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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I’ll Give You a Break, Pt. 3

posted by on October 29 at 12:32 PM

Hiphop producers have sampled the shit out of Steve Miller Band’s music. Go here [scroll about halfway down] and witness what’s likely just a fraction of the songs augmented by the choicest bits from Steve Miller—whom Miles Davis once dissed as a “no-playing motherfucker.”

But! Notice anything missing? Nobody’s used “Livin’ in the USA.” Huh.

The song’s first 60-some seconds are begging for somebody to spit fire over. Does hiphop move this fast anymore? Not so much, really, but it would be lovely if mugs (or even Muggs) upped the tempo once in a while. Anybody still remember those fantastic early Brand Nubian or Son of Bazerk records? Or Fu-Schnickens, even? Jeez, I hope so.

Anyway, this blues-rock segment from “Livin’ in the USA” of which I speak has aged very well. I bet it would sound amazing in a new rap context. Paradox!

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i listened to 'bazerk bazerk bazerk' about two or three months ago, and i have to say that the production is astouding, but the lyrics do not stand the test of time.

thanks for these breaks post - i definitely didn't know these first three and i look forward to more...

Posted by cosby | October 29, 2008 2:08 PM

oKay-Bone to pick time. First you slam on the Clash's "Straight To Hell," which is one of the bands' best songs ever! And now you claim to have not heard any of Segal's break post songs, two of which are Classic Rawk standards. And you call yourself a DJ? Jus' what kind o' DJ are yous??????

P.S. Please forgive me if'n I'm wrong, but I get the impression you're not a Clash fan.

Posted by Tiffany | October 29, 2008 7:29 PM

i'll admit that my knowledge of classic rock is absurdly poor compared to the average person, as is my knowledge of 80s r&b, jazz standards, modern country, and loads of other stuff. i don't think i grew up in the same classic rock environment as everyone else - not that that is an excuse. i like these posts, especially in genres i'm not immediately familiar with, so i can have some insight on where to start.

also, i love the clash. 'straight to hell', like much of 'combat rock', would not make it into my top 25 clash songs. to me it feels like a once great band going through the motions to appease their record label - the excitement of their previous four albums (even 'sandanista!') is gone on 'combat rock' in my opinion.

Posted by cosby | October 30, 2008 9:00 AM

Nice response sir!

I am glad that you seem to realize that I was 1/2 joking about the DJ stuff. I have downloaded one of your mixes, and was impressed. And I only wish that my knowledge of Classic Rock was absurdly poor. I need never hear Edgar Winter again in this lifetime. As for Steve Miller, his pre-Joker stuff RAWKS balls! Miles Davis was a-talking out o' his ass, as usual.

As for "Combat Rock," we's jus' got to agree to disagree. Yes, "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" does sound like a band going through the motions to appease their record label, but the rest of the album is full of classics, ableit not typical of the early Clash sound. "Know Your Rights," "Overpowered By Funk," and "Ghetto Defendant"(feat. Allen Ginsburg) as well as "Straight To Hell" are as good as anything in the bands' discography.

Thanx for the discourse!

Posted by Tiffany | October 30, 2008 12:36 PM

When I think of Son of Bazerk, I think of the following line: "I'm the son of a bad man!" And I'm sorry "swivey" never caught on with the masses. Dude had a way with words.

This video says it all:

Posted by Kathy Fennessy | October 30, 2008 6:32 PM

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