I'll Give You a Break, Pt. 47: Thin Lizzy's "Ray-Gun"
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM
[I’ll Give You a Break is a sporadic series of posts highlighting obscure (and not so obscure) breakbeats in unlikely places, so that they may be sampled by producers or just enjoyed for their own geeky purposes. NB: Don’t forget to clear all samples through the proper channels (cough).]
Many hiphop producers have sampled Irish rockers Thin Lizzy, but usually they've gone for "Johnny the Fox," which undeniably has a killer break. But the passage at 0:12-0:22 in Thin Lizzy's "Ray-Gun" is plenty nutritious, too, and, as far as I can tell, heretofore unused. It sounds like early Funkadelic more than Thin Lizzy's best-known song, "The Boys Are Back in Town," and therefore it can really punch up your track.
"Ray-Gun" comes from Thin Lizzy's self-titled debut LP, which Light in the Attic Records recently reissued. It's a great collection of ambitious, funky rock and soulful ballads, and it's one of the best records in LITA's vast, treasure-laden catalog.