General Info

That Guy

Tuesday 16 August 2011, by Cécile Desbrun

written by Tori Amos

Bösendorfer Piano & Vocals - Tori Amos
Drums - Matt Chamberlain
Bass - Jon Evans
Guitar - Mac Aladdin
Synths - John Philip Shenale
Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by John Philip Shenale

String players:

Violin - Ed Bale, Matthew Elston, Fiona McNaught & Kate Robinson
Viola - Holly Butler & James Hogg
Cello - Rosemary Banks & Caroline Dale

With its theatrical vocals and its broad orchestra, "That Guy" sounds pretty much like a Broadway tune from a musical. In an interview for Popdose in July 2009, Tori acknowledged this and confirmed that writing a stage musical in parallel to the album had an huge influence on the track. "Absolutely! I think ’That Guy’ was very much inspired by the musical process, without question – to the point where ’That Guy’ might end up in the musical [it didn’t happen, though], because I can’t say that the song wasn’t influenced by writing the musical."

"And I’m still in the process of writing the musical. Certain songs have come out of that. Just because it ended up on the record doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be in the musical as well. There isn’t a segregation between the work that I’ve been doing for the last couple years and writing the musical, because they go hand-in-hand and they’re being written together."