Sadly, it looks like someone has finally Kill[ed] Bill in real life too. The actor David Carradine, who had many movie roles throughout a long career but was arguably most famous for being the star of the 1970’s show Kung Fu, has been found dead (hanged) in his hotel room in Bangkok. Although it hasn’t been “officially” confirmed as a suicide, I’m relatively certain that no one really has any serious doubts given that “there was no sign that he had been assaulted.” ***SEE UPDATES TO THIS POST IN COMMENTS***
I never really watched the Kung Fu series or it’s reincarnation as Kung Fu: The Legend Continues in the 80s and 90s, but I was a huge fan of the Kill Bill movies, and it’s always sad to hear about someone taking their own life. Pour a sip on the concrete.
As a tribute to the late actor’s most recent box office triumph as Bill, today’s Jam of the Day is one of my favorite tracks from Kill Bill, “About Her.” The song grabs a portion of Bessie Smith’s “St. Louis Blues” and also happens to sample one of my favorite songs of all time, “She’s Not There” by the Zombies. Quentin Tarantino picked up this trip-hop gem from Malcolm McLaren, who is more well-known as the former manager of both the Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls than as a solo artist. But hey, he’s doing something special on this record.
Malcolm McLaren – About Her: