What is the opening song in “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie”?
The first music in the very beginning of the movie..
I need to find this out!!
I know you know.
I wanna know! I feel like I should know, but I don’t. :P
Must be one of these four:
I’m pretty sure it isn’t any of those. There’s no vocals, it just sounds like a bad club tune being played over the radio or some broadcast or something. I’m not even sure why it intrigues me, but it does.
“I’m pretty sure it isn’t any of those. There’s no vocals, it just sounds like a bad club tune being played over the radio or some broadcast or something. I’m not even sure why it intrigues me, but it does.”
Yeah, thats what I’m saying. How the hell can we figure this out?
Its definitely not any of those four listed.
just to be clear you mean the song thats playing inside the strip club when cosmo’s walking around outside and it kinda starts playing when a car zooms past. or do you mean the crooner song cosmo plays on the jukebox in the bar when he starts dancing.
the song thats playing inside the strip club when cosmo’s walking around outside and it kinda starts playing when a car zooms past.
It’s the song that’s playing just a Cosmo enters the club for the 1st time at the beginning of the movie.
you can hear it at the 8:30 mark here — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtFyKbrqgvI
No lyrics, background instrumental — sounds like an electric cello
If you have the Criterion DVD this is the music that plays over the MENU on the original long version disk
perhaps Criterion knows….
may have to write them
I’m not sure either but if it’s instrumental music from Bo Harwood, who collaborated with Cassavetes on many films, it has never been released on CD.
here’s a little light shed by wikipedia — think it explains everything — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo_Harwood
The Cassavetes films
During his work with Cassavetes, Harwood claimed that the notoriously unpredictable director preferred to use the “scratch track” version of his compositions, rather than to let Harwood refine and re-record them with an orchestra. Some of these scratch tracks were recorded in Cassavetes office, with piano or guitar, as demos, and then eventually ended up in the final film. Though Harwood was sometimes surprised and embarrassed by this, the technique matched the raw, unpolished feel that marks most aspects of Cassavetes’ films.4
I bet that’s what we got going on here….
^ I’m for that explanation. That’s certainly what the music sounds like: a demo track done with a cheap synthesizer or something. Good job researching that fellas.
I wrote an email to Jon Mulvaney of Criterion and he responded:
Thanks for your email!
I’m not 100 percent sure, but I do believe that this is part of the original music that Bo Harwood composed from the film.
I hope this information is helpful! Please let me know if you have any more questions about Criterion!
I wish there was a recording of it somewhere…
Maybe I’ll grab the film and rip just that part!
actually, maybe you should just write Jon M back and politely request an mp3 of the menu music :)
On the YouTube clip, that fragment of cello music is too short to be identifiable. Some larger context (ie., more music) is needed to identify it…
The phrase roughly suggests a melody in the key of D Melodic Minor, but even that isn’t 100% certain.
Given that, it has a rough kinship with Chopin’s famous Funeral March:
I don’t think we are talking about the same music.
I ripped the dvd and then spliced the exact scene from the movie and uploaded it on youtube… just to show you guys.. :0
Your answer: that is incidental music concocted just for this film (by someone) on a synthesizer.
That riff, though, owes more than a little something to Booker T & The MG’s “Green Onions” (1962)
“I don’t think we are talking about the same music.”
ya, we’re talking different songs. The song that is played over the MENU on the Criterion Collection’s 1976 version disk which is the song which is at the end of this clip (starts at 8:34 mark — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtFyKbrqgvI ) is the haunting one I was referring to.
You may be referring to the percussion that’s played over the credits? (also in that clip)
That’s a third song that starts in your last clip where the car drives by and that funky tune starts up
Yeah – I was refering to the “funky tune” that is in the youtube vid I uploaded.
I went to the man himself — sent Bo an email. Let’s see if he responds. He did before…
What did you ask him?
Get him to send you the soundtrack!!!
read the article. he’s got it all ready to go. why is no one willing to release it? Criterion should start a record company for obscure soundtracks!
Bo Harwood got back to me!!! Here’s what he wrote:
“Currently there are a few legal obstacles blocking the ‘CD booklet’ (30 page history covering the 15 years I worked with him, some photos, etc, a CD ‘Log’ and the CD (20 selections). Stay in touch
Nice info, can’t wait for that!
Post back if and when you hear anything else!
Legal obstacles named Rowlands? I could be completely wrong about that but, we’ll see. Good digging, Peter.
that’s exactly what i was thinking. makes me sick. but you’re right, we could be wrong.
The music in this movie is so groovy.
It’s “Amost in Love With You” — a song by John Cassavetes and Bo Harwood
Bo Harwood wrote to me. Exciting news for the beginning of 2013!! I Want to share it all with you, but i want to make sure he’d be okay with that first. But in the very least let me tell you that it looks like we will be able to purchase a bunch of the music he did with JC VERY soon. Not to mention a 60+ page ‘history’ that he wrote, that includes pictures!!! Will post more info here if he’s cool with it asap.