10 of the Unlikeliest Samples in Music

The Big Pink’s new album Future This is out this week, and the fact that they’ve sampled Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman” on one of their new tracks got us thinking about other unlikely samples in the world of music. Of course, The Big Pink have been on the other end of the sampling equation, too — in an equally unlikely piece of inspiration, Nicki Minaj sampled their track “Dominoes” for her song “Girls Fall Like Dominoes.” As unexpected as both these pieces of sampling were, though, they still pale in comparison to some of the truly outlandish examples from the world of music over the last 20 years or so. Like the ones you’ll find after the jump, for instance.

Eminem — “Stan”

Samples: Dido — “Thank You”

The gold standard for unlikely samples, in which Eminem takes the first verse from Dido’s wetter-than-a-lemonade-sandwich ballad “Thank You” and turns it into the centerpiece of a thoroughly creepy narrative about an obsessed fan who ends up murdering his girlfriend and throwing himself off a bridge. When Marshall Mathers was good, he was really good.