Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Nancy Sinatra (1966)
Kill Bill's opening credits brought this Sonny Bono composition to my attention, and I guess it hasn't really left since. The metaphor of childhood games sweeping through time to the end of a love affair is striking, as is Nancy's delivery and that oh-so stark guitar production from Lee Hazlewood. There is a wealth of strong material between those two, and it is ripe for rediscovery. But start with this track, late at night, in the dark comfort of your room. It will haunt you.
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