Ahhh. Here it is. My most favorite commercial from childhood: a commercial for the 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse. I was obsessed with it because it had everything that I loved: night driving, a highway and street lights, a factory or oil refinery in the background, great music (Days Go By by Dirty Vegas), and a super cool group of people in a super cool car. Watching it still makes me smile.
“Hey, how you’re doin’? I’m sorry you couldn’t get through. ‘Cause this is a message that’s been recorded… especially for you!”
Ready for another Interpolation Station? Here we go:
Name and Number by Curiosity Killed the Cat
Which was sampled by...
Ring Ring Ring Ha Ha Hey by De La Soul
Which sampled these three songs:
Impeach the President by The Honeydrippers
Beat by Lou Johnson...
and Act Like You Know by Fat Larry’s Band.
But many people don’t know that Act Like You Know is loosely covering...
Help Is On the Way by The Whatnauts.
ANYWHO. Ring Ring Ring Ha Ha Hey by De La Soul was then interpolated by...
Ain’t Leavin Without You - Jaheim
And there you go. From Curiosity Killed the Cat all the way to Jaheim.
Here's one my most favorite dance scenes from the 1987 movie, White Nights. I find it amazing how Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines are doing the same moves, but so differently. They had different training, so they attack the routine differently, but they stay perfectly in sync. The finesse.
(Also, the song is Prove Me Wrong by David Pack, the lead singer of Ambrosia. A gem of an 80s AOR song.)
...to me! Today is my 26th birthday. That is all. :)
(Fun fact: Stevie Wonder made this song to campaign for MLK Jr.'s birthday to be made into a national holiday. Reagan approved in 1983 and the first MLK day was in 1986.)
I feel like talking about interpolated and sampled songs.
I'll make this quick. You ready? Let's do it.
"(You) Got What I Need" by Freddie Scott. The original from 1968.
Which was interpolated by:
Which many don't know was first loosely covered by:
But was shelved and passed along to and made even more famous by:
*dances along to every version*
I have NO idea how I stumbled onto this video on YouTube, but here is Bruce Willis singing a duet with Tina Turner around 1996-1997. You're welcome.
And here's the post interview. THE FLIRTING. That is all.
Those who know me well know that I love Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis's music. For those not familiar with the legendary R&B and pop songwriting and producing duo, think Control and Rhythm Nation era Janet Jackson, Heartbreak era New Edition, and the song "Human" by The Human League. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are behind them.
Not too long ago, I ran across a video of Donnie Simpson interviewing Jam and Lewis in their studio while they were working on the song "Fishnet" by Morris Day. Check out the behind the scenes video and the finished product below!
Yet again, I find myself in the wormhole which is YouTube. This time, I started off watching a video of 8 year old Patti Austin singing the jazz standard "Jeepers Creepers." Check out the video below. Even as a kid she was a super talented singer.
Somehow, one Patti Austin video led to another and I found great in studio footage from the 1984 documentary, I Love Quincy. The footage shows Patti Austin and Quincy Jones goofing off while working on the song "It's Gonna Be Special" for the film Two of a Kind.
Two things struck me in particular during the in-studio video. The first thing was how ridiculously silly they were. Everyone in the studio kept joking and joking, one fit of laughter after the next. Everyone seemed comfortable with each other. The second thing was that after they composed themselves, they got right back to work like nothing happened. No one missed a beat. They went back to recording like the pros they are.
The whole video was a reminder to take my work seriously, but not too serious. It's always important to keep it light and to have fun, but it's also important to reel it in and to focus to get the job done.
With that said, back to work I go. I'll keep things in the Patti Austin and Quincy Jones vein, and I'll leave you with a video of their remake of the Chaz Jankel song, "Ai No Corrida." Funky stuff.