Tal Bachman on 'She's So High' December 17, 1999

At the risk of sounding immodest, Canadian singer-songwriter Tal Bachman says he's not surprised his first single, the majestically poppy "She's So High," was a Top 20 smash that's still enjoying saturation radio play.

"I thought, 'If this doesn't get on the radio, I'm insane," says Bachman, who recently received his first royalty check for the song a whopping $1,400. "And for months, I was going, 'Am I insane?' because it wasn't getting played very much. So I'm glad it's done really well. I feel a lot better about myself."

The son of Guess Who/Bachman-Turner Overdrive principal Randy Bachman says he's working on material for a second album. But he also feels that it's early in the run for his self-titled debut, and he's anxious to be recognized as something more than the guy who stuck Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, and Aphrodite in the same chorus.

"The only thread on the album is that I just wanted to have a variety of moods," explains Bachman. I didn't want the whole record to be mono-mood or a downer, like a grunge record. And I didn't want it to be a goofy, 12 happy tunes kind of thing, either. The risk you take of trying to spread it out is you get accused of not having any focus. But I thought to myself, 'Say, Led Zeppelin I is kinda great.' Whether you loved them or hated them, it's all there on that first record shrill blues-rock, mystical acoustic tunes, power pop. So I wanted to have an album that's similar to that, a really good first step, an introduction, and then subsequent albums pick up these threads." Gary Graff