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Little Sister

This is an interesting song. It’s a great little tune, written and performed by Lou Reed satirizing Bob Dylan. In Allan Arkush‘s 1983 comedy, Get Crazy, Reed plays Auden, a genius folk singer in a creative rut because success and fame have purged his life of tragedy and despair. Auden is coaxed out of his apartment after about a decade […]

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La Cotorra Criolla

The name of this song literally translates as The Creole Parrot, but the sentiment is really The Creole Rapper. Rapper’s Delight is widely acknowledged to be the pioneering rap record, but at the time, the genre hadn’t been named. Rap was still a slang word for talk or conversation, so when Rapper’s Delight was released in Venezuela, it was called […]

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Life On Mars?

In honor of NASA landing their most advanced Mars Rover, Curiosity, on the surface of the Red Planet, I’m posting David Bowie‘s classic song. At first listen, it seems to be a simple, understated track, but it holds up to repeat listening because of the depth and complexity of the arrangement. The lyrics make little sense, and are probably not […]

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Look Who’s Burnin’

I’m going to post one last track that sampled Stanley Turrentine‘s Sister Sanctified, from Ice Cube‘s second full length solo album Death Certificate. Since it’s Friday, some of you who don’t know this song might think Look Who’s Burnin’ is about smoking blunts or some shit like that. It’s not. It’s a cautionary track warning of the dangers of STIs. […]

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Soul In The Hole

Continuing with tracks that sampled Stanley Turrentine‘s Sister Sanctified, here is a track from 3rd Bass‘ debut, The Cactus Album. As an individual track, it’s probably not the best example of their work, but when heard in context when listening to the album,  it adds to the kaleidoscopic feel of the greatly satisfying whole. If the embedded audio player doesn’t […]

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My Philosophy

As I mentioned yesterday, this is one of many tracks that sampled Stanley Turrentine‘s Sister Sanctified. For my money, it’s also the best. From Boogie Down Productions‘ second album, By All Means Necessary, My Philosophy sums up the transition KRS-One went through after the murder of his best friend, Scott La Rock; from defiant rebel to social commentator and later, […]

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Sister Sanctified

This is a classic jazz track by Stanley Turrentine, from his 1972 album, Cherry. Hip hop fans might recognize it, as it’s been sampled by artists including 3rd Bass, Grandmaster Caz, Ice Cube, and most notably by KRS-One on the landmark My Philosophy, which I’ll post tomorrow. If the embedded audio player doesn’t load, click to listen to Sister Sanctified […]

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Turning Japanese

Continuing with the masturbation theme, can you believe back in the 1980’s a racist euphemism for jerking off was totally acceptable subject matter for a radio friendly new wave hit? The Vapors‘ David Fenton swears it’s not about masturbation, but the lyrics don’t mention jack shit about anything remotely Japanese. Rather, the dude sings in lovingly perverse detail about his […]

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Psychotic Reaction

This is a one hit wonder from 1960’s band The Count Five. It’s a really popular one hit wonder, though, and has been covered many times. On the surface it seems to be another “My girl done broke my heart, so I done some LSD mixed with Speed,” teen angst song, but you wanna know what I think? You can probably guess, […]