Sam Smith recently revealed a secret trick to his vocal performance on “Writing’s on the Wall,” the theme song to new James Bond film Spectre. “It’s just so high. I have to grab my balls,” he said on The Graham Norton show on Friday night.
Smith appeared on the show with the film’s stars to perform “Writing’s on the Wall” live for the first time and he wasn’t totally excited about it.
“I’m dreading it, i’m absolutely dreading it,” he told Norton before the performance. “I’ve only sang the song once really. I did the demo in the studio, and they used that. It is horrible to sing. Horrible. I regret — no, I don’t regret it… It’s just so high. I have to grab my balls, it’s awful.”
Smith didn’t actually have to grab his crotch to sing “Writing’s on the Wall” live, of course. But even if he didn’t have to alter his — ahem — posture, he did say, however, that he had to alter his writing style a bit to fit the Bond character. He told Norton that was “because lyrically i’m quite a vulnerable writer, I am quite an emotional writer and James Bond is quite a strong character.”
Watch the interview here, followed by the performance below: