Monday, March 31, 2014

Goth invented in Memphis (and other places too)!

I came across Travis Wammack's "Scratchy" for the first time last night on The Sound of the City: Memphis, compiled by the late Charlie Gillett. A great novelty record (how many ungreat ones are there?), this 1964 not-quite-instrumental features a break with a vocal phrase that's recorded forward and backward and sounds like gibberish both ways. Even more exciting, Daniel Ash ripped off the main guitar riff for "Bela Lugosi's Dead." Compare:
But upon locating youtubes, I learned that "Scratchy" was a ripoff of Mel Tormé's "Comin' Home Baby," itself a vocal version of a cut by The Dave Bailey Quintet and soon recorded by Herbie Mann. And then Immortal Technique sampled the latter on "N Me Importa" and then...

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