Monday, April 22, 2024

Someone Call Mark Lindsay: Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” Soundtrack Revives Paul Revere and the Raiders


Exactly 48 years ago this week, Paul Revere and the Raiders were number 1 on the Billboard charts with “Indian Reservation.”

That song isn’t on the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a time in Hollywood,” but four other hits from that long ago pop group fronted by Mark Lindsay are including “Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon.”

Tarantino always curates fascinating soundtracks, and this one is no exception. All these songs drift through 1969 Los Angeles, but the highlights are certainly Neil Diamond’s “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” aka “Hot August Night,” Jose Feliciano’s hit cover of “California Dreamin’,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” and Deep Purple’s “Hush.”

One song you won’t hear in this movie: the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter.” Thank goodness.

Columbia Records releases the soundtrack tonight. The label needs a hit, and they’re going to have it. Lucky for them, Paul Revere and the Raiders were on Columbia back in the day. They were part of Clive Davis’s league of hitmakers.

PS “Indian Reservation” was just Lindsay on vocals, and two actual legends– Carol Kaye (bass), Hal Blaine (drums) of the Wrecking Crew. (In the video below, the “Raiders” are faking it.)



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



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

Read more

In Other News