By no particular intentional design, this is my 150th post according to the WordPress dashboard thing. That would mean that I’ve written an average of 2.5 posts a week since initially putting this place together, and I really didn’t think I was that productive. This post has been sitting in my draft folder for a while, festering while I try to ignore it but with a milestone approaching I must rid myself if the millstone around my neck.
It started coincidentally enough because I was looking through some older posts, and Smith & Mighty stuck out somehow leading me down a smoky alley to their remix of Beats International’s Dub Be Good To Me.
Stepping back a bit from there to before Beats International, Norman Cook’s initial post Housemartins work appeared under his own name as a double A side single with two distinctly different vocal styles. The lead track was Blame It On The Bassline featuring the vocals of Wildski, based on the Jackson 5’s Blame It On The Boogie, and sampling Chic’s Good Times and Matt Bianco’s Wap Bam Boogie, which I referenced earlier in the week. Wildski later produced the Tears For Fears sampling Warrior, but didn’t really seem to find the UK rap niche that was bubbling under and is perhaps indirectly responsible for the Stereo MCs and Dizzie Rascal.
The AA Side of this release was provided by an artist more known for his indie output and general Peel friendliness, Billy Bragg providing a kind of falsetto voice for Won’t Talk About It, and this is why I stumbled on the London remix of Sexuality earlier in the week.
Anyway, back to dubbegoodtome. Dub Be Good To Me is a cover of The SOS Band – Just Be Good To Me and makes use of the bassline from The Clash – Guns Of Brixton. The vocals were supplied by Lindy Layton, who later went on to form Hardknox on Skint but I might be getting ahead of myself there. Post tag fly boss walk jam nitty gritty, Lindy released a cover of Silly Games featuring the vocals of Janet Kaye who had an earlier hit with the same track.
Following the release of Dub Be Good To Me, The Clash track was remixed by Jeremy Healy of one time Haysi Fantayzee success and Ezee Possee infamy and released as Return to Brixton.
To try and get back to the loosely defined subject of this post, there is a Smith & Mighty remix of the Tica reprise of Rock The Casbah. Whatever that is.
Double Trouble & The Rebel MC – Street Tuff (Norman Cook remix) : Which starts with a rhythm very similar to that which used to introduce the cricket on BBC2 and also samples Shaft.
Fatboy Slim – Song For Lindy.
All of this said, I still can’t seem to find the one Beats International track I was thinking of though, I think it might have come from the For Spacious Lies 12″ and it ends in a looped locked groove.