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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The Edge of Police Booty

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Stevie Nicks – the woman who has dominated the music scene for almost four decades as the front woman of Fleetwood Mac and chart-topping solo artist – bow to her we must. Especially for bringing us the heart pounding 80’s hit, “Edge of Seventeen” with that stylish intro guitar riff. Joe and Toby trace the origins of this song back to a legendary English rock band that everyone will recognize. Yet, not everyone knows that the iconic sound from Stevie's infamous track was actually sampled from this famed mystery group. Even Destiny’s Child takes this riff for a spin in today's podcast.

What we geek out over in this episode: “White Reggae,” sting operations, drum sounds of the 70’s, and Kelly Rowland.

Bonus Material: Mondegreens and the Queen’s weeyoos.

Note to Mondegreen Beginner: “I pledge a legion to the frog of the United States of America, and to the wee puppet for witch’s hands. One Asian, in the vestibule, with little tea and just rice for all.”

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