Which Reminds Me…

Late last night I posted a thing about Primal Scream, which mentioned “Loaded”, the first single to be lifted from their ground-breaking/seminal/pretty bloody spectacular album “Screamadelica”.

“Loaded”, of course starts with a sample of Peter Fonda, taken from Roger Corman’s 1966 biker movie “The Wild Angels” (released three years before the much better known “Easy Rider”, from which many mistakenly think the sample originates):

We wanna be free, we wanna be free to do what we wanna do
And we wanna get loaded and we wanna have a good time
And, that’s what we’re gonna do, (no way, baby, let’s go!)
We’re gonna have a good time, we’re gonna have a party,” Our Pete says on the sample.

Actually, if we’re being strictly accurate, what he actually says in the film is:

When Primal Scream released “Loaded” in 1990, many were surprised by the change in direction, by the use of samples, loops and other electro-trickery more often associated with dance music, and of course, we have the likes of Andrew Weatherall and Terry Farley to thank for this.

But The Scream weren’t the first band to use this sample.

Here, from 1988, is a band who you equally wouldn’t expect to be found using samples, let alone the very same one which resurfaced two years later. For here are Sub-Pop grunge godfathers Mudhoney:

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Mudhoney – In ‘n’ Out Of Grace

And if that doesn’t wake you up on a grey Tuesday morning, nothing will.

More soon.

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Mummy’s Brave Little Soldier

Hello. Been a bit quiet around here lately, hasn’t it?

Sorry about that, been a bit under the weather all week. I’ll not bore you with the details, but last weekend I got struck down by what some might call flu, others might rather disparagingly call Man Flu, but which I’m going to call a really heavy cold (mostly to neatly side-step any unkind messages advising me to man up).

I battled on with normal life, spending the last week alternating between sitting at my desk at work, coughing with a veracity and vibrato that knocks Storm Doris’ efforts into a cocked hat, and my bed, pausing only to quaff a Lemsip or a Hot Toddy or two along the way. Frankly, sitting down and writing stuff here fell off my list of priorities.

Anyway, although I’m still not feeling 100%, hopefully normal service – and yes, that includes The Chain – will now be resumed.

In the meantime, allow me to wheel out one of my catchphrases. These records seem appropriate:

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Mudhoney – Touch Me, I’m Sick

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The Smiths – Still Ill

(I’ve always loved the harmonica part on that version.)

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Gene – Fighting Fit

More soon. No, really.