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|Promotional single by Pink Floyd from the album The Division Bell|
|Released||12 March 1994|
|Genre||Progressive rock, space rock|
|Length||4:55 (single edit)
6:08 (album version)
Columbia Records (US)
|The Division Bell track listing|
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 included on the 2001 compilation, Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd.
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
- David Gilmour – guitar, lead vocals, talk box
- Richard Wright – Hammond organ and synthesizer
- Nick Mason – drums and percussion
- Tim Renwick – rhythm guitars
- Gary Wallis – percussion
- Jon Carin – Programming and additional keyboards
- Guy Pratt – bass
- Bob Ezrin – arrangement, percussion
- Sam Brown, Durga McBroom, Carol Kenyon, Claudia Fontaine (backing vocals on Pulse) – backing vocals
- #1 (US Mainstream Rock)
- #26 (UK)
- (liner notes from Echoes)
- "Sounds of Silence" interview, Guitar World, September 1994, retrieved 28 July 2010
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