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Happy Music Monday! You know all those songs you love? The ones built around some amazing loop? Well, today we're taking a good, hard, long look at their family tree. Today Scott's picking five songs that you might know better from what they became rather than what they actually were. Get the idea? If not, here's your first hint:

Liquid Liquid - Cavern


Maybe, for a very brief moment, the opening notes of this song weren't associated with Grandmaster Flash. Today, however, that moment is passed. Just like Trent Reznor's Hurt is now a Johnny Cash song, so has Cavern become a hip hop song. Such is life.

Got the idea now? Great! Because we're really going to need your help in the comments. After the jump, four more songs and last week's Spotify playlist and then it'll be YOUR chance to talk about your favorite sample and what it became. See you after the jump…

As always, remember our new Spotify playlist will be featuring a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is Movie Themes That Rawk and we're pretty sure it does, in fact, rawk. But before you get all cinematic, check out our current Music Monday … NOW!

George Clinton - Atomic Dog


Before Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg stepped up with the g-funk style, the torch was carried by P-Funk's George Clinton. In fact, without George Clinton, '90s hip hop would just be some guys talking about fights and drugs. Take your bow, Dr. Funkenstein. Even if you're sometimes forgotten.

Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express


Another artist somewhat influenced by George Clinton was Afrika Bambaataa, who also picked up some help from this Kraftwerk hit along the way (enough that Bambaaataa's label apparently made an out-of-court settlement to avoid a nasty trial!) But without Planet Rock, synth rock might have been something for music majors and college kids, and just as pretty much everyone who's ever picked up a keyboard now owes a debt to this song right here, so to does Kraftwerk owe a debt to Afrika Bambaataa.

Incredible Bongo Band - Apache


For people who grew up in the 80's, the Sugarhill Gang made the best party music. Even by today's standard, those beats are still pretty good. But credit doesn't go to the party people rapping and hooting. Those beats belong to some bongo lovers from the 1970s. And since one of them was an executive at MGM records, you can be pretty sure he got his cut from this hip hop hit.

Jimmy Castor Bunch - Troglodyte


"What we're gonna do right here is go back … way back …" As I mentioned before in my previous tribute to the late, great Jimmy Castor all sorts of people have lifted from his amazing sound. This particular sample was used well by very NSFW N.W.A. but it's come up in other places as well. And with good reason. The man had talent to spare.

Okay, there's Scott's five. Now how about some samples from YOU? Tell us the song we know best, and the song that it sampled. Then run over to our Turntable.fm room for the regular Music Monday enjoyment. Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use.

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quality posts: 83 Private Messages CatCK

I don't think this is what you're looking for, but what comes to mind for me is "Take Me Home Tonight"/"Be My Baby". I remember reading an interview with Eddie Money where he said that his song was nothing until they brought in Ronnie Spector. And, this song revitalized her career a bit.


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CatCK wrote:I don't think this is what you're looking for, but what comes to mind for me is "Take Me Home Tonight"/"Be My Baby".

You know what? When I was young, I'd heard the Eddie Money song but I had no idea what the "just like Ronnie said" lyric was referencing, and it wasn't until later that I learned she was just singing her hit on his hit. So I think that's a perfectly good example.

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quality posts: 716 Private Messages CowboyDann

Brilliant topic Scott! I love the ones that force you to think a while before submitting.

Here is one I just recently discovered with the passing of Adam Yauch. I never knew this was sampled from something until about a year ago. In case you still need help figuring out what song I'm talking about.


quality posts: 26 Private Messages tjamil

Sidebar: In addition to Sugarhill Gang, many other acts sampled the Bongo Band's version of Apache, including MC Hammer in "Turn this Mutha Out"

Original topic:

Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice and Under Pressure by Queen feat. David Bowie


quality posts: 54 Private Messages Moueska

I am ashamed to admit that my brother played Ozzy's "Crazy Train" in 2004 while giving me a lift somewhere, and I asked him if it was a remix. The song that borrowed it, "Let's Go" by Trick Daddy, I ended up having to google because it was so forgettable.

Additionally, "Ice, Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice severely sampled Bowie's "Under Pressure". It went south, Bowie & co sued V. Ice, and he pursued a career of construction work, etc.



Okay, one more, then.

Will Smith -
sampled and remixed the chorus from
Patrice Rushen's "Forget Me Nots"
for the
MIB theme song.

:D Yes, I went there.


quality posts: 68 Private Messages LarryLars

♫ Listen to the bass/guitar riff which runs through the song, and whadaya hear?
In other words, the Ghostbusters theme "borrowed" the riff from the Huey Lewis tune. Years later, it was revealed that Lewis received $$ in an out of court settlement.

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quality posts: 1 Private Messages ddispensa

Listening to Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express, I was hearing the end of the Airwolf theme everytime they did a build up. Probably coincidence of building up in the same key.