Existing in the same gritty crime and romance genre as films like Kalifornia and True Romance, 1994's Love & a .45 is most notable for introducing the public to a promising young actress named Renee Zellweger (who garnered critical acclaim for later performances in films like Chicago and Bridget Jones's Diary).
Incidental music in the film was left up to Tom Verlaine, but the proper soundtrack is a hodgepodge of early-'90s weirdo indie rock, shoegazing, and classic country. The record leads off with the Flaming Lips' ultra-catchy "Turn It On," a track pulled from Transmissions from the Satellite Heart, the same disc that spawned the early-'90s surprise hit "She Don't Use Jelly." Things take a darker, moodier turn as the album works its way through cuts by the revered but ultimately not-all-that-popular Meat Puppets ("Animal"), an uncharacteristically rocking attempt by the typically lackadaisical Mazzy Star ("Ghost Highway"), and a dreamy, pseudo-soul jangle pop turn from Mazzy collaborators the Jesus & Mary Chain ("Come On"). An overlooked gem of the indie rock world, Guided By Voices frontman Bob Pollard performs a duet with ex-Pixies/Breeder Kim Deal in a stripped-down and surprisingly beautiful cover of Boudleaux Bryant's classic "Love Hurts." Forgettable alt-rock band April's Motel Room checks in with "Black 14," while Reverend Horton Heat sleepwalks through another cocktail nation anthem. Weirdo German roots rockers FSK turn up with Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven mainstay David Lowery in tow for what sounds like Les Paul leading a polka band through "Unter Dem Doppeladler." Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" is spot-on, as usual, and the album draws to a close with Roger Miller's "King of the Road," a fitting end to a buddies-on-the-run flick.