The Names Have Been Changed To Protect The Innocent

In 1987 and 1988 the art of making records from samples of other people’s records went overground. Following M/A/R/R/S’s chart topper Pump Up The Volume in 1987 Tim Simenon’s one man band Bomb The Bass went to number 2 in the UK (using some of the same samples). Beat Dis borrowed from a multitude of sources, some 80s hip hop- Public Enemy, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, EPMD, Schoolly D- and also from other sources- James Brown, Bar-Kays, Indeep, Prince, Hashim, Aretha Franklin, Jayne Mansfield and various TV programmes, notably Thunderbirds and Dragnet. It was inventive, exciting and new, making something fresh and new from familiar (and unfamiliar) sounds. A year later S’Express pulled off a similar trick. Unbelievably I haven’t posted anything by Bomb The Bass in the seven and a half years before this post.

Beat Dis (Extended Dis)

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