This week I’m gonna take a break from the albums that are important to me segments and do a true TTRT. This week samples rule. I’m talking of course about songs that an artist took something from and made it into their own song. I always love to hear the original song because the majority of the time they are truly beautiful pieces of music. I have been meaning to do this as a Things that Rule now for a while and finally was inspired to do it this week when I listened to ‘Perpetuum Mobile’ by Penguin Cafe Orchestra again today. I had originally found this song about a year ago now when I was up really late on a roll finding where many of my favorite artists had been getting the samples for their songs. I then stumbled across ‘Perpetuum Mobile’ which of course Avicii sampled for his song fittingly titled ‘Penguin’ which eventually became ‘Fade into Darkness’. The original song is such an incredible piece of music, as are ‘Penguin’ and ‘Fade Into Darkness’, it’s something that really anyone who hears can appreciate for its beauty. This week I’m not gonna post mp3 versions of the songs if you want them you can find them, instead I’m gonna post YouTube links to them and say what song they were sampled to make.
First one of course is, ‘Perpetuum Mobile’ by Penguin Cafe Orchestra which as mentioned earlier was sampled by Avicii for ‘Penguin’ which then got vocals and made ‘Fade into Darkness’.
I often wondered where Yolanda Be Cool and DCUP got the sample for ‘We No Speak Americano’ cause it’s one of the sickest ones I’ve ever heard. A little digging I discovered they sampled ‘Tu Vuò Fà L’Americano’ by Renato Carosone an Italian song released in the 1950s. Oddly enough ‘We No Speak Americano’ was actually sampled for another song, Pitbull’s ‘Bon Bon’. Regardless the original song rules so much and check the dudes playing in the video, too much swag.
I could probably do a Thursday of just Bingo Players samples but for now I’ll just give you one of my favorites. Probably their biggest hit to date ‘Cry (Just a Little)’ samples a song from the late 1980s by Brenda Russell called ‘Piano In The Dark’. It’s so awesome when it hits the chorus and you hear that sample “I know caught up in the middle I cry just a little, when I think of letting go.” Not surprising how good the original is, Brenda Russell has an amazing voice.
Doesn’t always have to be a song that get sampled, Deadmau5 sampled a movie for his song ‘Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff’. It’s a strange movie from the 1950s called The Brain of Arous, instead of posting the movie I found a decent video that shows you where the samples are with the song playing along with the video.
That’s it for this weeks Things that Rule Thursdays, next week I will return to albums that are important to me. Expect another one of these with samples from songs in it, I have a lot of fun doing this.