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Album: Hot Thoughts (2017)

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  • This song was a result of a happy accident when a saxophonist misunderstood what part of the song Britt Daniel wanted him to play. Daniel recalled to NME:

    "There was a song I was working on that was fairly long, and I thought maybe it would be cool to put a saxophone intro on the song, as a way to change the mood. So I had a guy come over and I set up the microphone in front of him and I played him the song, he listened to it just once and said 'OK, I got it' and played through the entire track instead of just the beginning. Then he said, 'Give me another track' and he played through the whole song again, this time harmonising and playing in time and in rhythm with it all. It was pretty remarkable; the guy is clearly talented.

    Once he left, I listened to just the saxophones and I was like, 'This is incredible, this is so much better than the thing I was working on before.' So I mostly just threw out the original song, and figured if we can make a song just from these saxophones, that would be something we have never done before. I feel like we pulled it off."

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