This was a brilliant A&R move by the guys at Astralwerks. Put Gavin, Robbie and Scott Hardkiss in a studio with Kool Keith and lets see what happens. Kinda like when Salvador Dali and Alice Cooper collaborated on the First Cylindric Crono-Hologram Portrait of Alice Cooper’s Brain in 1973.
I went to Toys-R-Us and bought some snorkeling goggles and plastic mermaid paraphernalia and we mailed a care package to Kool Keith in LA with some ideas for the song. Then we met up at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco for the recording sessions. Keith arrived with an entourage and brilliantly free formed all the lyrics right there in the studio. Frankly, he couldn’t wait to go check out the local strip bars and eat at Brandi Ho’s Chinese Restaurant.
We were left to piece together the music with the rap and it ended up being a exercise in frustration since it was all in a EMU sampler and the engineer that we employed was confused by what we were trying to do. It ended up sounding like 3 different songs which is kinda cool.