George Baker Selection

Little Green Bag

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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 tambourines 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
Baby Boomer Classics: Groovin' Sixties 1987
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:15
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 2 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:21
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vols. 1-4 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:21
'70s Smash Hits, Vol. 2 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 3:18
Sounds of the Seventies: AM Pop Classics 1993
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:19
Heritage/Colossus Story 1995
Various Artists
Sequel 3:17
Movie Killers 1996
Various Artists
Records
Tarantino Connection 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:15
70's Radio Hits, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:18
Best of the George Baker Selection [EMI #1] 1997 EMI Music Distribution 3:59
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:24
Essential Soundtracks 1999
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 3:15
No Image 1999 EMI / EMI Digital 3:24
Hits at Planet Earth 2000
Various Artists
Planet Earth Recordings 3:24
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:24
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:24
Greatest Hits of the 60's 2006
Various Artists
Disky 3:24
100 Hits: New Years Eve Party 2011
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:24
100 Hits: Kitsch Lounge Classics 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group / DMG 100 0:00
No Image