Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What's That Sound? Evil Knievel

A golden-era bigbeat sample for you this week, from Fatboy Slim favourite 'Evil Knievel' by Ceasefire & Deadly Avenger.

This tune completely rocks dancefloors. It did then and it does now. Relentless tough breaks, raw wah guitar, uplifting vocal shouts, growling bass and a storming main groove.

But where does that groove come from?

Well, in 1972, Quincy Jones worked on the soundtrack to a movie called 'Dollar$', also known as 'The Heist' or 'Le Coup'.

The soundtrack was classic blaxploitation fodder: moody, suspenseful, rugged and funky. The standout tracks were called 'Money Runner' and 'Money Is', which were released together on a 45, and it was the former that went on to become the blueprint for Evil Knievel.

Ceasefire & Deadly Avenger - Evil Knievel

Quincy Jones - Money Runner

Copies of the Money Is/Money Runner 7" still change hands, and the soundtrack to Dollar$/The Heist/The Coup is still available after a re-release in 2001. Neither of them are cheap though. Expect to pay US $15+ for the single and around $30 for the full soundtrack.

Until next time, keep your fingers dusty and your grooves clean.

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