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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | Snatch Soundtrack

The soundtrack to Guy Ritchie's crime comedy is the U.K. version of a Tarantino comp.

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This album came out two decades ago. Here’s what I had to say about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


As a filmmaker, Guy (Mr. Madonna) Ritchie is pretty much the U.K.’s answer to Quentin Tarantino. Logically enough, this entertaining companion album to his new crime comedy Snatch is more or less the British equivalent of a Tarantino soundtrack.

You’ve got your obscure ’60s and ’70s tracks (although instead of surf, Ritchie goes in for the percolating funk of James Brown sidekicks like Bobby Byrd and Maceo Parker). You’ve got slices of classic Top 40 cheese (although instead of Stuck in the Middle, Guy prefers Brit hits like 10CC’s Dreadlock Holiday, The SpecialsGhost Town and The StranglersGolden Brown). You’ve got some hilariously foul-mouthed snippets of dialogue. Hell, you’ve even got a bit of Madonna — and next to Quentin’s phallocentric analysis of Like a Virgin on Reservoir Dogs, Ritchie’s inclusion of Lucky Star seems bland and unoriginal. Of course, when it comes to Ritchie’s missus, Tarantino is hardly the only guy he has to take a backseat to.