Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Pulling a Kaavya Part II: Valentine's Day Edition

Yes, it's been over a year since I last promised to continue in my series of posting mashups based on songs shamelessly swiped from other works, but I've been waiting for a response from Anand-Milind regarding my allegation that they stole not only from the Muppet Babies, but in doing so, the very innocence of my childhood.

Jerks.

Anyways, today's bit of plagiarized musical pleasure come courtesy of Keni Burke, swiped by The Mary Jane Girls, and mashed together by yours truly. Though credited to Rick James, "All Night Long" bears an uncanny resemblance to a lesser-known song released by Keni two years prior. "Rising to the Top" promptly disappeared after it's release, but it's unmistakable bassline and overt pro-lovemaking stance was somehow found and repackaged into the girl group's debut album. The Rick James-produced track became a big hit, it's appeal lasting long after it disappeared from the charts: All Night Long became a perennial sampler's favorite and provided the backbone for numerous hip hop classics, including LL Cool J's "Around the Way Girl," Big Daddy Kane's "Smooth Operator," and Mary J Blige's "Mary Jane/All Night Long." Redman liked the track so much he used it thrice: Tonight's the Night, "Can't Wait," and the highly educational "How to Roll a Blunt" all use cuts from the song. On the other hand, Keni Burke's track, once relegated to the brightly colored dustbin of soul-funk history, has made a minor resurgence among crate-diggers and after dusting off a copy, dropping it on the turntable, and immediately noticing the similarities, I had to blend it with All Night Long. I only hope that the reader, before knocking chappals tonight with his/her respective habibi, puts on and appreciates this unwitting duet between two 80's proponents of getting it on.

DJ Drrrty Poonjabi - Rising to The Top, All Night Long

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3 Comments:

Blogger Radhika said...

you should do this more often. me likey.
however, for some reason, i don't think sarah silverman is funny. i've youtubed her and everything, but she just doesn't make me laugh.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Radhika said...

hannah montana? you're joking, right? trust me, i have better taste than THAT.
and fine, i'll watch jesus is magic.
"i'm fucking matt damon" didn't do anything for me; hopefully jesus will.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Radhika said...

like i said. i'm better than that. i'm not getting married anytime soon. :)

5:17 PM  

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