The Fall Out Boy Song Inspired By Uma Thurman’s Character Mia Wallace
Music has always been one of the essential parts of filmmaking. It is used to set the movie’s tone, encourage the viewer to give an emotional response, and arrange the mood of a sequence. We’ve often seen instances where the soundtrack became as iconic as the movie.
Although music is for sure an integral part of movies, this is not just a one-sided relationship. At the same time, the history of music has seen many songs inspired by movies. Sometimes a sequence, sometimes an event, and sometimes a character was enough to become the muses of the composers. ‘Pulp Fiction’ was one of these inspiring movies.
Mia and Vincent’s dance scene has become one of the most iconic scenes of the movie. Inspired by Disney’s Aristocats, the sequence soon became one of the most memorable in film history, with the soundtrack becoming as iconic as the scene itself.
Mia, played by Uma Thurman, was a mysterious character, and she really enjoyed the music. It’s not surprising, of course, that this breathtakingly beautiful woman has been a source of inspiration. Fall Out Boys was one of those who fell under her spell. Their song ‘Uma Thurman’ featured not only Mia but also other characters portrayed by Thurman.
The song was released in 2015. It sampled the theme of ‘The Munsters,’ and we hear a baritone sax line alongside the moving electric guitar riffs inspired by it. In the song, the narrative focuses on ‘a woman who wants to dance like Mia.’ The song’s chorus describes the empowered and authentic female characters played by Thurman, while the verses are about what can be done to capture the affection of such a woman.
Judging from a conversation Pete Wentz had with Billboard in 2015 about the song, it became clear that while Mia was also his muse, it was mainly her character in Kill Bill that inspired the song for him. Because this resilient, violent, vengeful, and authentic woman has been his crush ever since he saw her.
“The thing that I like about a lot of the characters Uma Thurman has played is that she picks these quirky yet powerful roles,” the musician said, praising the actress’s talent. “When we were writing the song, I’d play it for people, and a lot of them immediately thought ‘Pulp Fiction.’ But to me, I felt like it was more her character in Kill Bill. It’s iconic, vengeful… that’s the character I thought of when we were writing the song. If you grew up at all in the ’90s, it’s hard not to crush on a woman like Uma Thurman.”
He continued, “And then, the ‘Uma Thurman’ melody idea came up, and we were like, okay, now we’ll reach out to Uma and see if she’s down with us doing this because otherwise, we’re going to have to go back to the drawing board and figure it out.”
However, what they feared did not happen, and they got an even better response than expected. Uma Thurman was also a fan of Fall Out Boys and was quite flattered when they asked permission to do this song.
“I’m so flattered, it’s so nice,” Thurman said. “On the nice list! It’s incredibly chivalrous; no one ever asks permission for anything anymore, you don’t even expect it.”
The song received pretty good critical acclaim for its lyrical content, its steady and funky basslines, and Patrick Stump’s vocal success. Before Fall Out Boys, in 2012, Wiz Khalifa had also made a song inspired by Mia. After this FOB song, they joined forces at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards and sang ‘Uma Thurman’ together, backed by 12 dancers dressed as Mia Wallace.