Rent I Pay

Album: They Want My Soul (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • This They Want My Soul track finds Britt Daniel singing of how the rent we pay for living is life itself. He explains in the song the expression "that's the rent I pay" is something that his brother would say.
  • Daniel knew this would be one of Spoon's most popular tracks. He recalled to Uncut magazine: "When we just got the basic track down on 'Rent I Pay,' we were recording out in the country in upstate New York. At the end of the day we would all pile into our rental van and listen to what we did that day, and we put on 'Rent I Pay,' and I got some shivers. It was hard rock in a way that we hadn't done before. And it crosses your mind – people will like this, because I really like it."
  • Daniel on how the song came together: "I sublet a friend of a friend's apartment who was going away for the summer. But, while I was writing that song, or coming up for the very first demo for it, I was going to program a drum machine or something so I could play along to it. Then I thought, 'Well, I've got this sampler set up right here. It will be easier just to make my own beat and loop it. It will be done quicker.' I mean, it wasn't like a stylized thing and I didn't think I would ever use it. I was just trying to come up with the fastest way I could to have this beat down that I could play along to. Then I realized that it was wild, so I gradually talked Jim (Eno) into letting that be the beat." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica)Songwriter Interviews

The former Metallica bassist talks about his first time writing a song with James Hetfield, and how a hand-me-down iPad has changed his songwriting.

Vanessa CarltonSongwriter Interviews

The "A Thousand Miles" singer on what she thinks of her song being used in White Chicks and how she captured a song from a dream.

Richie Wise (Kiss producer, Dust)Songwriter Interviews

Richie talks about producing the first two Kiss albums, recording "Brother Louie," and the newfound appreciation of his rock band, Dust.

The Truth Is Out There: A History of Alien SongsSong Writing

The trail runs from flying saucer songs in the '50s, through Bowie, blink-182 and Katy Perry.

Music Video Director David HoganSong Writing

David talks about videos he made for Prince, Alabama, Big & Rich, Sheryl Crow, DMB, Melissa Etheridge and Sisters of Mercy.

Gary NumanSongwriter Interviews

An Electronic music pioneer with Asperger's Syndrome. This could be interesting.