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I was walking back from the supermarket yesterday afternoon, listening to Doolittle. It’s an album I don’t listen to very often. Partly because I over-listened to it at the time, and partly because, well, it’s my least favourite. Not in a snobby way, just cos it was popular: I just prefer all the other albums. Anyway, during There Goes My Gun, there’s a tiny bit of background vocal that, when I was a teenager, often sounded like my mother was calling me from downstairs. This happened with a fair few records I seem to remember. I can only remember a couple of records with a sound like that now: the aforementioned Pixies song, and Egg Man by the Beastie Boys. The sound is in the background around 1m 30s into the Pixies song, and 1m 28s into Egg Man (9m 19s into the YouTube clip cos it’s the whole album). It’s Ad Rock saying something like “ray,” I think. But, it can’t be just me who hears things in songs like someone is calling them, right? Right…?

Written by Craig

May 28th, 2013 at 8:44 am

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  1. Right there with you. It’s interesting listening to your examples because I don’t hear them at all. I think it’s highly influenced by your actual name and the intonation your parents would use. Also it’s funny that it’s so obvious how these things get created. At least for me, it comes from listening to music loudly but never getting to be completely free of the possibility of my mom or dad trying to yell up the stairs at me. Spending your entire youth being on high alert for that possibility makes it very hard to let go of. Even though I’m 30. My dad’s was scariest possibly because it was more infrequent and normally meant he was legitimately mad at me about something.

    My name being Zach and my dad having a similar yell as the guy from the sample in “Cantaloop” makes the song hard to listen to. Every time the guy yells “Yeah” I hear “Zach!” Even testing it just now and I still hear my dad yelling up the stairs. Sad thing is I actually like the song. I know there are other examples but this is definitely the most obvious.



    28 May 13 at 13:56

  2. I’m realizing my example is silly because the sample is so heavily used that there’s no way it should sneak up on me but I think that’s what makes it so remarkable. Despite knowing that it is in the song over and over, I’m always afraid what if this time it was actually my dad. The other, more subtle ones are difficult because you can’t wait for the next one to confirm it was just the song.


    28 May 13 at 14:01

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