Great catch on Tess! I was trying to figure out the Thomas Hardy connection, but I didn’t realize Polanski did the movie version. In the alternate reality of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Polanski’s Tess will star Sharon Tate.
Right? Vanilla Fudge is already freaky enough. But after Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, I think even the Supremes version would sound ominous. It’s kind of like what happened to “The Air That I Breathe” from Lynn Ramsey’s You Were Never Really Here. It’s used during a very, uh, memorable and weird scene. Oh, and another song that feeds into the sense of dread in Once Upon a Time is The Rolling Stone’s Out of Time. “Baby, baby, baby, you’re out of time.” Really, Quentin? That on the nose? Yikes!
By the way, my introduction to You Keep Me Hanging On was a cover version on some punk compilation I had when I was a teenager. At the time, I had no idea it was a cover. Here it is on Youtube:
Oh man, that takes me back. Young dumb angry Tom Chick driving around Little Rock being all disaffected and stuff.