Gunter Glieben Glauchen Globen

It’s okay, I’m not having a stroke.

Three songs for the price of one here, all of which start with the same bit of gibberish German.

a) The source material (as far as I can tell):

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Def Leppard – Rock of Ages

b) The hit, much beloved by many skateboard clutching baggy short wearers, despite the band appearing to be, at the very least, in their late 30s:

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The Offspring – Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)

And just in case you don’t know what I mean when I say they’re in their late 30s, look. There’s a reason they’re hardly in this video, and when they do pop up it’s fleeting glances in soft-focus:

C’mon guys, put some proper pants on.

c) The cool one. I’ve posted this before. I bloody love it. You should too. Play this one L-O-U-D:

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Puffy AmiYumi – Call Me What You Like

That’ll do ya.

More soon.

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The Sample Life (Revisited)

To round off the weekend, there was an interesting, if disappointingly brief, article in The Grauniad the other day, featuring interviews with Mark Moore and Pascal Gabriel entitled “How we made Theme from S-Express” which reminded me quite a lot of a post I wrote over a year ago, featuring all of the songs which were sampled on that song.

And since I’m a firm believer in recycling, as obviously were Moore and Gabriel, I figured I may as well revive it.

So here you go, slightly edited and with all links updated.

“The other day my iPod decided to play me a tune that’s the main sample on a record that I love, and which always gets these old bones moving. Hearing it made me seek out the rest of the oh-so-many samples on said record.

There’s quite a few:

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Alfredo De La Fe – Hot to Trot

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Crystal Grass – Crystal World

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Debbie Harry – Feel the Spin

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Gene Roddenberry – The Star Trek Dream

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Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson – The Bottle

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(Warning: Do not listen to this next one unless you really like a lot of effing and jeffing)

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Karen Finley – Tales Of Taboo

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Laura Olsher – The Martian Monsters

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Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait

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Rose Royce – Is It Love You’re After

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Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs – Oh That’s Good, No That’s Bad

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Stacey Q – Two Of Hearts

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TZ – I Got The Hots For You (Vocal Version)

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Yazoo – Situation

Put ’em altogether, and what have you got?

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S’Express – Overture – Theme From S’Express

You’re welcome. Still sounds as great today as it did back in the day, in my book.

(Disclaimer: blame Wikipedia if any of those are wrong)

More soon.

The Sample Life

Not done one of these for a while, and it occurred to me to revive it when I was thinking about what to post in this week’s “Late Night Stargazing” thread.

It was going to be one of these records. Can you guess which one?

It could’ve been oh-so different for The Beta Band. Following the critically-acclaimed “The 3 E.P.’s” – acclaimed both as individual releases and as the combined album they forged together – and an eponymous album that they freely admitted they hadn’t quite nailed it on, The Beta Band holed up in a studio to give it another crack.

I would imagine you all know the story by now, but just in case you don’t:

The Betas finished their “Hot Shots II” album and pencilled this in for the lead single from it:

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The Beta Band – Squares

Any concerns that they had failed to nail it again were dispersed: “Squares” is magnificent, prime trippy Beta Band gold, sampling as it does, this:

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The Günter Kallmann Choir – Daydream

But there was a problem. For just as they were ready to roll with the release of “Squares”, a previously unheard of act called I Monster released a single which featured exactly the same sample from exactly the same tune. What are the odds of that happening?

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I Monster – Daydream in Blue

The weird thing is, I feel like I’m being unfaithful to The Beta Band by posting that.

“Daydream in Blue” was a smash hit, or so my befuddled memory tells me. I had it in my head that it reached the top of the UK charts, but a little research tells me it only got to No. 20.

But the damage was done. The Beta Band elected to postpone the release of “Squares” for a couple of months, but by then, the British record buying public were all Gunther-ed out, and it failed to make the Top 40.

Still, if you asked me now which I’d rather hear, it’s The Beta Band every time.

More soon.

The Sample Life

The other day my iPod decided to play me a tune that’s the main sample on a record that I love, and which always gets these old bones moving. Hearing it made me seek out the rest of the oh-so-many samples on said record.

There’s quite a few:

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Alfredo De La Fe – Hot to Trot

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Crystal Grass – Crystal World

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Debbie Harry – Feel the Spin

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Gene Roddenberry – The Star Trek Dream

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Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson – The Bottle

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Karen Finley – Tales Of Taboo

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Laura Olsher – The Martian Monsters

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Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait

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Rose Royce – Is It Love You’re After

(in the words of a now discredited and jailed Aussie pervert, “Can you tell what it is yet?”)

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Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs – Oh That’s Good, No That’s Bad

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Stacey Q – Two Of Hearts

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TZ – I Got The Hots For You (Vocal Version)

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Yazoo – Situation

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S’Express – Overture – Theme From S’Express

You’re welcome.

(Disclaimer: blame Wikipedia if any of those are wrong)

More soon.

The Sample Life

Today, one of the most iconic tunes from the world of rap (which is nothing like World of Leather, or World of Twist for that matter):

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N.W.A. – Express Yourself

I’ve owned a copy (on mp3, admittedly) of the original for quite a while now, but knew nothing about the artiste that recorded it, so I did a little research on them for this post, only to find that they used to be Bill Cosby’s touring band, so I decided it’s probably best I don’t say anything else, just in case it happens to be libellous. Besides, I just had what appears to be a perfectly innocent looking drink passed to me and I’m suddenly feeling  little woozy after sipping it…

So, here’s the original record with no further comment:

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Charles Wright and The Watts 103 Street Rhythm Band – Express Yourself

More soon.

Same Title, Different Song

It would, of course, take a very brave artiste to try and cover this one:

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Jimi Hendrix Experience – Purple Haze

So it’s not that much of a surprise that Groove Armada’s song of the same name is just that: a song with the same name.

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Groove Armada – Purple Haze

That’s a thunderingly great bass-line and guitar part, isn’t it?

Glad you agree.

That’s because it’s a sample lifted from this (with the usual deliberate take-down-busting misspelling):

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Qatus Toe – (April) Spring, Summer and Wednesdays

Yes, I really will crowbar them in just about anywhere I can. One of these days, at least one of you will thank me for it.

More soon.