February 17, 2008 7:31 AM Subscribe
Where did Lily Allen get her music from?
posted by Summer (36 comments total)
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Her own head? Her producer's heads? Her co-writers' heads? No. Lily 'borrowed' liberally from old reggae and ska tracks and even soft porn soundtracks. The music like dirt
blog (a find in itself) outlines every sample and influence in 'Alright, Still'
, and the result is much more interesting than the album itself. Music like dirt provides some brilliant links to classic reggae, ska, calypso, jazz.....
The blog raises the question of whether imaginative sampling is an art in itself and whether producers should be acknowledged as the real forces behind artists such as Lily. In her case I would have like to have seen a bit more acknowledgement of her 'influences'. Not one of the artists mentioned on 'music like dirt' are quoted as influences on Lily's MySpace Page
. Incidentally, I'm aware all this is from 2006 - but I didn't think that would matter to people interested in the original tracks.