Editors’ Notes The moral of the story in Quentin Tarantino’s film Kill Bill is simple: there’s nothing like revenge. But it’s his carefully curated soundtracks that tell a story within the story. And there’s really no better way to set the tone than by opening with Nancy Sinatra’s torch song “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).” Sinatra’s haunting version of Sonny Bono's song might lead the listener to believe that Tarantino based the plight of his protagonist bride (played by Uma Thurman) on this song’s riveting narrative. Similarly, Charlie Feathers' rockabilly boot-stomper “That Certain Female” perfectly taps into the cocksure swagger of antagonist Bill (played by David Carradine). Where Tarantino’s past soundtracks abounded with twangy surf guitar songs, here he leans harder on the Ennio Morricone–inspired spaghetti western instrumentals to capture a classic gunfighter vibe. Luis Bacalov's “The Grand Duel (Parte Prima)” is fittingly melodramatic for this story, as is Zamfir’s campy panflute cover of James Last’s “The Lonely Shepherd,” which sounds like the theme song to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

SONG
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
1
2:40
 
That Certain Female
2
3:01
 
The Grand Duel (Parte Prima)
3
3:24
 
Twisted Nerve
4
1:27
 
Queen of the Crime Council
5
0:57
 
Ode To Oren Ishii (feat. The RZA)
6
2:05
 
Run Fay Run
7
2:46
 
Green Hornet
8
2:18
 
Battle Without Honor Or Humanity
9
2:28
 
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
10
10:28
 
Woo Hoo
11
1:59
 
Crane/White Lightning
12
1:37
 
The Flower of Carnage
13
3:52
 
The Lonely Shepherd
14
4:20
 
You're My Wicked Life
15
1:14
 
Ironside (Excerpt)
16
0:15
 
Super 16 (Excerpt)
17
1:02
 
Yakuza Oren 1
18
0:21
 
Banister Fight
19
0:19
 
Flip Sting
20
0:04
 
Sword Swings
21
0:04
 
Axe Throws
22
0:09
 

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