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‘We despatched Kate Bush a thanks letter’: how Utah Saints made One thing Good

Tim Garbutt, DJ/producer

Jez [Willis] and I met in Harrogate in a membership known as The Combine. I DJ’d home on Friday, and he performed funk and disco on the Saturday. One night time, Jez introduced a tough copy of What Can You Do for Me on cassette. I performed it and the place went mad, so we started working collectively.

As with all Utah Saints tracks, the tune for One thing Good was written earlier than we selected any samples. It’s typically simpler to construct tracks the opposite approach round, however our back-to-front technique meant any borrowings had been utilized in a distinct context moderately than taking another person’s creativity, and making it the essence of our observe.

For One thing Good we recycled a line from Kate Bush’s 1985 hit Cloudbusting. We’re tremendous honoured that we’re the one act she has formally cleared a pattern for and we hope it’s as a result of we created one thing new out of her singing. We used it in a approach in order that One thing Good stood up as a tune in its personal proper. We nonetheless see tweets now from individuals who hadn’t realised it was Kate Bush on the observe. She is such an enigma, famous person and an all-round nice particular person. We did ship her a letter to say thanks, however I’m unsure if she ever noticed it.

The tune was made on restricted tools – previous Akai samplers and Atari computer systems – and saved on to floppy disks. It took greater than two weeks of fantastic tuning to make all of it work.

We had been buzzing when the observe was used over the highlights of the ’92 Barcelona Olympics protection by the BBC: you don’t overlook moments like that. Once we carried out it on Prime of the Pops, well being and security powered down my mixer throughout the recording – they had been arrange for a lead guitarist, not a lead DJ, and I needed to work quick to make our efficiency look pure. Fortunately, I used to be spending eight hours a day practising. It was certainly one of six instances the present had us on.

After the primary album we spent lots of time touring, and doing remixes for plenty of totally different acts, from Blondie and the Osmonds to Hawkwind. We had been about to start out recording one other LP, however then bought a name to do the Zooropa stadium reveals with U2, so we went off and did that. After which a lot more reveals after that.

That’s why the hole between our first and second albums was an extended one. Not so long as the hole earlier than our subsequent one, although. We’re engaged on tracks now.

Utah Saints video for One thing Good

Jez Willis, producer/DJ

Tim and I had been DJing since faculty. He was approach cooler, turning into a DMC World DJ finalist when he was 17. He’s nonetheless that good now. We at all times needed to do music full-time, however by no means anticipated hits – we simply tried to make fascinating tunes that we thought had been good.

As a DJ, you consistently take into consideration which tracks work collectively, and that helped when selecting samples. The Kate Bush vocal got here straight off the CD. {Hardware} in 1992 was very fundamental, and getting all the weather to sync was tough. We needed to pitch-bend the primary a part of Kate’s vocal to maintain it in time, which is why it goes “oo-oo-aye”.

We threw the kitchen sink at One thing Good. There was a lot taking place, and Man Hatton, the ace studio engineer mixing it, managed to maintain the whole lot collectively.

Pete Tong was our A&R man on the time, and we had been fortunate to have such a legend in our nook. He would at all times enter one thing actually useful, and was assured in One thing Good being successful – actually, the entire file firm thought it was a No 1, which it might have been if it had come out earlier or later that 12 months, based mostly on how a lot it was promoting [the single got to No 4].

When it was rereleased in 2008 we needed to rebuild the whole lot on the unique observe from scratch, after which ship it to Van She Tech, the remixers in Australia. We then completed it on a laptop computer in our Leeds studio. It nonetheless has the DIY components, and when it turned Radio 1’s most performed observe of that 12 months, we had been actually honoured. Simply as we had been when it was not too long ago voted the final Ministry of Sound observe.

Our music has been used on a lot of soundtracks, the whole lot from Mortal Kombat to FIFA to Ridley Scott’s Raised By Wolves. Not too long ago, Olly Alexander from Years and Years posted a video of him hula-hooping to One thing Good, which was superb. What a legend!

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