It’s impossible to talk about modern song usage without including Quentin Tarantino. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 marked a rare moment of maturity, one that looked like it could be the tipping point of a whole other type of career (it turned out that couldn’t be further from the truth). The emotional climax of the film showed a subtlety and poignancy that Tarantino had dared not attempt before. Soundtracking it was About Her, a track by punk pioneer Malcolm McClaren incorporating stretched out samples by Bessie Smith and The Zombies. It’s a slow burn, a dreamy, soulful heartbreaker. It’s also the sound of a former enfant terrible showing off a mellowed sophistication. In fact, in that moment, that goes for McClaren, Tarantino and main character The Bride. The blues-y beauty captures the hardship of life, but also the reward, a sentiment that goes against the against the punk and new wave ethos that shaped both artists.