Sample This!

Tonight I finally watched the 2012 documentary Sample This, which delves into the story of the making, and the impact of the 1972 track “Apache” by the Incredible Bongo Band (more accurately “Michael Viner’s Incredible Bongo Band). A cover itself of a 1960 record by Burt Weedon (almost simultaneously covered by pre-Beatles British rock stars […]

Imprinting on a version of a song

While I was housecleaning today, a playlist brought along the original 1970 version of the Kinks’ “Lola,” which I hadn’t heard in a while. (Yes, I understand the song is problematic.) I’d forgotten how relatively gentle an arrangement it was, probably because I was first exposed to the song by the 1980 harder-rocking live “One […]