Fall Out Boy + ‘The Munsters’ = Quentin Tarantino?

By: Bobby Mitchell

What’s the one song on the radio that’s bound to make you think of Herman, Lily and Eddie Munster? It’s Fall Out Boys hit Uma Thurman, which samples generously from the classic ’60s TV show theme from The Munsters.

The title of FOB’s song is a reference to actress Uma Thurman and is a nod to her dancing with John Travolta in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. The Munsters theme pulls it off because the guitar riffs and brass sound like something from Dick Dale & His Del-Tones!


Pete Wentz on the group’s website writes: “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?”

Frankly, the only way to top this song would be a video featuring Uma Thurman dancing with Fred Gwynne!


What 60s TV theme song is your favorite?

Plus, I bet you didn’t know these songs are sampled in popular hits, too:

Nicki Minaj “Your Love” (sample: Annie Lennox “No More I Love You’s”)

Rihanna “Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary” (sample: The Police “Message In A Bottle”)

Destiny’s Child “Bootylicious” (sample: Stevie Nicks “Edge Of Seventeen”)

Amy Winehouse “Tears Dry On Their Own” (sample: Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”)



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