General Public recorded this in 1994 for the movie Threesome
. In a Songfacts interview with Dave Wakeling
from the band, he told the story: "This guy I knew who put songs in movies, he was just starting at it, but he ended up becoming very big at it and very successful. And he said that he'd got this movie called Threesome
that he was looking for music for, and they wanted kind of suggestive songs to go with this soundtrack. He'd got a big long list of songs that we'd thought up, and he actually first approached me, 'Would you like to do 'Stuck In The Middle With You
,' and I was like, 'No. Thanks for the thought. No.'
I noticed 'I'll Take You There' was on that list. And 'I'll Take You There' had always appealed to me as a song, because there was a Harry J & the Allstars instrumental called 'Liquidator' about an assassin. And it's the bass line to 'I'll Take You There.' In fact, it came out in Jamaica and in England two years before 'I'll Take You There' came out in America. And 'I'll Take You There' is, for all intents and purposes, just the 'Liquidator' with lyrics on the top. And so I thought that would be good, we could do a version of 'I'll Take You There' for this movie, and we could try and knock as many pieces of the original 'Liquidator' back into the tune and see if anybody dared say anything. And of course because it had been a dirty secret for 30 years, nobody dared mention it now. Even when we said, 'Well, actually, there's a lot of this song 'Liquidator' in there, should we mention that in the publishing?' 'Nonono, just leave it.' And we did. And it went to like #1 on the dance chart, so that was it."