Setting a musical quiz was a mixed experience. I enjoyed making it up, then worried that it was too obscure. The first response proved me wrong, however, scoring hits on six out of the eight samples. Sadly, that was the first and last serious attempt! Sure, I forgot the [dot] in my e-mail address, but I corrected that within a few hours.
Pretty poor showing, then.
Never mind. As I said, I enjoyed making the quiz.
Here are the answers:
The original above is Chase the Devil by Max Romeo & the Upsetters, produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry.
I blogged about this track almost two years ago, and it is still one of the biggest search hits that lead to this blog.
The best known sample is probably Prodigy’s Out of Space, but I much prefer the version below: Lucifer by Jay-Z, produced by Kanye West.
The original is My Conversation by The Uniques, a group formed and produced by Bunny Lee. The lead vocal is by Slim Smith, one of the great voices of early reggae.
The sample is nicely used in Ludi by Dream Warriors, a Canadian duo of Jamaican heritage. They scored big with My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style; otherwise they didn’t make much impression outside of Canada and the UK.[audio:Sample2b.mp3]
Another gem from the crates: Is it because I am black? by veteran Ken Boothe, O.D. (Order of Distinction), who still performs in Kingston. This is a fine example of reggae meets soul.
Dr Dave was correct in his answer that I was thinking about Ali G’s joke, “Is it cos I is black?”
Faithless beefed up the sample in their track, Fatty Boo.
Yet another grand old man of Jamaican music, Burning Spear, featured in this track with a much more modern, trippy dub style. The track is Civilize Reggae.
Showing how to mix musical styles with err … style, The Orb slipped the sample into one of their early tracks, U.F.Orb.
Trust me, you don’t need to hear more than the thirty seconds I gave you.
However, those few seconds are enough to make me misty eyed, not because of Richard Harris’ voice, but because of the track that sampled it: Dreamy Days by Roots Manuva. I don’t know why … there’s something so melancholy about the line, “We’re gonna have fun and lots of laughter.”
Once you’ve heard that bassline, you’ll never forget it: Cargo culte by Serge Gainsbourg, from his best album, Histoire de Melody Nelson, an epic story involving a Rolls Royce, a teenage seduction and the cargo cults of Papua New Guinea, all in less than 28 minutes!
I had a short moment of panic when I couldn’t hear the sample in Massive Attack’s Karmacoma (also blogged about); I remembered it was such a touch of genius. But the touch belonged to the boys of Portishead in their remix.[audio:Sample6b.mp3]
Obscure? I don’t think so. Dr Dave got it straight off.
Simple enough if you can google the first words: Parce que tu crois by French crooner, Charles Aznavour.
Sampled below in Breathe by Blu Cantrell and Sean Paul.
I left the most obscure till last: Rose Len by Jamaican vibraphonist, Lennie Hibbert.
Rescued from obscurity by the huge UK hit of 2002, Dy-Na-Mi-Tee by Ms Dynamite. After winning the Mercury Music Prize, a.k.a. the poisoned chalice for your musical career, Ms Dynamite seems to be sinking back into obscurity herself.
That’s it, pop pickers. I’m done. Congratulations to Dr Dave — it turned out to be a fitting return match.