Urge Overkill is an American alternative rock band consisting of Nash Kato (vocals/guitar), and Eddie "King" Roeser (vocals/guitar/bass guitar). Their cover of Neil Diamond's song "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" appeared prominently in the movie Pulp Fiction, and became a hit in 1994. Their first album since 1995, Rock & Roll Submarine, was released in May 2011.
Kato and Roeser formed Urge Overkill in Chicago, with drummer Pat Byrne, and released an EP, Strange, I..., on Ruthless Records. A full length album, Jesus Urge Superstar, followed with Kriss Bataille taking over the drums. These two releases showcased a noise-rock sound common to other Chicago acts of the period.
Their next effort, Americruiser, was widely praised, and scored a college radio hit with the lead-off track, "Ticket To LA." Watt returned to Baron Lesh and was replaced by Blackie Onassis on the next album The Supersonic Storybook, released in 1991.
After opening for Nirvana on the American Nevermind tour and Pearl Jam on the Vs. Tour, Urge Overkill returned to the studio to record another EP, Stull, in 1992 which featured the tracks, "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" and "Goodbye to Guyville." Urge Overkill's major-label debut, Saturation received strong reviews upon release in 1993. However, the singles "Sister Havana" and "Positive Bleeding" received only limited airplay.
In 1993, the band contributed the track "Take A Walk" to the AIDS-Benefit Album No Alternative produced by the Red Hot Organization. As the band recorded a follow-up album, cult filmmaker Quentin Tarantino used the group's cover version of the Neil Diamond song, "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon," in his 1994 movie Pulp Fiction. When the movie became a hit, the song made it to the Top 50 on the Billboard Top 100. Urge Overkill retained their sound for their next album, Exit the Dragon, released in 1995. The first single "The Break" flopped, and the following tour ended earlier than planned.
After a break of several years, Kato and Roeser reformed Urge Overkill without Onassis, recruiting former Gaza Strippers guitarist Mike "Hadji" Hodgkiss, to play bass, keyboardist Chris Frantisak, and drummer Nate Arling, who was later replaced by Brian "Bonn" Quast from Cherry Valence. In 2004, the reformed Urge Overkill performed shows and toured through Europe, North America, and Australia.
The first new Urge Overkill song, called "Effigy", in 15 years was played on American radio. Rock & Roll Submarine, their first new material in sixteen years, was released and a subsequent 2011 tour followed. Urge Overkill opened for Weezer at the 'Red Bull Riot Fest' at the historic Congress Theater in Chicago, IL.