Urge Overkill, 'Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon'
Legend has it, Quentin Tarantino found a used copy of alt rockers Urge Overkill's 1992 Stull EP while crate digging in England and became smitten with its lead track, a cover of Neil Diamond's 1967 single "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon." The director has gone so far as to say the alt-rockers' version is "even better" than Diamond's. It had a profound effect on him.
When he was deciding on the music Uma Thurman's character, Mia Wallace, would dance to while John Travolta psychs himself to take her on "not a date," he considered a number of songs, including one by the rockabilly duo the Collins Kids. "All of a sudden, this is it," he said of Urge's "Girl." "Beyond the shadow of a doubt, this is the song Mia has to dance to by herself. I played it to Uma; Uma flipped."
Diamond has said he was apprehensive about licensing the track, based on the ear-severing scene in Reservoir Dogs, but ultimately he was happy with it – once it sunk in. "I watched [Pulp Fiction] about a half a dozen times before I could figure it out," Diamond told Rolling Stone in 1996. Urge Overkill's single made it to Number 59 on the Hot 100 and Number 11 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. "It really proves you can't keep a good record down," Urge Overkill frontman Nash Kato said in 1995.