You ever hear a song and think “I’ve heard that before.”? Chances are, you have. Artists sample from older records all the time. Sometimes it’s just a quick snippet, sometimes it’s the entire beat. Here are 10 songs that use samples, along with the original songs!
Now, I could do 3 posts alone on Beyonce, Kanye, and Drake…so I’ll leave them out of this one. I could make this a weekly thing.
1. Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa
I’m sure you all know this track. What do you think it sampled?
I’ll tell you.
It’s the entire beat of the 1983 baby-maker, Between The Sheets by the Isley Brothers.
Here are both songs so you can hear it for yourself.
Man, both of these songs are great. There’s a possibility that I was conceived to Between The Sheets, but I don’t want to think about that.
2. Rihanna – S.O.S.
This one may be obvious.
Here’s a hint:
If you know 80’s music, you should hear the sample from Tainted Love by Soft Cell.
Check it out!
3. Mary J Blige – No More Drama
This one isn’t quite as obvious for everyone. You have to be a big fan of soap operas to get this.
Blige sampled the theme song for The Young And The Restless, titled Nadia’s Theme. If you check the songwriters on No More Drama, you will find the names Perry Botkin Jr. and Barry De Vorzon, the writers of Nadia’s Theme.
4. Panic At The Disco – Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time
Panic frontman Brandon Urie was influenced by a ridiculous song from the 80’s. He said he heard it when he was younger and thought “This is a party”
That song is Rock Lobster by the B-52’s.
You’ll hear that guitar riff throughout the song.
5. 2 Pac ft. Dr. Dre – California Love
I remember thinking I was cool blasting this song in my car…in Erie, PA. The least California-like place on the planet.
Pac and Dre used a sample from So Ruff, So Tuff by Roger Troutman, which isn’t the most obvious one on the list.
6. Mariah Carey – Honey
Mariah sampled not one song, but two on Honey.
The Body Rock by the Treacherous Three and Hey DJ by The World’s Supreme Team.
Let’s see if you can spot them.
7. Cardi B and Bruno Mars – Please Me
One baby-maker turns into another. Please Me samples Freek’n You by Jodeci. This one is pretty easy to spot.
8. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise
It took a bit of time for Stevie Wonder to approve of this sampling of Pastime Paradise because of all of Coolio’s swearing. He finally got approval after he cleaned it up. This one is SO obvious.
9. Fall Out Boy – Centuries
This is one of many songs that sampled from the first song to ever be converted to MP3, Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega. You’ll hear the “duh duh duuuda duh”
10. Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes
This song is FULL of samples. Not one or two…four.
James Brown demanded approval of the lyrics before he would allow Jackson to sample Papa Don’t Take No Mess because he was pissed at rap groups for using his songs with foul language. Janet got approval pretty quickly for this one.
She also uses samples from Impeach The President by The Honey Drippers, If It Don’t Turn You On (You Oughta Leave It Alone) by B.T. Express, and Georgy Porgy by Toto.
Here are all 5 songs for you.
Conclusion: 10 Songs That Use Samples That You May Recognize
There we have it. 10 songs that use samples that you might recognize. There are countless more out there, so we will do this regularly. It’s fun to hear the songs side by side.
Hope you all enjoyed it and lets all have a great week!
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Introducing: The Fiasco!
Ryan: What’s up, dudes? Welcome to Le Café Music Blog’s Indie Artist Interview Series. Let’s get this thing started. How about a self-introduction?
Adam: We are The Fiasco. Tim is the Lead Singer, Adam is the Lead Guitarist, Jack is on Bass and we have Matt on Drums. We’re from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Tim & Adam have been best friends and in a band since our teens in high school. Jack and Matt have been part of the band for around 4 years now.
Ryan: Right outside of Leeds, nice. I hear the rhubarb there is the bomb. Tell me a little about your upcoming release.
Adam: Our next single is called Played Me At My Own Game. It’s a high energy Alt-Pop/Rock track. It’s about a young man who is playing the field when it comes to dating, being a bit of a Jack the lad. But then falls in love with someone who then plays him. Hence the title Played Me At My Own Game.
Ryan: “A bit of a Jack the lad” eh? For our American readers, that means he’s a cocky little shit. Played Me At My Own Game drops this Friday on all streaming platforms. A new music video for the single will also drop on YouTube.
Influences and Collaboration
Ryan: I’ve heard you tunes. Takes me back to my angsty teenage years, getting tickets to Warped Tour and being angry at my parents for loving me. Good times. Who are your biggest musical influences?
Adam: Without a doubt, my biggest musical influence was The Offspring. They were the first band I really loved and the entire reason I picked up and started learning guitar. In fact, I’m so excited to hear that they’re releasing a new album in 2021. Nowadays, I’m hugely influenced by artists such as Daughtry, Luke Combs and bands such as All Time Low and You Me At Six.
Ryan: I love The Offspring. Can’t wait for the new album! If you guys could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
Adam: I think it would be really cool to go on a tour with All Time Low. We have been to see so many of their shows, and they are always super high energy, lots of fun and sound incredible! Plus they seem like a fun group of guys to hang out with!
Ryan: I’d buy tickets to that, for sure. What’s your collaboration process like?
Adam: We are open to lots of different ideas. We have collaborated with country singer, Lauren Faye Moss on a single where we wrote a song, and turned it into a duet. She came to the studio, recorded her vocals and we all shot a music video together. That was a really fun project. We’re always open to new ideas, so if you’re interested in linking up on a project – get in touch!
