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WHO FLOPPED IT BETTER? – “Love to Love You”

February 25, 2011

The Love Goes Around...

Welcome to Who Flopped It Better? A recurring segment here where we look at a sample used in a variety of rap songs and determine who indeed flopped it better? This week we look at “Love to Love You” by Donna Summer!

Donna Summer – “Love to Love You” (1975)

Donna Summer’s first disco hit in America. A midst a successful disco career in Europe, Summer suggested the line “I love to love you” to songwriter Giorgio Moroder who flushed the concept out into a full song that went to number one on the dance charts. Its infectious bassline has lived on, being used in three particularly different ways.

Digital Underground – “Freaks of the Industry” (1989)

Off the group’s celebrated debut Sex Packets, “Freaks of the Industry” maintains Summer’s sultriness to the point making the bassline come off almost sinister in its seduction.

Eyedea and Abilities – “Big Shots” (1999)

On the other hand, here we have DJ Abilities’ minimalist stripping of the sample to just the isolated bass, giving an authoritative thump for celebrated battle champ Eyedea to lop character study punchlines over.

Run-DMC – “Degeneration X” (2000)

Finally we have the Run-DMC reworking of the “Degeneration X” theme, a reworking of “Love to Love You” if it was performed by Rage Against the Machine. It’s a puzzling song that really dates Run as, despite being the entrance music for wrestling’s preeminent counter-culture degenerates, Run spends the first verse lecturing rappers who sampled him without asking permission and then threatening to sue them. Tough talk from a man who spent his first four albums not clearing a single sample at all.

So the question arises, who do you think flopped it better?

Until next time…let’s agree to agree!

Wrestlers on the Arsenio Hall Show!

August 17, 2010

Do Hard-hitting Journalists Hit Hard?

As I’ve mentioned before on this site, I have a certain love for the sheer absurdity of professional wrestling. Nowhere else on television can you see such a blatant disregard for taste and logic in hopes of entertainment. The, for lack of a better word, “culture” of wrestling really exists within its own self-contained vacuum. While the cat is out of the bag today in regard to wrestling being fakey-playfighting, there was once a time when making the media rounds to promote an event had to pussyfoot around the squared-circle showcasing legit athletic competition with real conflict and drama. This is all well and good when you have someone like Hulk Hogan, an overly friendly bodybuilder, or Randy Savage, a…um…cowboy/cokehead/jerked meat enthusiast(?), to banter with, but what about wrestling’s less subtle characters? Chances are, these worlds will abruptly collide and it won’t be pretty. Lucky for us, the early 90s had Arsenio Hall to act as our avatar to the wacky world of ‘rasslin’ and ask the burning questions on everybody’s mind.

BAD NEWS BROWN

For those who don’t remember, Bad News Brown was a bad dude from Harlem whose finisher was known as the “Ghetto Blaster.” He was as nasty and brackish as they came, so imagine the captivated nation when it seemed, during his feud with Jake Roberts, that Brown might suffer from Ophidiophobia? Hall’s pre-interview giggle is only the tip of the Awesomeberg.

‘RAVISHING’ RICK RUDE

The late Rick Rude, joined by his manager and my journalism professor Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan, didn’t really get along with Arsenio. While barbs were traded back-and-forth, the real highlight of the clip is the end where Rude does arguably the most accurate Arsenio Hall impression ever televised. Yes, that aired.

THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR

There’s two things Americans love: loud yelling and very fast violence. In the early 90s, there was no better source of testosterone to give the public what they wanted than obnoxious queer-hater The Ultimate Warrior. There are no words.

We give Wrestlers on Arsenio Hall a Four Out of Five

So until next time…let’s agree to agree!


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