I’m not sure how I feel about the use of sampling in music production; that is, the practice of taking a clip from a song and editing it into a new piece. Sometimes I think like it’s the equivalent of plagiarism, in other words, a ripoff, and indeed it’s been a source of lawsuits in the past, and no doubt will be in the future.
But this morning, that belief was challenged somewhat as I resumed listening to the April 25 episode of BBC 6 Music’s Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on the BBC Sounds app (I haven’t mentioned Guy in a while, now, have I?). Garvey’s sister Becky, known on the program as “the Beckapedia,” gave an enlightening and entertaining segment on sampling, which ended with Guy spinning “Are You My Woman (Tell Me So),” by the Chicago, Illinois, USA foursome the Chi-Lites.
Here’s an excerpt of her comments on the notion of sampling as a homage to past artists, as an opportunity to teach younger folk about music history:
“(The Chi-Lites) peaked in their popularity in the early seventies with… and raucous R&B struts such as “Are you My Woman (Tell Me So).” It’s an amazing, infinitely sample-worthy track, full of wild percussion, outstanding vocals, and a brass riff that has since become the framework for one of the biggest tracks of the ‘noughties.’ Now I know the one I prefer, but whichever song gets you grooving, it has to be said that those horns are the stars of both tracks, and the sort of sample likely to draw younger fans back to the roots of music where there’s so much more to discover.”
As the song began, I immediately knew the big hit, from 2003, that the Beckapedia was talking about. Listen to today’s song, and let me know how long it takes you to recognize the sample and the song it was used in! (I will leave a note in the comments below, in case you are really stuck, but I am sure most of you will guess the song.)
“Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)” comes from the Chi-Lites’ 1970 album, I Like Your Lovin’ (Do You Like Mine?).
Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the audio for the song from the Chi-Lites YouTube topic channel:
Unofficial lyrics are courtesy of AZLyrics.com.