Life Outside of Music
Ryan: What do you guys like to do outside of music?
Adam: I’m a music producer and work with loads of other Alt-Rock and Country artists, helping them get great sounding records and traction with their careers. I also have a 1-year-old Cocker Spaniel puppy who is completely crazy, so spend a lot of time out walking trying to burn some energy from him!
Ryan: Man, I feel that. I rescued a German Shepherd puppy in Thailand at 3-months-old. He’s 18 months now and completely insane. So, if music wasn’t an option for you guys, what would you be doing?
Adam: Both of us are fully qualified teachers…. so that haha! I studied Biochemistry and trained to be a Science teacher, Tim did a Maths degree and became a Maths teacher!
Ryan: Well damn, a couple of smart-ass musicians. I don’t think you’ll have to worry about going back to teaching. You guys have a bright future in music. What’s the weirdest day job you’ve ever had?
Adam: Not so much weird, but I was a bartender in a hotel when I was 18-19. My hours were 7pm – 3am Friday, Saturday and Sunday and I hated it. One day, my P45 came through the post. I don’t really know if they just didn’t need me anymore or I got fired because they didn’t tell me haha. Anyway, I wasn’t disappointed. I didn’t have to turn up any more!
Tim: I was a waiter and hated it whilst at University. One day – I had enough, so just decided to never go back. Didn’t even tell my boss I wasn’t coming back, so I’m pretty sure I lost out on some wages…but thats how much I wanted out haha.
Ryan: Oh man, I’ve had jobs like that. The worst. What were you guys like as kids?
Adam: Music mad! We were those kids at parties that would always find the acoustic guitar and be like ‘Anyway, here’s Wonderwall‘ haha!
Ryan: Haha you were that guy, huh? What about you, Tim?
Tim: I was a super annoying as a kid, probably still am very annoying. haha couldn’t sit still.
Ryan: That’s what us singers do. We were born to annoy people. No shame in that. Alright, you get a date with one musician. Who are you taking out?
Adam: I would LOVE to go on a man-date with Jack Black. He is seriously the coolest guy in the world and everything he does has me in stitches! His TikTok is the best thing in the world right now!
Getting Back To Reality
Ryan: What are you guys doing to stay connected to your fans during the pandemic?
Adam: We have been posting every day on our socials, doing a few live streams, and have also created a bunch of new merch for our online store including trucker caps and beanies. It’s currently -2 in the UK right now so the beanies are well appreciated. We are going to be giving away a merch bundle when our new single drops on 19.02.21.
Ryan: Nice! New merch AND a new single this Friday! If you could play that new single in any city in the world today, where would it be?
Adam: Vegas! We spent a week in Vegas for Tim’s stag do! Incredible place, so much to do, loads of energy. I think it’d be incredible!
Ryan: Vegas is dope. I did karaoke with a really bad Elvis impersonator there. I had a little too much to drink that night. Speaking of drinking, what keeps you guys going?
Adam: Passion! You don’t do music unless it’s something you’re deeply passionate about and there’s an innate ‘need’ to write, perform and put yourself out there!
Dominoes and Tiny Horses
Ryan: If you had one day left to live, how would you spend it?
Adam: I’d love to get everyone I know in a huge warehouse, tons of beer, play a bit of a gig and just have the best time ever with all my friends, family and loved ones. That would be the ideal way to see out the end of the world in my opinion.
Ryan: That sounds like fun. I’ll bring my wife. We’ll see you there. How about food? What if you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life?
Adam: Pizza. Dominoes or ASDA Pizza Counter…I’m not fussy between those – they’re the best pizzas around.
Ryan: Dominoes is on the top of your list? Damn, we are spoiled here in the States. The thought of Dominoes being the best pizza anywhere keeps me awake at night. What keeps you awake?
Adam: Not feeling fulfilled later in life! If I try and fail at something, that’s fine and I can live with that! But I’d hate to get towards the end of my life and wonder ‘what if?’….. yeah that got kinda deep haha!
Ryan: It’s okay to get deep. It’s always better to try and fail than to not try at all. Okay, enough with getting deep. One of you has to fight. Who is it? Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?
Adam: I’m nominating Tim for this challenge!
Tim: Yeah I’ll give this a go! I’m the kind of ambitious type to say ‘I’ll smash them both’ and then realize I’ve bitten off more than I can chew haha.
Ryan: My god. could you imagine the chaos? One horse-sized duck and a flock of duck-sized horses.
Ryan: What’s next for you guys?
Adam: We have loads more singles ready to release, so we are planning on releasing music every 6-8 weeks moving forwards. As soon as COVID rules allow, we will be out gigging, making music videos, and we also have secured a publishing deal for our music, which we are really excited about!
Ryan: That is great news. Congrats! Before we wrap this up, is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?
Adam: To our fans that follow us and listen to our music – we love you and appreciate you so much. You’re the reason that we do what we do and get so much enjoyment out of it. To anyone who hasn’t heard our music yet… if you like high energy Alt-Rock music with good catchy melodies from a group of guys who have below average banter and love Dad jokes, then we are EXACTLY what you have been waiting for!
Ryan: There you have it! Great tunes and dad jokes. Doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks for joining us today and good luck with your release on Friday!
Listen to The Fiasco here, and get ready for their new release on Friday, Played Me At My Own Game.
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