Producer Scott Litt recalled to Mojo
: "I kinda stole the hand claps and finger snaps from 'Under Pressure
.' And Michael (Stipe) pulled a kind of John Lennon move, like how Lennon would ask for his vocal to sound like he was on the moon? Michael said he wanted to sound completely detached, like in another place. So we rigged up a Sony Walkman that would record directly to tape. So you get that weird compressed sound, and Michael actually recorded it in a garage at Prince's Paisley Park Studio in Minneapolis, which was where we mixed Out of Time
"Sometimes when a musician says to you they want something to sound like it's from another place, sometimes the best thing to do is record it in another place."