Uma Thurman (song)

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"Uma Thurman"
Single by Fall Out Boy
from the album American Beauty/American Psycho
Released January 12, 2015
Format Digital download
Recorded 2014
Genre
Length 3:31
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Jake Sinclair
  • Young Wolf Hatchlings
Fall Out Boy singles chronology
"American Beauty/American Psycho"
(2014)
"Uma Thurman"
(2015)
"Irresistible"
(2015)
"American Beauty/American Psycho"
(2014)
"Uma Thurman"
(2015)
"Irresistible"
(2015)
Music video
"Uma Thurman" on YouTube

"Uma Thurman" is a song by American rock band Fall Out Boy, released digitally on January 12, 2015. The song prominently features sampled theme music from the television series The Munsters (1964–66) and lyrics celebrating the character actress Uma Thurman, famous for films such as Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill.

The song was the fifth[4] digital track released in build up to the band's 2015 album, American Beauty/American Psycho. The song was released to modern rock radio as the album's third single (second in the U.S.) in early February.[5] On March 31, 2015, "Uma Thurman" was released as the album's second U.S. Top 40 single.[6] The remix entitled "The Boys of Zummer Remix" was released in promotion of the Boys of Zummer tour featuring American rapper and tourmate Wiz Khalifa.

The song debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes chart on its digital release,[7] reached No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA in December 2015. The music video won the 2015 MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video. Fall Out Boy performed "Uma Thurman" in a TV ad for Pepsi — which premiered during the 57th Grammy Awards. Fall Out Boy has also performed the song on TV shows including Late Night with Seth Meyers[8] and at the 2015 Much Music Video Awards.[9]

On October 26, 2015 Uma Thurman discussed the song on the Today Show and said the band asked her for permission to use her name in the song: "I said sure! It's very, like unbelievably polite and gracious of them. So sweet. I'm so happy for their big success."[10]

Composition[edit]

Uma Thurman, the inspiration for the song.

The song prominently samples the theme music from The Munsters, taking an electric guitar riff and baritone sax line,[11] its title is a reference to American actress Uma Thurman dancing with John Travolta in an iconic scene of the film Pulp Fiction.[11][12] She gave permission for Fall Out Boy to use her name,[13][14] the track also incorporates "jittery piano chords"[12] and "clapping drums", along with bursts of verbiage like "I can move mountains, I can work a miracle".[15] Bassist and lyricist Pete Wentz has stated:

This was a fun song to write. originally, when we came up with the idea, and there was this sample in it, which is a sample from The Munsters TV show, people kept saying "oh cool, like Quentin Tarantino, cool" when we played it. We decided why don't we kind of create this world around that? To me, Uma Thurman and Winona Ryder, they were these women in pop culture who were quirky, but that made me only crush on them harder. And rather than going with the traditional Uma Thurman role, we thought a lot about Kill Bill and who her character was in that, and this kind of resilience and this violence, but there's something that's authentic about it (like a woman taking revenge or being empowered). So that's what the chorus of the song's about, and the verses are what you would do to try and capture this woman's affection.[16]

The song is in E minor, at a fast tempo of 144-152 beats per minute.[17]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received critical acclaim, with praise for the sample of the theme music from The Munsters and Patrick Stump's vocal performance. Billboard called it the "best yet" from the new album.[11] Music Times wrote positively about the song, stating that the rhythm and bassline are "what really shine" and that the "steady and funky bassline carries the melody seamlessly through the track."[18] It also felt that vocalist Stump's vocal melody played off the music well.[18] Idolator wrote that The Munster sample added a '60s surf-rock vibe to the "impossibly catchy" song.[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

As a promotional digital release, "Uma Thurman" debuted at No. 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 6 on the Rock Songs chart on the strength of 46,000 first week downloads as reported by Billboard.[19] It became the band's ninth top 15 Hot Rock Songs charting in the US since the chart began in 2009,[20] it peaked at No. 22 as an official single (and ninth top 30 single), with a top 10 Pop Songs and top 30 Alternative Songs position. "Uma Thurman" charted in the UK reaching No. 71 and in Canada, reaching No. 67.[21] On 10 August 2015, "Uma Thurman" was certified Platinum by the RIAA, as of September 2015, the song has sold 1,040,000 downloads in the United States.[22] It also became Fall Out Boy's first top 10 Radio Songs hit, as of December 2015, the song has been certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.

Music video[edit]

The video premiered on VEVO on April 17, 2015, its premise is contest winner "Sarah" spending the day doing chores for the separate band members as well as pranking them by joyriding and speeding in Trohman's McLaren given the keys by Wentz. Sarah mostly spends the day with Wentz doing some shopping, wearing bandanas in a gang-esque stickup, riding a dune buggy, playing paintball, flying in a windtunnel and crushing a pickup truck with a M1 Abrams tank with "UMA" painted twice, the truck has printed on the door "Article 1 Section 36.03". This likely refers to Alabama’s Supreme Court blocking same-sex marriage.[23] Sarah also does karaoke with Stump and does a workout with Hurley, the video, like "Irresistible", references Stump's hands being chopped off once again. The video includes cameos by Big Sean, Action Bronson, Brendon Urie, Big Data and MAX.[24]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download (Deluxe single)[25]
  1. "Uma Thurman" – 3:31
  2. "Uma Thurman (music video)" – 4:08

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[44] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide January 12, 2015 Digital download
United States February 10, 2015 Alternative radio Island
April 14, 2015 Mainstream radio

References[edit]

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