Camila Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly’s No. 4 Hot 100 smash “Bad Things” interpolates “Out of My Head,” a 1999 No. 20 hit by Austin alt-rock trio Fastball. The band’s singer-songwriter Tony Scalzo reflects on the song’s second life and his group’s fate as a “minor long-term act.” Fastball will release Step Into Light later in 2017.
Have there been other covers or songs sampling “Out of My Head”?
It has never come across the table. But this beats the crap out of some commercial.
Were you familiar with Cabello or Fifth Harmony?
I got to say, no.
What do you think of the song?
It’s super youth-oriented. They rewrote a lot of the words and changed the meaning around, and that’s really innovative and awesome.
What was the inspiration behind the original?
I was walking around my apartment, strumming on the guitar, trying to do a slower ballad. I started feeling like it was an Elvis Costello thing. I was trying to get the voice real low and up close to the mic.
Did you have a feeling it was going to be a hit?
No, because by the time we went in to record [1998’s] All the Pain Money Can Buy, we thought we might soon be dropped by our label. It was hard for us to achieve the focus that you need to really be a major long-term act. We’ve been a minor long-term act. We’re the same dudes that started it back in ’94.