Quentin Tarantino’s soundtracks have often dusted off tunes from the past, most notably the surf stylings of Dick Dale in Pulp Fiction, and leaned on anachronistic choices, like David Bowie’s “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” for Inglourious Basterds. By comparison, the soundtrack for his upcoming ninth film, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, is straightforward, with tracks plucked from the 1960s. The director had only one rule: “No Buffalo Springfield,” he said.
While there’s no trace of the band’s “For What It’s Worth” in the film -- which unfolds in Los Angeles in 1969, as Hollywood reckoned with the ’60s and the menace of Charles Manson -- there are many other hits from that era, including Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” and a cover of The Mamas & The Papas’ iconic “California Dreamin.’ ” All the songs are ones Tarantino heard on the radio growing up in L.A. As a result, says Mary Ramos, his longtime music supervisor, “this is his most personal soundtrack.”