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Matador Soundtrack


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I'm damn proud of this record. Each song works perfectly in capturing the energy, emotion, and comedy of the film. THE MATADOR has been a labor of love the whole way through. I feel the soundtrack captures the fun of the movie, the experience we had making it, and hopefully you did while watching it.

Have a margarita (cock optional), and listen away. Richard Shepard ~ Writer/Director

From the Artist

In the first cut of THE MATADOR, the film was longer and darker. Pierce dreams of bullfights and hears the Stones "Paint it Black" in his restless sleep. At the end of the film, at the cemetery we hear "You Can't Always Get What You Want". It was fitting and emotional. But it was also expensive as all hell. Talk about not getting what you want-- There's a reason Mick Jagger owns his own private jet-- that one song was our entire music budget. Things had to change. As editing progressed and the film found it's own rhythm, sure musical choices, suddenly were open to discussion. You can't always get what you want, but you get what you need.

We realized that the opening of our film was too dark, and audiences were having a hard time figuring out if they could laugh or not. I'm all for shades of gray as much as the next indie filmmaker, but if they ain't laughing at Pierce painting his toenails we were in big fat f***ing trouble. So we changed things. I still wanted the bad-boy Brit aesthetic that was both integral to our music choices and to Pierce's character-- but "Paint It Black" had to go. I love the Jam. Always have. When I was in high school in the early 1980's I thought the Jam was dangerous, very cool music. The Jam jams. And once it went into the opening credit sequence, it was crazy that we ever thought of anything else.

The scene where Pierce walks through the lobby in his underwear and cowboy boots was basically improvised in the hotel lobby in Mexico where we were staying. It was a one take deal, and other then three extras all those people staring at Pierce were real hotel guests, wondering what peyote they just dropped. Bryan Furst, one of the film's producers, suggested The Cramps for the scene. Goddamn if it wasn't perfect. Forever immortalizing Pierce's funniest moment in the movie. You ain't no punk, you punk.


1. “A Town Called Malice” - The Jam
2. “El Matador” - Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
3. “It’s Not Unusual” - Tom Jones
4. “1,2,3,4” - Titan
5. “Manila Fiasco” - Rolfe Kent
6. “Garbageman” - The Cramps
7. “In The Heat Of The Moment” - Asia
8. “Bahia Blanca” - Ramon Stagnaro
9. “A Mi Guitarra” - Daniel Indart
10. “Matador Theme” - Rolfe Kent
11. “One Night In Mexico” - Rolfe Kent
12. “Wee Small Hours Of The Morning” - Dave Van Norden
13. “No Te Rajes” - Mariachi “La Estrella”

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 10, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 27, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Superb Records
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • ASIN: B000CRR3RE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By paddymid on July 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Great stuff. The music works perfectly with the movie -- in fact the music makes the movie, from beginning to end.

Never mind the Xavier Cugat track (seriously, it should have been here) -- the real question is what happened to The Killers' "All These Things I've Done"?? Perfect ending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Steckler on February 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
...still, I kept leaning over throughout the picture and telling my buddy, "I have to get this soundtrack!"

I'll probably still pick it up, but I'd be ordering it tonight if that Cugat track had made it to the collection.

As somebody who still listens to my vinyl regularly, I loved the scene where Julian and Bean danced to "In The Wee Small Hours", and I'm glad that song made it to the disc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evang A. Palmos on July 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
After having spent weeks trying to find this rare CD in several stores,
i finally made the right move.
Thank you Amazon !

PS It's a great CD !
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This soundtrack really made the movie.

It's a combination of old 80's songs (especially "Heat of the moment") and Hispanic/Spanish instrumentals and lyrics (i.e. part of the movie was set in Mexico; probably a good third of it).

Check out the sample songs on this page to get a feel.
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By ~ CAPRI ~ on May 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I agree with the other reviewer that this CD *makes* the movie. It's why I got it...great songs that bring back all the memories of the various scenes and I am glad as well that the track "Wee Small Hours" made it onto the CD. Am happy I bought this one.
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