Tomoyasu Hotei – Precious Deal


January 22, 2013 by Thomas Pluck

The song stuck in my head this week is “Precious Deal” by Tomoyasu Hotei. Most famous for the “Battle Without Honor or Humanity” theme from Kill Bill, he is a Japanese rock musician whose work spans many genres. Bombastic like O-ren Ishi’s theme song, more typical hard-edged rock like the song above, and my favorite cover of “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin (which he did before Trent Reznor essentially copied it for the opening credits of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake).

electric samurai

Hotei is also an actor, and plays a role in one of my favorite revisionist samurai flicks, Samurai Fiction. Well worth a rental.

A great introduction to his music is the album Electric Samurai, a little play on Marc Bolan’s Electric Warrior album. It has the song from Kill Bill and Immigrant Song. Precious Deal, with its infectious riff, is on another album.



2 thoughts on “Tomoyasu Hotei – Precious Deal

  1. Patti Abbott says:

    It’s already sticking in my head even though it’s the first time I’ve heard it. I wonder why some music does that.

  2. Thomas Pluck says:

    I bet there’s some science to it. But this one’s got it.

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