Writer-director Guy Ritchie's street-tough look at London's decrepit underworld and the unsavory dealings of four best friends whose cockiness is undercut by some serious trouble features a soundtrack of quick dialogue sound clips, a smattering of classic rock, pop, and reggae, and a few current submissions as well. Junior Murvin's "Police and Thieves," known most to rock audiences by the Clash
cover, is a great piece of political resistance and laidback dub groove. James Brown
's "The Payback" and "The Boss" and Iggy and the Stooges
' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" stake out the sharp end, while the late Dusty Springfield
paints the softer corner with "Spooky." Ocean Colour Scene
delivers the backwards guitar driven "100 Mile High City," and Stretch's "Why Did You Do It?" is a great recreation of early '70s soul. --Rob O'Connor
Guy Ritchie's celebrated 1998 debut matched the Cockney dialogue and crime-caper action with punk, R&B and reggae. Great soundtrack: Police & Thieves Junior Murvin; The Payback James Brown; I Wanna Be Your Dog Stooges; Spooky Dusty Springfield; 18 with a Bullet Pete Wingfield, and more!