‘I would have just lost it’ - Sharleen Spiteri explains emotional tale behind song on new Texas album

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27 Mar 2024, 14:26

Sharleen Spiteri speaks to Chris Evans at Virgin Radio

Texas have teamed up with American musician Spooner Oldham for a new record, and Sharleen Spiteri visited Virgin Radio to talk all about it.

Texas and Spooner Oldham: The Muscle Shoals Sessions is out on Friday 29th March and features stripped back versions of 12 of the Scottish band’s hits, and two cover versions.

Joining the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar, Shalene said: “We went to Alabama, to Muscle Shoals, to the famous Fame Studios to record with the amazing Spooner Oldham. He's a wonderful musician. He played on the first four Aretha Franklin records, he played on When a Man Loves a Woman at the age of 14, the organ on that. He’s played on Liberace records. It's insane. And he's the most humble, beautiful human being you'll ever meet.”

She added: “Last year, we had the Best Of, and basically we've released a Best Of on a Best Of. I don't think anyone's done that before.” 

Explaining the vibe of the album, she said: “Halo, as a song, sounded a certain way, very rocky as a record, but this shows the gospel. So when we write songs, this is how we hear them because they’re this raw, but suddenly you hear every single word and every little breath, and me finding my way round Spooner and Spooner finding his way around me.

“Maybe people are going to see a different side of Texas.”

One of the covers that appears on the album is Save the Last Dance. When the Scottish singer spoke about the meaning behind the song, it caused her to feel all the emotions. She told Chris that Spooner said to her: “‘You know, one of the guys that wrote the song, he was in a wheelchair.’”

She continued: “And he wrote this song for his wife, because he was at a wedding and she was dancing another man, and he said, no go and dance, and she was dancing with another man, but he always knew…” Sharleen paused to compose herself, before continuing: “Literally, it was like he knew that he'd always have the last dance with her. It’s so sad isn’t it?”

She added: “You know when someone tells you a really beautiful story? I said to Spooner, ‘Thank God you never told me that before I sang it, I would have just lost it!’”

Talking further about stripping back the much-loved Texas sound for the new record, Sharleen told Chris: “You start from here, and then put all that stuff on it, you put the fairy dust on it. But in a weird way, we've gone the opposite way. So we've basically deconstructed everything and we're like, ‘Okay, well we're showing you the essence of what this fairy dust is.’

“People go ‘How did you prepare for this record?’ The honest truth was as we walked into the studio that day, and Spooner sat on the piano, and I sat on the piano stool beside him and tapped out the time and on his leg, literally.”

Texas & Spooner Oldham: The Muscle Shoals Sessions is out Friday 29th March. For tickets to the UK tour In September visit tix.to/Texas.

For more great interviews listen to The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar weekdays from 6:30am on Virgin Radio, or catch up on-demand here.