This track from ZZ Top's 15th studio album got its initial public airing high above the Earth. NASA astronaut and friend of the band, Michael Fossum, played it en route to the International Space Station abroad the Russian Soyuz craft. "We figured it'd be the perfect song to pass along to the astronauts," guitarist Billy Gibbons told Mojo magazine.
Gibbons and bass player Dusty Hill are renowned for their chest-length beards, and another famous bearded figure was involved in the production of this song along with the rest of the album: Rick Rubin. "The thing about Rick is he pushes the artists to spend time reaching down deeper than they normally would." Gibbons told Mojo.
The song "Sadeness" by Enigma (the one with the chanting monks), got its name from the French novelist Marquis de Sade, who believed sex had to be painful in order to be pleasurable - thus the word "sadism."