The Utah Saints are Tim Garbutt and Jez Willis, a techno
duo from the UK
) that achieved a bit of success in the early 1990's with the single "What Can You Do For Me?" which sampled The Eurythmics
' "There Must Be An Angel Playing With My Heart". They experienced similar success with the track "Something Good", which included a potent Kate Bush
sample from her song, "Cloudbusting". They released a self-titled debut album that bound high energy dance music to rock and roll sensibilities. They produced a varied and interesting freshman release that evoked Motorhead
on the one hand, and Philip Glass
on the other. Interestingly enough, the whole of the album was produced digitally, using no tape whatsoever. This seems like little great achievement today, but keep in mind that Utah Saints was produced in 1991. The Utah Saints had a major role in the early development of techno and rave music, standing apart from bands like Bizarre, Inc.
, and producing new, innovative music. They can count the KLF
and The Shamen
as their contemporaries.
The Utah Saints didn't intentionally name themselves to evoke feelings of the Mormons
, rather, they were fond of a quote from the Coen Brothers
movie Raising Arizona
"maybe it was Utah"
Not quite sure as to where the Saints bit came from.
BTW, Michael Stipe
is a known and professed fan of the band.
They have since released the Something Good EP, and the full-length album Two
was released in October, 2000.
Two features tracks co-written by Michael Stipe, and contains samples from The Pretenders
and Iggy Pop
. Paul Oakenfold
has raved about this album and the group's performance.
And yes, they remixed the Mortal Kombat
theme, and are having been working as DJ's, musicians, and remixers ever since.