The Spin on Original and Sampled Tracks

Hosts, Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell, connect the musical dots between legendary tracks and the often lesser-known songs they sampled. Uncover how these epic songs borrow from music of the past, enriching the musical landscape for generations to come.

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Born to Express Yourself

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Back long before Stefani Germanotta became Lady Gaga, Madonna was, well, Madonna. Joe and Toby examine how the Madonna song “Express Yourself” was inspiration — and some might argue more than that — for Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”. Both artists have made an enormous impact on the pop culture landscape, extending their reach far beyond music. Madonna has done it for decades, and time will tell if Lady Gaga has the same staying power.

What we geek out over in this episode:
Like a Prayer, the Pope watching MTV, Gospel singer Andrae Crouch, Queen and Radio Ga Ga, Siri autocorrect, David Bowie, Fame, children’s audiobooks, LA Reid’s biggest mistake, Akon, Boney M and Ma Baker, Vittorio Monit’s “Csardas”, Grace Jones, May Day, 007, throwing shade.

Bonus Material: “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie

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