History / #1 Fan / FilmSample This, a Documentary About Incredible Bongo Band, Coming Soon
by Dave Segal
on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Now this looks like an interesting music documentary. Incredible Bongo Band were a crack group of session players led by MGM Records exec Michael Viner and featuring King Erisson, Jim Gordon, Mike Deasy, and Perry Botkin Jr. They cut a couple of amazingly funky and fun instrumental records—1973's Bongo Rock and 1974's Return of the Incredible Bongo Band—that have been sampled to death by hiphop and electronic-music producers for decades, especially "Apache." ("It grabbed me when I was 5 years old and it never let go," says Grandmaster Flash in the movie.)
Judging from this great trailer, a fascinating story germinated behind these hastily recorded party platters that became the cornerstones of hiphop and drum & bass. Sample This is directed by Dan Forrer and narrated by Gene Simmons (huh?). It's opening Oct. 21 in Austin, Texas. No Seattle premiere is known at this time.
Here's a promo blurb to whet your appetite:
If not for the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, it might never have happened. The gunshots that rang out in the Ambassador Hotel kitchen in June of 1968 started a music revolution. It's the story of a band that never was, a cult movie and revolutionary music from the streets of New York. A pop culture odyssey that includes Charles Manson, a former Beatle and an infamous mobster.