George Baker Selection

Little Green Bag

Composed by Jan Visser / Johannes Bouwens

Song Review by

Part of the short-lived "Dutch Invasion" hype of the early '70s, the George Baker Selection's "Little Green Bag" is today so inextricably intertwined with its use in the opening scene of Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs that any use of it in the years since that movie came out (such as a memorable gag from the first season of the British sitcom Coupling) is intended as a reference back to the film, not the song itself. On its own, "Little Green Bag" is an odd little hybrid of proto-punky rock and roll (dig that surprisingly tough, stabbing rhythm guitar riff, and the funky bass and sleigh bells opening) and utterly unfashionable European MOR influences like the bouncy organ part (reminiscent of Bent Fabric's "The Happy Puppy") and the downright giddy turn the melody takes on the bridge. This combination evokes, of all things, Love's Forever Changes, which had similarly combined no-nonsense rock and roll with unexpected accents like a mariachi band and adult-contemporary strings. "Little Green Bag" is so weird that it by rights shouldn't work at all, but in fact, it's utterly beguiling.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Little Green Bag 1970 Collectables
Paloma Blanca 1975 EMI Music Distribution
Best of the George Baker Selection [EMI #1] 1997 EMI Music Distribution 3:59
No Image EMI 4:03
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