Mongrel Heart (4:23)

Cover of Broken Bells

From Broken Bells and 1 other release

BLOCK: You know, there’s one moment in particular I wanted to ask you about on the song “Mongrel Heart.”

(Soundbite of song, “Mongrel Heart”)

BLOCK: I think you know where I’m going here. I’m thinking I’m watching a spaghetti Western right now.

Mr. MERCER: Sure.

Mr. BURTON: Right.

Mr. MERCER: Showdown.

BLOCK: Yeah?

Mr. BURTON: Yeah, I mean, that’s a big influence of mine, musically. I think it is with James, too, and “Mongrel Heart” was a huge adventure of a song for us. It was in the middle of the recording process, and I think we spent a week, almost, on it.

The horn is what really puts it over the top, you know, and when the horn comes in…

BLOCK: It’s just right there.

Mr. BURTON: You might as well, you know, really. It’s not like we’re trying to hide that it’s this Morricone feel to it. I would hate to have not had it on there and then been, like, oh, but you’ve got to hear the version that had the horn on it. It was just over the top and crazy. So we just left it.

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