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Initial post: 10 Apr 2011 10:50:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2011 10:54:28 BDT
Brass Neck says:
Blasting out the remastered Screamadelica by Primal Scream I was struck by how many spoken word samples were so integral to the tracks they featured in (mainly the Andy Weatherall produced ones in which the band's musicians appear to have little input?). The stand out though is Come Together which features the (always) impassioned voice of Jesse Jackson cracking with uplifting celebratory emotion as he addresses the massive crowd at Wattstax, a huge event at the LA Colisseum in 1972, the 5th anniversary of the LA Watts riots, which featured the cream of the Stax label's talent (the event not the riot!!). You can see the whole speech on Youtube

From the same album, the next track (another Weatherall production) leans heavily on a sample from Peter Fonda's The Wild Angels movie - 'Just what is it you want to do?' ' We wanna be free, free to do what we wanna do?' Genius.

A close second for me is in Tell Me That I'm Dreaming from Was (Not Was) debut album where they cut up and reorder President Ronald Reagan's State Of The Union address to magnificent mocking effect - 'Can we who man the ship of state deny it is somewhat out of control'

Dunno if the speeches on DSOTM count as they aren't really samples but were recorded specifically for the album?

Can't wait for KJP's contribution!! ;)

Posted on 10 Apr 2011 11:01:07 BDT
DT says:
N N N N N N N Nineteen

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2011 11:05:44 BDT
Brass Neck says:
N N N N N N Now you're talking!

Posted on 10 Apr 2011 11:45:20 BDT
MC Zaptone says:
Billy Paul's sunny version of Macca's Let 'Em In features a poignant section of Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream' Speech.


Posted on 10 Apr 2011 12:18:54 BDT
vivian stanshall's beautiful introduction of instruments on "tubular bells".
recitation of earth's measurements & properties on vangelis's "albedo 0.39".
mick jagger's sneering "i don't like music" etc. from "performance" on b.a.d.'s "e = mc2".
less well-known on this forum, perhaps, but lemon jelly make good use of spoken samples on tracks like "the staunton lick", "nervous tension", "his majesty king ra" & "rambling man".
& on a topical note, the chilling electronic voice reciting frightening statistics about radioactive leaks from chernobyl & sellafield on introduction to "radioactivity" on kraftwerk's "minimum maximum" - schneider & co. proving that they're as ahead of the game as ever, & not just with their music.

Posted on 10 Apr 2011 13:33:29 BDT
Neil says:
'She blinded me with science' Magnus Pike.

Posted on 10 Apr 2011 14:18:10 BDT
Post Soviet says:
'I Love The Dead' Alice Cooper. And couple more tracks. Talent!

Posted on 10 Apr 2011 17:16:04 BDT
Baldman says:
Is it Silent Night by Simon & Garfunkel, or Hazy Shade Of Winter that has the Walter Kronkite Vietnam report?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2011 17:30:13 BDT
pretty sure it's silent night,

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2011 18:48:16 BDT
Had Screamadelica on the stereo today, great album. The Fonda intro on Loaded is great :-) Screamadelica really is a top notch homage to the stuff that really inlfuenced the band, dub, e, those movies, the growing up at the tail end of Vietnam etc.... as is the followup, Give Out But Don't Give Up, a tribute to the Stones and 70's rock.

Stephen Hawking does the intro on Keep On Talking by Pink Floyd.

Posted on 10 Apr 2011 19:19:41 BDT
Johnny Bee says:
Big Audio Dynamite, Medicine Show

Fom the Good the Bad and the Ugly:

"Wanted in fourteen counties of this State, the condemned is found guilty of crimes of murder, armed robbery of citizens, state banks and post offices, the theft of sacred objects, arson in a state prison, perjury, bigamy, deserting his wife and children, inciting prostitution, kidnapping, extortion, receiving stolen goods, selling stolen goods, passing counterfeit money, and contrary to the laws of this State, the condemned is guilty of using marked cards...Therefore, according to the powers vested in us, we sentence the accused before us, Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez ('Known as The Rat') and any other aliases he might have, to hang by the neck until dead. May God have mercy on his soul. Proceed."

Probably too much sampling on that particular album, but, hey, it was a new toy at the time.


