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Thursday, October 4, 2007

The Week in Samples

posted by on October 4 at 11:08 AM

Two stories that fell through Line Out’s cracks this week, both concerning the tricky business of sampling:

First, there’s the new Wu Tang Clan track, “The Heart Gently Weeps” (available at Oh Word), which seems to boast a historic sample of the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” The Beatles have never cleared a sample for legal use before, and early press about this song painted it as a historic first. But, as Idolator pointed out yesterday, it’s not really a sample. It’s an interpolation, or a recreation of that guitar part, performed by George Harrison’s son, Dhani. 8 Diagrams’ release date has been pushed back from its slated November date to Dec 4th; the delay, according to the Clan is “due to the magnitude of the sample and the History being made.” But, yeah, not technically a sample. Maybe still history.

Then, there’s this little gem, which you may have seen on Slog (and everywhere else* on the internet) this week:

*Well, not really everywhere, since NBC had to remove the video from their official website. Why? Because that piano loop is an unauthorized sample of Aphex Twin (aka “the fifth Beatle”)’s “Avril 14th” from his album Drukqs:

From the latter video’s comments:

i’m glad SNL used this song otherwise i would have never found such a warm, moving song.

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whoa. thats unexpected. not the sample, but the sound of the song itself. its a wu-tang ballad.

Posted by jz | October 4, 2007 12:42 PM

wondering what jonah has to say about this track. theres no bass, one of his requirements for hiphop.

Posted by jz | October 4, 2007 12:47 PM


Actually, there are several prominent ballads in the expansive Wu-canon. Check out "Second Coming" (off Forever), "All That I Got Is You" off Ghostface's first album, and "Good Morning Heartache" by none other than the late ODB.

Posted by shub-negrorath | October 4, 2007 7:54 PM

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