Who was 24-Carat Black?

Hosts Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell take a hard look at legendary tracks of the past and present, connecting the dots on the music they sample and the songs that inspired them. Join us for Season 3, where Riffs takes a deep dive into the tragic world of 24-Carat Black, the band everyone has heard, but nobody has heard of.

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Look, You Made Me Too Sexy

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Whether you love this song or hate it, it’s impossible not to sing along to the catchy Taylor Swift chorus, “Look What You Made Me Do.” And the reason for this is pretty clear... From the moment she exclaims “ooh!” and barrels into the taunting token chorus, the words to another song start to come to mind - or, are unearthed from deep inside your subconscious memory from the 90’s hit movie Encino Man. Either way, this is not a conspiracy people - the T-Swizzle team snatched a popular rhythm (legally, that is!) and turned it into a song that broke the record for the most plays in a single day on Spotify.

In this episode, Joe and Toby dive into the rhythmic elements from Taylor’s 2017 hit single off her Reputation album and then hop into a musical time machine: From pop princess to a 90’s British Europop duo and all the way back to Woodstock, again. It’s an exciting exploration of music sampling that pinpoints three genres and spans across three different decades of music’s most iconic artists.

What we geek out over in this episode: The Female Preacher, Bobby Byrd, The Animals, flippin’ the Stratocaster, and (with great enthusiasm) Taylor Swift feuds.

Bonus Material: Woo! Yeah! break from Lyn Collins’ 1972 recording "Think (About It)" was sampled over 2000 times in music. We just take a look at a few: Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock, Alanis Morissette, Boyz II Men, The Black Eyed Peas and more.

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Episode 4: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Episode 3: It All Falls Apart

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Episode 2: Living the Dream?

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Episode 1: The Origins of 24-Carat Black

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