In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2011 19:21:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2011 19:26:59 BDT
Brass Neck says:
PS - Alice uses a lot of spoken parts but they're not really samples. Perhaps his best is the Vincent Price speech in the intro to Black Widow on Welcome To My Nightmare;

Leaving Lepidoptera... Please don't touch the display, little boy. Oh-ho-ho... cute. Moving to the next aisle, we have Arachnida, the spiders, our finest collection. This friendly, little fellow is the Heptithilidae, unfortunately harmless. Next to him... the nasty Lycosa Raptoria. His tiny fangs cause creeping ulcerations of the skin. And here... my prize, The Black Widow. Isn't she lovely? And so deadly. Her kiss is fifteen times as poisonous as that of the rattlesnake. You see, her venom is highly neuro-toxic. Which is to say that it attacks the central nervous system; causing intense pain, profuse sweating, difficulty in breathing, loss of conciousness, violent convulsions, and, finally... uh, death. You know, what I think I love the most about her is her in-born need to dominate, posess. In fact, immediately after the consummation of her marriage to the smaller and weaker male of the specie, she kills and eats him. Oo-hoo, she is delicious! (And I hope he was.) If I may put forward a slice of personal philosophy, I feel that Man has ruled this world as a stumbling, demented child-king long enough! And as his empire crumbles, my precious Black Widow shall rise as his most fitting successor!

However it's a scripted speech rather than 'found'.

Posted on 10 Apr 2011 19:54:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2011 20:06:05 BDT
Little Axe's album The Wolf That House Built fuses some of Howlin' Wolf's singing and talking with the group's eerie abstract blues textures - the highlight is a Howlin' Wolf monologue on the track Wolf's Story.

Posted on 10 Apr 2011 20:38:22 BDT
Bob says:
FGTH - Two Tribes - all Ray Barrett's stern warnings of what to do when the siren sounds for a nuclear attack.

Posted on 10 Apr 2011 21:06:08 BDT
S. George says:
"we are the music makers,we are the dreamers of dreams"-gene wilder as willy wonka on that aphex twin track,cant remember the name-sublime

Posted on 11 Apr 2011 00:44:38 BDT
Cook Derek says:
Well I just have to go for Camilla Pilkington's "Hey" at the beginning of Art of Noise's "Close (to the Edit)" and then later on Prodigy's "Firestarter". Quite an influential one-syllable outburst that one.

Then there's the nuclear bomb-blast comparisons building up to the climax in "Breathing" by Kate Bush.

And then on DC Talk's "Free at Last" album, the next to last track "Word 2 the Father" ends with a fifties sounding guy expounding "It's a trip - it's got a funky beat and I can BUG-OUT to it" which always cracks me up.

Posted on 11 Apr 2011 07:34:09 BDT
None ... sampling is theft of somone else's interectual property,.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2011 08:03:12 BDT
Brass Neck says:
Hoorah! I have been on tenterhooks awaiting that inevitable dismissive sideswipe KJP (see OP)!

Posted on 11 Apr 2011 08:38:36 BDT
Ah, but possession is nine-tenths of the law, therefore no theft is commited!

Surely a lot of sampling is simply tipping a nod to an original piece of work a la Camilla Pilkington.

Not my favourite band but a good intro sample that comes to mind is the use of Strother Martin's 'failure to communicate' speech in G'n'R's Civil War.

Posted on 11 Apr 2011 09:45:00 BDT
Wouldn't want to disappoint now , would I , MY

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2011 10:12:16 BDT
Brass Neck says:
You have your reputation to think of!

Posted on 11 Apr 2011 11:34:39 BDT
Rudy says:
Skinnyman - Council Estate of Mind album samples dialogue from the film Made in Britain. Great film and a great album. The lyrics combine with the dialogue samples brilliantly.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2011 11:37:01 BDT
Brass Neck says:
Good call Rudy. Whatever happened to Skinnyman tho'?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2011 11:37:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Apr 2011 11:41:56 BDT
Nugent Dirt says:
Loves Screamadelica too me smitty and am with you on Loaded but my fave is the intro track on Hold Your Colour by Pendulum..esp the bit 'we're gonna rock civilisation' when Slam kicks in. Also there's the sample of the exorcist on the Jezebel Spirit by Eno and Byrne. The bit where the devil's about to come out Used to freak out my younger brother. Then thre's the whole of the talk on Ramblin Man by Lemon Jelly, a major fave tune.

Nice to see you're still committed to your cause KJP.

Posted on 11 Apr 2011 13:31:37 BDT
Johnny Bee says:
Revco. Beers, Steers etc. the remixes sample, or take dialogue from, the movie Deliverance.
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