We’ve wondered how the score and soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds would play. Since Ennio Morricone couldn’t compose new music, it’s been safe to assume that Tarantino would pull some of his old cues, but what about the pop songs that he almost always uses?

Turns out the primary pop song is ‘Cat People (Putting Out Fire)’ by David Bowie and Georgio Moroder, from Paul Schrader’s Cat People remake. The song was later re-recorded for Bowie’s album Let’s Dance. At the time, it was Bowie’s biggest US hit in years, but that says more about the reception to his less commercial late ’70s and early ’80s work than it does about the song itself.

Bowie and Moroder’s track aside, many of the songs and cues in this list are fantastic. You can hear most of them by clicking on the track titles in the list below. The full song/cue list, as it appeared on AICN (culled from the Cannes press notes, which can be scanned in full here) has a few errors that I’m trying to correct as I search for each track.

The Green Leaves of Summer, Dimitri Tiomkin (from The Alamo)

After The Verdict, Ennio Morricone (from The Big Gundown)

L’incontro con la figlia, Ennio Morricone
(from The Return of Ringo)

White Lightning, Charles Bernstein (from White Lightning, also used in Kill Bill v.1)

Il mercenario (ripresa), Ennio Morricone (from The Mercenaries, also used in Kill Bill v.2)

Slaughter, Billy Preston (from Slaughter)

Algiers November 1, 1954, Ennio Morricone and Gillo Pontecorvo (from The Battle of Algiers)

La Resa, Ennio Morricone (from The Big Gundown)
[I believe this is the proper track; let me know if I’m wrong]

One Silver Dollar, Gianni Ferrio (from One Silver Dollar)

Bath Attack, Charles Bernstein (from The Entity)
[This is really two cues in one, but it’s the full music from the bath rape scene; the second half isn’t quite as clangy and terrifying as what is in the film’s final sound mix, but this is a good indicator.]

Davon Geht Die Welt Nicht Unter, Bruno Balz and Michael Jary, sung by Zarah Leander (from Die große Liebe)

The Man With The Big Sombrero,
Phil Boutelje, Foster Carling (from Hi Diddle Diddle, also referenced in the Basterds script)

Ich Wollt Ich Waer Ein Huhn, Hans-Fritz Beckmann and Peter Kreuder (from Glückskinder, aka Lucky Kids)

Cat People (Putting Out Fire), David Bowie and Giorgio Moroder (from Cat People)

Mystic and Severe, Ennio Morricone (from Death Rides a Horse)


The Devil’s Rumble, Dave Allan and The Arrows (from Devil’s Angels)

Zulus, Elmer Bernstein (from Zulu Dawn)
[this track title is listed as ‘What I’d Say Zulus’ in the French press notes; I’m taking the wild guess that it’s meant to be this track]


Un Amico, Ennio Morricone (from Revolver)
[link is to the trailer; instrumental version of the cue runs from the 48 second mark to 1:33, alternate version heard starting at 2:19]


Tiger Tank, Lalo Schifrin (from Kelly’s Heroes)
[link goes to Amazon’s OST listing; check tracks 18 and/or 24]

Rabbia e Tarantella, Ennio Morricone (from Allonsanfan)
[this may be ‘Bastero Gondors Rabhia e Tarantella'; not sure this is the proper track, either, as the OST has several similarly-named cues]