Shake a Fist

Album: Made in the Dark (2008)

Songfacts®:

  • This song came about as a result of vocalist Joe Goddard, taking salvia divinorum, a powerful but legal psychoactive herb, at the Glastonbury Music Festival. Goddard then described the experience to lyricist Alexis Taylor.
  • This samples Todd Rundgren's drawling: "Before we go any further, I'd like to show you all a game I made up. This game is called Sounds of the Studio, and it can be played with any record, including this one - you may be surprised." The sample is Rundgren's intro from side two of his third solo album, Something/Anything? (1972).

    Guitarist Al Doyle explained to Chart Attack that both he and Alexis Taylor are fans of Something/Anything. He recalled: "We didn't know we were both fans until later. When we were soundchecking, I would go to the mic and do that sample and annoy the crap out of everybody in the room."
  • This was originally released in 2007 as a 12" vinyl single.

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