The song originally appeared on the group’s 1991 debut album Blue Lines & features Shara Nelson on lead vocals. It is generally recognized as a pioneering song in the trip hop genre & is one of the group’s most successful singles,
This single was released shortly after the first Gulf War started, and due to increased sensitivities, the band changed their name to “Massive” for a time, which is how they are listed on the single.
The video was directed by David Lynch, who is known for his TV series Twin Peaks and movie Blue Velvet. It features Nelson walking along the sidewalk, indifferent to her surroundings, which include drunks, gangs, and bikers. The verve made a similar video for their song “Bittersweet Symphony.”
The drum track is based on the bells found in the 1975 song “Take Me To The Mardi Gras” by Bob James, who is a Jazz composer known for combining elements of dance, funk and pop. Also sampled by Run-DMC’s & Missy Elliot