Who sampled
December 1, 2009 8:06 AM   Subscribe

Who sings the "Since I left you" bit on the Avalanches song? Where does the piano on that Alicia Keys record come from? And how did that Boney M song get stuck in my head? All is revealed at Who Sampled.
posted by creeky (40 comments total) 36 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'd love to see a version of this for movies so I could look up what that goddamn song I heard an industrial club was.

(Don't ask me for details because I am talking about every industrial song.)
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:09 AM on December 1, 2009


hold up your iphone with shazam and it will tell you.
posted by empath at 8:15 AM on December 1, 2009


Btw, the song in the industrial club is either Confusion or Clubbed to Death.
posted by empath at 8:17 AM on December 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


oh that's pretty outstanding.
posted by shmegegge at 8:17 AM on December 1, 2009


Who sings the "Since I left you" bit on the Avalanches song?

Sometimes finding out what samples a song is based on makes the final product a little less impressive, but with the Avalanches it makes them look like geniuses.
posted by Adam_S at 8:19 AM on December 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Nice.
posted by chunking express at 8:19 AM on December 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


They missed one.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:21 AM on December 1, 2009


See also: Sample Wednesday.
posted by empath at 8:22 AM on December 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


Rad!
posted by Poppa Bear at 8:25 AM on December 1, 2009


The-Breaks is another good site along these lines. Focused on hip-hop, as one might expect.
posted by box at 8:36 AM on December 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


hold up your iphone with shazam and it will tell you. Not always.

This is great. Finally I can answer my ask if I could only remember the song that was sampled. But I think it might have been this.
posted by birdherder at 8:37 AM on December 1, 2009


Previously
posted by empath at 8:37 AM on December 1, 2009


Awesome, I was just thinking about this type of research today. Sadly though, it confirms the ugly truth that the Dixie Dregs have never been sampled.
posted by saladin at 8:39 AM on December 1, 2009


I love to know the nature of samples, beit music or media.

The samples in "Eye For An Eye" by UNKLE made me want to watch The Thin Red Line

also i still think the subtlety (and irony, given the nature of the track) of the George Michael sample in LL Cool J's "Father" is genius.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 8:40 AM on December 1, 2009


Hardcopy for the rap nerds: (re)sampling dictionary.

Focus on electronic/dance music: Coverdance.com

Wondering what weird sample you heard in that Psy-trance song? Check the PsyDB Samples database.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:07 AM on December 1, 2009


Adam_S: Sometimes finding out what samples a song is based on makes the final product a little less impressive, but with the Avalanches it makes them look like geniuses.

This is mostly because the Avalanches are geniuses.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:13 AM on December 1, 2009 [4 favorites]


Tell me if this sounds familiar.
posted by flatluigi at 9:18 AM on December 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Almost thought this was an accidental AskMe
posted by azarbayejani at 9:20 AM on December 1, 2009


Sometimes finding out what samples a song is based on makes the final product a little less impressive, but with the Avalanches it makes them look like geniuses.

Yeah, seriously. <3 them.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 9:22 AM on December 1, 2009


Seems like the amen break should have more than 11 citations. The Incredible Bongo Band sample that's everywhere has about 30 though.
posted by Rhomboid at 9:43 AM on December 1, 2009


no thread like this can exist without a link to the Paul's Boutique Sample Reference
posted by mcstayinskool at 9:56 AM on December 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Interesting. Are they limiting themselves to only what's available on youtube/[other internet video sites]? Because the Pop Will Eat Itself section is incredibly thin, and the poppies wrote what, 2 or 3 albums that were nothing _but_ sampled.

But now maybe I can figure out if there was a source for that groove that was everywhere in the 90's. DNA feat. Suzanne Vega's Tom's Diner, say - that beat (or something similar - I have a bit of a tin ear) shows up in Enigma's Principle's of Lust. And coming at it from the Enigma direction shows that it's a Soul II Soul beat. Huh. Thanks, internet!
posted by Kyol at 10:06 AM on December 1, 2009


how did that Boney M song get stuck in my head?

Is it because you're dying of thirst on a Peruvian mountain?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 10:20 AM on December 1, 2009


Sweet, I finally figured out the tune I been trying to think of for like 2 weeks.
posted by [@I][:+:][@I] at 10:40 AM on December 1, 2009


Who sings the "Since I left you" bit on the Avalanches song?

This actually might be a trick question, as there's a bit of controversy about whether or not The Main Attraction vocalist is singing "Since I left you" or "Since I met you": 1, 2
posted by Ian A.T. at 11:13 AM on December 1, 2009


It's most obviously "since I met you" when you listen to the original.
Which kind of jives with the rest of the lyrics., too.
The title of the Avalanches record doesn't really have anything to do with it- the Avalanches messed up.
posted by dunkadunc at 1:07 PM on December 1, 2009


no thread like this can exist without a link to the Paul's Boutique Sample Reference

That's the first thing I checked on the whosampled site! And of course it was not comprehensive. My Beastie Boys obsession is really what first led me to the internet.
posted by peep at 2:21 PM on December 1, 2009


dunkadunc: the Avalanches messed up.

You hold your tongue!
posted by shakespeherian at 2:26 PM on December 1, 2009


Seems like the amen break should have more than 11 citations.

There's not enough room on the internet.
posted by empath at 2:43 PM on December 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Bah. I've been trying for years to find out what the vocal/chant sample in Massive Attack's Karamacoma is, but its not listed here. I actually have the track on a random mix cd given to me by a dj years ago, and would like to know who it is. Anyone?
posted by mannequito at 3:07 PM on December 1, 2009


On second thought im not even sure its a vocal sample, but its kind of chanting with that high pitched wind instrument-synthesizer type thing. I think I'm illustrating my point of why I can't figure this out: I don't even know how to describe the sound.
posted by mannequito at 3:08 PM on December 1, 2009


It's most obviously "since I met you" when you listen to the original.

Oh, that's not the bit I'm excited about. Now that I've heard the original I can finally be sure that they're singing "I find the world so new". For ages I've been wondering why on earth they were singing "I find the world Sutton Hoo".
posted by ZsigE at 3:21 PM on December 1, 2009


"Woman (Avalanches Remix) (2006) sampled J.V.C. F.O.R.C.E.'s Strong Island (1988)"

I could kiss you Creeky.
posted by nudar at 4:46 PM on December 1, 2009


Woo! Yeah!
posted by gubo at 4:52 PM on December 1, 2009


I used to think sampling was somehow inauthentic or something (back when I cared about things like that), but this site provides plenty of examples where the song is much greater than the sum of it's parts. For example, Wu-Tang's Gravel Pit is half a soundtrack to a french miniseries and half Cameo. God damn genius.
posted by mike_bling at 5:02 PM on December 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


I still don't understand how Way Out West took this dirty funky break, and made it so goddamned beautiful.
posted by empath at 6:13 PM on December 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


This is awesome.

Even more awesome: the song used as the source for the Amen Break (The Winstons - Amen, Brother) sampled from We're a Winner by The Impressions.

(You have listened to this 20 minute YT on the Amen Break, right?)
posted by maudlin at 9:30 PM on December 1, 2009


If it's Avalanches sample sources you want, it's Avalanches sample sources you'll get
posted by aubilenon at 10:48 PM on December 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


I used this a few weeks ago so I could remember what song was sampled in Handsome Boy Modeling School's "The Truth." (Answer: Galt MacDermot's "Coffee Cold")
posted by ferdinandcc at 4:01 AM on December 2, 2009


I finally know what to do if I'm fond of sand dunes and salty air!
posted by Molesome at 7:58 AM on December 2, 2009


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