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Sunday Samples 275

May 6, 2012

Okay, there’s another reason that last week I pulled out both “Trans-Europe Express” and “Nummern” by Kraftwerk: both of them were sampled or referenced in “Planet Rock”, released thirty years ago by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force.

Seriously, go back and listen to them again. The melody line from “Trans-Europe Express” is obvious, but it takes a little more attention to pick out the drum line adapted from “Nummern”. If it’s not clear, enough, they quote the line counting in Japanese during the call-and-response section.

Of course, even the parts that aren’t lifted directly are heavily influenced by Kraftwerk’s style. And this sound became fundamental to the growing hip-hop movement, all traced back to the paradigmatic Krautrockers.

Party people, party people
Can y’all get funky?
Soul Sonic Force can y’ll get funky?
The Zulu Nation can y’ll get funky?
Just hit me, just taste the funk and hit me
Just get on down and hit me
Bambaataa’s gettin’ so funky, now, hit me
Just hit me

Start to chase your dreams
Up out your seats, make your body sway
Socialize, get down, let your soul lead the way
Shake it now, c’mon ladies, it’s a livin’ dream
Love life, live; come play the game,
Our world is free; do what you want but scream

We know a place where the nights are hot
It is a house of funk
Females and males both headed all for the disco
The D. J. plays your favorite blasts
Takes you back to the past, music’s magic (poof)
Bump bump bump get bump with some flash, people

Rock rock to the Planet Rock, don’t stop
Rock rock to the Planet Rock, don’t stop

The Soul Sonic Force, Mr. Biggs, Pow Wow and M. C. Globe
We emphasize the show, we got ego
Make this your night, just slip it right, and by day
As the people say, live it up, shucks
No work or play, our world is free be what you be, be

Rock rock to the Planet Rock, don’t stop
Rock rock to the Planet Rock, don’t stop

You’re in a place where the nights are hot
Where nature’s children dance and set a chance
On this Mother Earth, which is our rock
The time has come, and work for soul,
Show you really got soul
Are you ready hump bump bump, get bump, now let’s go, house

Twist and turn, the you let your body slide
You got the body rock and pop, bounce and pounce
Everybody just rock it, don’t stop it
Gotta rock it, don’t stop
Keep tickin’ and tockin’,
Work it all around the clock

Everybody keep rockin’ and clockin’
And shockin’ and rockin’, go house
Everybody say, rock it, don’t stop it (rock it, don’t stop it)
Well hit me, Mr. Biggs (Mr. Biggs)
Pow Wow (Pow Wow)
G-L-O-B-E (G-L-O-B-E)
The Soul Sonic Force

You gotta rock it, pop it, ’cause it’s the century
There is such a place that creates such a melody
Our world is but a land of a master jam, get up and dance
It’s time to chase your dreams
Up out your seats, make your body sway
Socialize, get down, let your soul lead the way
Shake it now, go ladies, it’s a livin’ dream
Love life, live

Everybody say, rock it, don’t stop it (rock it, don’t stop it)
Everybody say, shock it and pop it (shock it and pop it)
Everybody say, ichi ni san shi (ichi ni san shi)
Say, Planet Rock (Planet Rock)
It’s the sure shot (It’s the sure shot)
Say, Planet Rock (Planet Rock)
It’s the sure shot (It’s the sure shot)

So twist and turn, then you let your body glide
You got the body rock and pop, bounce and pounce
So hit me just taste the funk and hit me
Just get on down and hit me
Bambaataa’s gettin’ so funky, now hit me

Every piece of the world
Rate the message of the worlds
All men, women, boys, and girls,
Hey our Planet Rock is superb get on it
You got the groove, move
Feel the groove feel it
Do what ya want but ya know
Ya got to be cool and boogie
Out on the floor, go down

Bring it low close to the ground
Everybody just rock it, don’t stop it; gotta rock it, don’t stop
Keep tickin’ and tockin’; work it all around the clock
Everybody just rock it, don’t stop it; gotta rock it, don’t stop
Keep tickin’ and tockin’; work it all around the clock
Everybody gotta rock it, don’t stop it; gotta rock it, don’t stop
Gotta rock it, don’t stop it; gotta rock it, don’t stop
Gotta rock it, don’t stop it; gotta rock it, don’t stop
Gotta rock it, don’t stop it; gotta rock it, don’t stop
Gotta rock it, don’t stop it; gotta rock it, don’t stop
Gotta rock it, don’t stop it; gotta rock it, don’t stop
Gotta rock it, don’t stop it; gotta rock it, don’t stop
Gotta rock it, don’t stop it; gotta rock it, don’t stop

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