loved it…but you know….well should I say…well I can without giving anything away. One scene…her in the movie theatre…well that one…was a little long. That doesn’t mean I don’t like it.

    But being critical…if that is the worse I can say…that is not bad.

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  3. I was talking with my older son, who said he didn’t want to see it because of Manson, but I talked with him last night and he said he heard there were some nice foot fetish shots in there and I said yes, as QT is known to have a foot fetish. It could be because of that that he made the scene as long as he did?

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  4. My son mentioned that to me right after the movie. I’ve never paid attention but yes it is true. I remember Uma’s feet.

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  5. Thats a good question….It’s a toss up between two… Jackie Brown and Reservoir Dogs…But if I had to give a definite answer…it would be Jackie Brown. Something about that movie. Pam Grier was outstanding…what a strong lead.

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  6. Both good choices. The casting is always excellent in his movies. QT has done more for female empowerment than just about any director (Ridley Scott comes in with a close second place with Ripley and the Alien series.)

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  7. Looks like a great soundtrack to the movie- which doesn’t surprise me. I’ve had Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show- on repeat in my head all month since seeing the previews.

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  8. It sounds like a fun time. We haven’t seen it yet. Kill Bill’s my favorite.

    Mixed bag for me. In the minority here I think! The monologues and use of the N-word started getting to me. Like the Hateful Eight. A lot of talking…that wasn’t…very compelling?

    But then we stumbled upon Dusk Till Dawn recently and were having a great time. Plus which, my 90-year-old black father LOVES Django! Go figure !! 🙂

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  9. Holland / Dozier / Holland could really write songs. I have never watched a Vanilla Fudge video before, that was real cool. Thanks for all of your effort in compiling that soundtrack list, there are a few songs on it that I never heard of.

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  10. You really need to see it. If you like Brad Pitt you will love this movie for him alone. The Kill Bill movies rank up there for me and it’s been awhile since seeing them. QT never shrinks from the epithets or the hot female close-ups. He is one of the few people I indulge, as I trust him to use both with purpose. He wants the audience to see how ugly the epithets are and he wants to show how alluring but how vicious women can be. On From Dusk Til… it was years before I could watch the whole movie. The scene with Tarantino and the kidnapped bank teller in the hotel room left me triggered and cold. He sure was a creepy mofo in that movie! Django is one of the sweetest revenge movies I’ve ever seen. I also LOVE Inglourious Basterds for revenge. In Hateful Eight I was pushed a little on how they treated Jennifer Jason-Leigh, even though she deserved what she got.


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