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Quentin Tarantino's music moments: 'Stuck in the Middle', David Bowie

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Django Unchained, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx
Alongside the bloody violence and salty dialogue, Quentin Tarantino movies are often marked by ingenious juxtaposition of image and sound. Ever since Michael Madsen's razor-wielding Mr Blonde danced to 'Stuck in the Middle With You' in Reservoir Dogs, the filmmaker has become synonymous with memorable musical montages.

With Django Unchained opening in the UK on Friday - including soundtrack contributions from Rick Ross, John Legend and James Brown - Digital Spy takes a look at six of QT's greatest musical sequences.

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Stealers Wheel - 'Stuck in the Middle With You' (Reservoir Dogs)
This Gerry Rafferty/Joe Egan-penned track from 1972 isn't exactly hard on the ears, but pumped out through Mr Blonde's radio station, it's extricating agony for bound police officer Marvin Nash. A straight-razor to Nash's ear mixed with the innocent pop number made this Dogs's stand-out scene.


Chuck Berry - 'You Never Can Tell' (Pulp Fiction)
A dance far less sinister than Madsen's Reservoir Dogs jig, this scene from Pulp Fiction saw Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) do the twist at Jack Rabbit Slim's restaurant. The chemistry between the pair fizzes across the floor, plus there's the added bonus of seeing Travolta - a musical legend thanks to Grease - bust out some moves.


Bobby Womack - 'Across 110th Street' (Jackie Brown)
Jackie Brown is seen as the runt of the QT litter by many, but fast-forward 16 years and it's perhaps the one movie in his back catalogue that holds up the best - a mature Elmore Leonard adaptation free from the many of the regular Tarantino tropes. It also gives star Pam Grier one helluva screen entrance.


Tomoyasu Hotei - 'Battle Without Honour or Humanity' (Kill Bill Vol 1)
This instrumental was indelibly tied to Kill Bill from the get-go after it was used in the teaser trailer. For the movie itself, the guitar-heavy Tomoyasu Hotei track was used as Lucy Liu's O-Ren Ishii entered the House of Blue Leaves. To underline 'Battle's pop cultural impact, it's worth noting that it's appeared in everything from Hotel for Dogs to a season finale of Dancing with the Stars!


The Coasters - 'Down in Mexico' (Death Proof)
Tarantino's half of the Grindhouse experiment may have been much-maligned on its initial release, but Vanessa Ferlito's lap dance for Kurt Russell's psychotic stuntman lingers long in the memory. The Coasters's 1953 track shuffles onto the bar jukebox as things heat up a notch.


David Bowie - 'Cat People' (Inglourious Basterds)
Revenge is a theme etched deep into Tarantino's later work, and this brooding sequence from Inglourious Basterds gazes over Mélanie Laurent's Shosanna as she prepares to host an explosive movie premiere. Tarantino lifted the accompanying David Bowie song from Paul Schrader's erotic horror Cat People.


The Django Unchained original motion picture soundtrack is available to buy now. The movie is showing in the US now and opens in the UK tomorrow (January 18).

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