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The lead singer and pianist for Procol Harum, Gary talks about finding the musical ideas to match the words. Toggle navigation Welcome Guest. It wasn't a hit, but attracted lots of cover versions, including by Syl Johnson in , Foghat in and Brian Ferry in The song is about a baptism, a topic that jelled with Al Green, who later became an ordained minister.
You wouldn't think a New York City-based art-rock band could pull off a gospel-tinged song by a Southern soul singer, but Talking Heads kept the spiritual feel of the song while putting their own spin on it - lead singer David Byrne doesn't sound like a traditional vocalist and could inhabit a character quite believably. A key element that set Talking Heads' version of this song apart from the other covers is the tempo.
They had been playing the song live for a while and had a good feel for it when they entered the studio, but when they recorded it, they played it as slowly as they could without losing the groove. This gave the song a seductive feel that set it apart. It earned them a spot on American Bandstand , getting them on national TV for the first time. The group didn't strive for hits and didn't rack up huge sales numbers, but they pushed musical boundaries throughout their career to end up with a very impressive discography that landed them in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Brian Eno, known for his work in Roxy Music, produced this track.
Eno was very conceptual and artistic, which was a great fit for the Talking Heads, whose members David Byrne, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz all were art students.
Eno ended up working on the next two Talking Heads albums and also collaborated with Byrne on the album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. The studio was set up by Island Records owner Chris Blackwell, who cut the Talking Heads a deal because he needed to get some big acts in there to establish it. According to Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz, Blackwell ringed the perimeter of the grounds with chicken blood to keep evil spirits away. This voodoo worked: The band had a great experience at Compass Point and recorded their next two albums there.
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