Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa Perform 'Uma Thurman' at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards: Watch
Which came first, the music or the lyrical concept?
We had the tracks done. But people kept saying, "Oh, Pulp Fiction," so we were like, "Why don't we write something in the Quentin Tarantino world?" Then the Uma idea came up. We reached out to her; I don't know how she feels about the song, but she's OK with us naming it "Uma Thurman."
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Fall Out Boy's latest, American Beauty/American Psycho, outsold 2013's Save Rock and Roll its first week. Were you surprised?
With Save, it was like, "Can we even make a record again?" This album was a true experiment, [responding] to pop culture with immediacy. I don't know if there's a lane for a band like Fall Out Boy, but we've been able to carve one out.
Listen to "Uma Thurman" and more music from this issue in the Spotify playlist below:
This story originally appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of Billboard.