Morgan Creek

Jul 01 1993

Quentin Tarantino's 1993 film True Romance was a veritable parade of stars, including Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer (whose performance of "Heartbreak Hotel" is in the movie but not on the soundtrack CD), Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Bronson Pinchot, and Samuel Jackson, among others. The plot goes boy meets girl, boy kills girl's pimp, couple takes pimp's coke, and bad boys chase couple, culminating in a scene very reminiscent of Reservoir Dogs, with an unbelievable amount of gunfire.

Soundgarden appears on the soundtrack with such similar artists as Chris Isaak and Robert Plamer (please note sarcasm). The track list is as follows:

  1. Hans Zimmer - You're So Cool
  2. Charlie Sexton - Graceland
  3. John Waite - In Dreams
  4. Charles & Eddie - Wounded Bird
  5. Nymphomania - I Want Your Body
  6. Hans Zimmer - Stars At Dawn
  7. Shelby Lynne - I Need A Heart To Come Home To
  8. Howard Blake - Viens Mallika Sous le Dome Edais from Lokme
  9. Robert Palmer - (Love Is) The Tender Trap
  10. Soundgarden - Outshined
  11. Hans Zimmer - Amid the Chaos Of the Day
  12. Chris Isaak - Two Hearts

Soundgarden's contribution, "Outshined," is best known as a single from 1991's Badmotorfinger, with music and lyrics by Chris Cornell. Released several times between March and November 1992, "Outshined" shipped with lots of b-sides that to this day have not been released anywhere else: "I Don't Care About You," "Can You See Me," "Homicidal Suicidal," and "I Can't Give You Anything." Says Kim Thayil: "All I can remember is that they cut the guitar solo to make the video 'single-length.' I thought that was a stupid thing. Here we are, a guitar band, and the guitar solo -- it may not be a great guitar solo -- was edited out just for the video. That's ridiculous. It was a heavy song and our most popular video, even though it was a crap video. It never kicks in or explodes; there's no dynamics. The band never loosens up and explores the riff because the solo was taken out." Check out a sound clip [MP3].