Holy Man

Album: Pacific Ocean Blue 30th Anniversary Edition (2008)
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  • This was not included on the original Pacific Ocean Blue album as neither Wilson nor co-writer and producer Gregg Jakobson could come up with a lyric. However two versions appear on the 2008 30th anniversary edition, one an instrumental and the other sung by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who also supplied the lyrics. Jakobson explained to Mojo magazine July 2008: "Any song with that title is likely to be contrived or clichéd, and we could never come up with a lyric. But Taylor, who's a big Dennis fan, did a great lyric and vocal, he has that same whisky-smoker-gravelly voice as Dennis. If you're a purist, yes it's strange, but music doesn't work like that, and nor does life. All Dennis's music was collaborations, like his brothers who'd come in and sing to someone he'd grabbed off the street to sing or play. If Dennis was still here, he'd love Holy Man. I don't like the word 'tribute' but to me Holy Man is a tribute to Dennis."


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