tah Saints are a British dance band from Leeds in West Yorkshire. The
music is produced by Jez Willis and Tim Garbutt, who are joined
on-stage by other musicians whenever the band plays live. Utah Saints
were one of the early pioneers of bringing sampling technology into
mainstream dance and pop music, and have also gained a certain
notoriety for the long gap between releases - their follow-up, Two,
came seven years after their debut.
They were described as the first true stadium house band (by Bill Drummond), though their music is difficult to place into one particular genre and they have been compared to Underworld, Fluke, The KLF, and even Ministry or Nine Inch Nails.
They first had chart success with the singles What Can You Do For Me, Something Good and Believe In Me, which they described as their vocal sample trilogy as those singles sampled Gwen Guthrie, Kate Bush and Human League respectively (What Can You Do For Me also features a sample from Eurythmics). Contrary to one rumour, the band were not sued by Kate Bush over the use of a sample from Bush’s track Cloudbusting in the Utah Saints track Something Good, the sample was legally cleared before use. Utah Saints then moved away from vocal samples with singles such as I Want You and I Still Think Of You (Jez Willis providing original vocals on each).