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Old 06-10-2010, 07:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Favourite, most reviled, or surprising "lifts"

I was listening to Internet radio, and a Chicago song came on: "25 or 6 to 4." I've never heard the song in my life, or so I thought.....

I recognized the riff because Green Day lifted it for "Brain Stew."

This reminded me of an experience I had when I was listening to disco (I know, I know...). I heard a bridge that was lifted for a popular summer song. Here it is.

Andrea True Connection's iconic disco song "More, More, More" (Listen to the bit from 2:20 to 2:30)

Now listen to the same bit throughout this popular song:

Now I knew it was a sample; I just didn't realize it was from that song.

  • Has anyone had similar surprises? Share your experience.
  • Feel free to include your favourite or most reviled samples/lifts as well.
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I shared a similar playlist regarding musical samplings; let me find it for contextual relevance's sake.

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Old 06-10-2010, 08:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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There is this video I found awhile ago, not really surprising as they are DJs.

When I first heard "Stronger" I was pissed he sampled Daft Punk (as he is a douche) but I guess it got them some airplay in the states.

Queen's "Under Pressure" being sampled by "Ice Ice Baby" threw me for a loop, I thought my classic rock station was playing Vanilla Ice for a min.

Also, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kid Rock sampling Warren Zevon "Werewolves of London" was a big surprise.


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Old 06-10-2010, 03:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 06-10-2010, 04:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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How about Stevie Ray Vaughan, who reused his own riff, which was itself lifted?

We have Rude Mood here:

Whose signature riff reappears at a much slower pace in the intro to Pride And Joy:

Both of which are based on the riff from Hopkin's Sky Hop, by Lightnin' Hopkins:

Hopkins was an early blues player from Houston, and heavily influenced SRV. He acknowledged the connection between Hopkin's Sky Hop and Rude Mood himself.

And all of them are really just a 12 bar blues progression, which shows up everywhere in contemporary music, from blues to rock to jazz.

Tributes, homages, samples and plain ripoffs. Everything that's done has been done before.
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm not a musical genius, but I'm pretty sure AC/DC lifts its own shit for every song.

And somehow it works. Everybody loves AC/DC.
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I love spotting these. Here's the most recent:

Das Racist - You Oughta Know


Billy Joel - Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)

Jump to 2:08 and the sample is as plain as day.

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Cage & Tame - Follow The Liters


Pink Floyd - Any Colour You Like
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Old 06-13-2010, 06:35 AM   #8 (permalink)
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It'd seem Greenday are really quite shameless.


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Old 06-14-2010, 05:56 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Here's one video to combine both the original and the steal....

Kookaburra (the children's song) contained in the flute riff for Men At Work's "Down Under"

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Old 07-13-2010, 05:40 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Green Day are pretty shameless

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Dillinger Four (dumb clip; riffage starts at 0.15)
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