Our post earlier this month about songs that should never be covered again got us thinking about the other great source of musical clichédom — overused samples. Unlike some old-school curmudgeonly types, we have nothing against sampling per se; indeed, the rise of sample-based music has arguably been the most important musical development of the past three decades or so. But here’s the thing — the inherently creative thing about using a sample is how you use it. If you’d been the first person to spot the potential of the Amen break or the synth melody from “Trans-Europe Express,” and the first to use it in an interesting and creative manner, then you’d have deserved all the acclaim that came your way. If, however, you’re the 57835532th producer to use the same “idea,” then there’s a problem. With that in mind, ten samples we’re sick of hearing are after the jump.
George Clinton – “Atomic Dog”
Pretty much all of Parliament/Funkadelic’s output has been sampled to death, but perhaps none so much as George Clinton’s 1982 track “Atomic Dog.” You’ll know it best as the underpinning for Snoop Dogg’s “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” – Snoop basically lifted the bass line and the entire chorus for his breakthrough solo single – but “Atomic Dog” also turns up in tracks by everyone from Herbie Hancock to Insane Clown Posse. And Ice Cube seems particularly fond of it, having borrowed sections for at least three of his tracks.