A few weeks back, Coldplay was in the news for yet again ‘borrowing’ some one else’s music for a song. This time though, they were honest about it and even secured the rights to do so. Their song Every Teardrop is a Waterfall takes its opening from Peter Allen’s song I go to Rio (1977). […]
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Last week I discussed The Power (1990) by Snap!. Among others it samples The King of Beats (1988) by Mantronix. Silly, cause the whole track by Mantronix is a collection of various (now famous and over-used) samples such as (among others) Kool & the Gang’s Jungle Jazz (1975), the Amen-break and Pleasure’s Celebrate the Good […]
Last week I discussed Love’s Gonna Get You by Jocelyn Brown from 1985. One of the most famous tracks that sampled it is The Power from 1991 by Snap!. The song however is surrounded by controversy. First of all there’s the obvious use of Jocelyn Brown’s vocals. Jocelyn Brown’s sample was used without permission or […]
A while back I was going to do a post about this, but there were so many links to other songs, I had to split it in three parts. Today part 1. In 1985 Jocelyn Brown released Love’s Gonna Get You, after being the backup singer for many other artists. The single itself went to […]
Jim Morrison in 1970: “One person with a lot of machines, tapes and electronics” I could say he was talking about me, but really he’s talking about a LOT of people who make music these days. Like this? Buy me a drink!
Yet another pointless controversy surrounding Lady Gaga. You can say a lot about her, but her listing on WhoSampled.com is relatively modest compared to other artists. Still, Dutch punk band The Heideroosjes took note on their website after a fan pointed out that the intro to their song We All Share The Same Sun from […]
Stadiums? Concert Halls? No, you don’t need a whole lot of space to play one of the most epic songs in history. A car is just big enough: Porkka Playboys – Bohemian Rhapsody Like this? Buy me a drink!
Last week there was some controversy concerning Eminem and sampling. While you expect the rap artist was being sued for lifting a sample and using it in his own song, it’s actually the other way round. He got cloned. In 2002 Eminem released the song Lose Yourself as part of the soundtrack from the film […]
Going to do an easy one this week, since I got lost in a swamp of sample connections yesterday. In 1991 Massive Attack was temporarily named just ‘Massive‘ due to the outbreak of the Gulf War. Under that name they released Unfinished Sympathy. While a lot of the budget of the album went into the […]
Sampling often leads to lawsuits and thus controversies. Usually it’s an open-and-shut case (for the court any how) when some sampled a bit of music directly and they didn’t get permission to use it from the owners of the rights to the original (which mind you isn’t necessarily the person performing the song or even […]