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Faithless: how we made Insomnia

‘MTV forced us to change the first line. It was originally: I only smoke weed when I need to’
‘An abscess on my tooth was keeping me awake’ … Faithless in 1996: Jamie Catto, Rollo Armstrong, Maxi Jazz and Sister Bliss. Photograph: Hayley Madden/Rex/Shutterstock

Sister Bliss, keyboards, songwriter

We wrote Insomnia in a garden shed, since that was where our producer Rollo Armstrong had his studio. Being in there all day and then DJ-ing all night was like having permanent jetlag. So I came up with the title Insomnia because I couldn’t get to sleep. Rollo didn’t really play an instrument. He has a condition called where you see music as colours, so he’d just

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