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|Promotional single by Pink Floyd from the album The Division Bell|
|Released||12 March 1994
(see release history)
|Format||Promotional single (CD-R)|
(London, United Kingdom)
|Genre||Progressive rock, space rock|
|Length||4:55 (single edit)
6:08 (album version)
5:57 ("Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd" version)
|Writer||David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Polly Samson|
|Producer||Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour|
|Single by Pink Floyd|
|from the album The Division Bell|
|B-side||"One of These Days (Live)"|
|Format||7", 12", CD (Maxi)|
|Pink Floyd singles chronology|
Written by David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Polly Samson, it was sung by Gilmour and also features samples of Stephen Hawking's electronic voice, taken from a BT television advertisement. The song also makes some use of the talk box guitar effect.
The song was the first single to be released from the album in the United States on March 1994. It was the group's third #1 hit on the Album Rock Tracks chart (a chart published by Billboard magazine which measures radio play in the USA, and is not a measure of record sales), staying atop for six weeks.
The song was sampled by Wiz Khalifa on the title track of his 2009 mixtape Burn After Rolling.
It's more of a wish [that all problems can be solved through discussion, as 'Keep Talking' suggests] than a belief. [laughs]
—David Gilmour, 1994
Well, I guess I experiment more than I think I do. I had a Zoom [effects box] in my control room one day and I was mucking about with something. Suddenly, I thought I should stick the E-bow on the strings and see what would happen. It sounded great, so we started writing a little duet for the E-bowed acoustic guitar [a Gibson J-200] and a keyboard. We never finished the piece, but Jon Carin [keyboardist] decided to sample the E-bowed guitar part. We kept the sample and ended up using it as a loop on "Take It Back", and again on "Keep Talking".
—David Gilmour, 1994
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||26|
|US Billboard Album Rock Tracks||1|
|United States||March 12, 1994||CD-R (Modern rock/Alternative radio)||Columbia Records||CSK 6228|
|United Kingdom||March 28, 1994||CD-R (Contemporary hit radio, BBC Radio 1 rotation)||EMI||PINK 1|
|October 10, 1994||CDEMDJ 342|
- (liner notes from Echoes)
- "Echoes: the album credits". Pink Floyd. Archived from the original on 2 June 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
- "Sounds of Silence" interview, Guitar World, September 1994, retrieved 28 July 2010
- "Pink Floyd" UK Singles Chart.
- "Artist Chart History (Singles) – Pink Floyd". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 July 2007.
- "US CD Singles". Pink Floyd Discography Archive. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- "Pink Floyd". VintageCD. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
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