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This is about "Saint Vitus' Dance," which is a nervous disorder called chorea that which causes rapid jerking motions in its victims. Usually affecting children, it is associated with rheumatic fever. In the Middle Ages it's victims prayed to St. Vitus, who was said to have the cure.
Gabriel got the idea from a book about Middle Ages epidemics.
This was the first track on Gabriel's first solo release.
The London Symphony Orchestra plays on this.
Gabriel recorded this in the grandiose style similar to the work he was doing with Genesis before he left on The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.
This was released as the B-side of "Solsbury Hill," Gabriel's first solo single.
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Into the vaults for Bruce Pollock's 1984 conversation with the esteemed Bluesman. Hooker talks about transforming a Tony Bennett classic and why you don't have to be sad and lonely to write The Blues.
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With his X-wife Exene, John fronts the band X and writes their songs.