Former Pretenders drummer James Hood and Grant Showbiz (who later produced the Smiths and Billy Bragg) formed Moodswings in 1989. Moodswings is electronic, chill, semi-ambient, kick back and relax music. All the songs on their albums basically blend together and make for a very satisfying listen. Their first release, Moodfood, was released in 1992. Tracks 8, 9 and 10 are the “Spiritual High” trio (parts 1, 2 and 3). Chrissie Hynde was recruited to sing Part 2 (State of Independence). Part 3 features an excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. I’ve always found the King excerpt quite poignant and powerful. It really fits well into the song.
Moodswings w/ Chrissie Hynde:
Spiritual High (Pts. 1, 2, 3) (mp3) | from Moodfood (1992)
Spiritual High, Part 1
Spiritual High (State of Independence), Part 2
Spiritual High, Part 3
- Head over to Moistworks to download an mp3 of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech from August 28, 1963.
- I found video of the speech here at Brad Blog.