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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Pop Goes the Sledgehammer

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In this episode of Riffs on Riffs, Joe & Toby dive into one of the biggest hits, “Pop Goes The Weasel” (1991), from Brooklyn-based hip-hop trio 3rd Bass. Considered to be a ground-breaking group of the time in the 1980’s, 3rd Bass was a mixed-race rap group who broke out in a pre-Eminem rap world. Learn more about talented artists behind 3rd Bass and where they nabbed the sounds for their greatest chart topping hit song. Hint: He’s an iconic English musician who can really bring the Sledgehammer.

What we geek out over in this episode: The life and music of English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, Genesis, “Solsbury Hill” (1977), “In Your Eyes” (1986), hip-hop group 3rd Bass: MC Serch, Prime Minister Pete Nice, and DJ Richie Rich, Henry Rollins, The Who’s “Eminence Front” (1982), Stevie Wonder’s “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” (1974), “Back to the Grill” (1992), and Non-Phixion’s “Black Helicopters” (2004).

Bonus Material: Who Sampled Phil Collins’ mega-hit and iconic drum fill from “In the Air Tonight”?

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