Labi Siffre - “I Got The.” Amazing song, by an amazing artist. Listen to the sample at 2:32. You should be able to identify it immediately. You have to give Dr. Dre credit for finding this gem. It is a shame more people don’t know of Labi Siffre.
A great song by Herb Alpert that has all been forgotten. At 3:23 you will hear the a famous sample. Notorious BIG used it in his song “Hypnotize.”
Probably the best cover of the Doobie Brothers “What a Fool Believes.” If it sounds different, it is because Self performs the song only using kids toys. Yes, the same ones you would buy at Target.
We are getting obscure, but this is what it is all about. This is a Roy Budd composition from an Italian film, Colpo Da Un Miliardo Di Dollari (1976). Listen to the break beat at about 2:42. Does anyone know if this has been sampled?
I am not the biggest Henry Mancini fan, but The Cop Show Themes album is amazing. Just look at the album cover. This is the theme song from the show Police Woman, which ran before I was born (1974-78). A number of hip hop artists sampled from this. Listen to the break beats. I tip my hat to those that went crate digging and found this gem.
Isn’t this a Coolio song? You remember—from that Michelle Pfeiffer movie—Dangerous Minds (1995).
Unfortunately, not as many people know it as Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise.” You can find this track on Songs In the Key of Life.
Would you $40 for Captain Beefheart’s Safe as Milk?
What record is Louis holding?
Answer: Herb Alpert’s “Whipped Cream and Other Delights.” You can pick this up at most antique stores for a dollar.
Bonus points: What song is playing in the background?
Answer: Smog’s “Cold Blooded Old Times”
Who on earth is Edwin Birdsong? More than likely you have heard his music before. Here is the definition of a chain sample: Edwin Birdsong—> Daft Punk —> Kanye West
What a great album cover. Les Baxter is up there with Martin Denny in terms of kitsch lounge music. Search your local record store for this one.
On occasion, you should listen to music that makes you stop and say “what the hell is this?” Well…here is your chance. Almost any cover song done with a Moog Synthesizer will usually do the trick, but nothing can beat a song that is totally wrong for the Moog, like James Brown’s “Give it Up or Turn it Loose.”
I suggest that if you have a record store in your city that you pick up The Age of Electronicus by Dick Hyman. Moog + James Brown = Level 3 Hipster