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I was at the gym last night, and a song came on that was vaguely familiar. It was a dance song, and the familiar part occurred only during the chorus. I wobbled with distraction trying to figure out who they were sampling. I made an effort to memorize the lyrics (something about “dance the night away”) so that I could look it up later. But then right as the song faded, I figured it out! They were remixing Sun City Girls! Specifically, “The Shining Path” from their 1990 album, Torch of the Mystics.

This struck me as the most bizarre thing ever. Sun City Girls were an experimental psych band with a tendency toward pastiche. Many of their albums are annoyingly hard to find (especially the singles). But Torch of the Mystics is their most well-regarded (and most accessible) album… so who knows, maybe this dance/house artist happened across it and decided to sample it?

The Shining Path is my favorite song on the album – and it’s certainly the catchiest – but I’d never taken the time to dig into its background. Like many of their songs, it uses the sounds/melodies/instruments from some far off, seemingly-exotic locale (but still, I assumed it was an original song). It begins with a old western-sounding whistle, accompanied by minimal guitar and drums, with expressive Spanish vocals. Some sort of pan flute carries between the verses.

The youtube comments for the song quickly revealed to me both the origin of the tune, and the dance revision. The original is a Bolivian folk song called Llorando se Fue, by Los Kjarkas (1981). It reached greater popularity in 1989 when it was remixed/gaffled by a French group called Kaoma. As you can see from that wiki entry, the song already had a rich history of dance hall remixes. The Sun City Girls version was recorded in 1988 and released in 1990. And then last year (2011) Jennifer Lopez remixed it in “her” song, On The Floor. I was hearing the J. Lo version at the gym, of course.

Here are all four versions. And scroll down for some bonus pictures of Sun City Girls.

The original lambada, Llorando se Fue (1982):

Kaoma – Lambada (1989):

Sun City Girls – The Shining Path (1990):

And Jennifer Lopez, ft Pitbull:

The Sun City Girls version is still my favorite. The original is a close second. J Lo’s version is terrible.

ryan

1-Minute Read

First off, here’s a ringtone. It takes a couple samples from the Tit Wrench song, Life Sucks, Do Me.

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And then I thought I would post the album this came from. Tit Wrench – Full Employment.

You might know them from the Fear of Smell compilation (that song, Self Storage, is on this album). I have a lot of trouble describing this band. They employ industrial-sounding drum machines, with driving beats, synthesized vocals, and lots of samples. They remind me of Leather Strip. But they have punk rock roots; their tone is upbeat and humorous, and Vinyl Communication put out their stuff. I’ve had this CD for a long long time.

m4a format:
-Download Tit Wrench-

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4-Minute Read

When I was in college I’d spend a few hours each Saturday working for the Santa Barbara Food Not Bombs. A bunch of us would meet up at a friend’s house, then we’d designate tasks – like going to the farmer’s market to ask farmers to donate veggies and stuff, food prep, cooking, etc – and spend a couple hours preparing a bunch of grub. I wasn’t an experienced cook, and I learned a lot during those sessions by staring at a mish-mash of different foods and trying to decide how exactly to cook them together to make a decent meal. It was also fun to hang out with friends, with a goal. Once the food…

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1-Minute Read

Yes, you probably have this already! But I was informed by a friend that the rips of this record that he was finding to download were ccrraappppyy. So I ripped it anew. Plus I scanned all the inserts.

palatka

Their music is frantic and frenzied, with multiple vocalists caught within a barrage of sound. Following the lyrics is crucial to appreciating this record. Like many bands from Gainesville, Florida in the late ’90s, their lyrics/messages focus a lot on being sincere and engaged and not materialistic and on NOT being like those other hardcore punks who are laming out the scene. Seriously! Those other people are ruining everything – so this is how we “take it back.”

It’s just a one-sided lp. No Idea put it out in 1999.

They remind me somewhat of Tem Eyos Ki.

Click here to listen to a track. (uh, sorry, I usually embed a player in the posts, but I had already uploaded this to a different folder… anyway.)

download Palatka – The End of Irony

ryan

2-Minute Read

Finally! I found the Summertime compilation online. The Snack Attack blog posted it. Thanks! That took way too many years, internet.

I owned this comp, but (as my comment on the blog I linked to says) I lent it to a friend’s bf, and he never gave it back. He also snagged my Ruhaeda CD and Party of Helicopters CD. Luckily I still had the vinyl for those two! But the Summertime comp was only released on CD. I still have the booklet.

This came out in 2000. If you’re looking for late ’90s / early ’00s screamy hardcore, this is a good comp for it. Personally, I think of it as the successor to the Israfel comp. Some notes: The Numbers Are Neutral and Off Minor songs are off their demos, and are great. (I’m not spotting much Numbers Are Neutral songs on the internet right now, and I have this demo, so I may try to transfer it at some point.) The Assistant‘s song is probably my favorite one off of their CD – the drumming is just freaking insane all the way through. Doesn’t Pg. 99’s singer always sound like he’s underwater? He does to me. Usurp Synapse blows minds, like usual. I like The Cable Car Theory’s track. I like those less-screamy vocals mixed with fast, shredding drums. I’ll try to check out more of their stuff. Did their members come from other bands I should know?

I downloaded (148mb) it from Snack Attack, and saw that it doesn’t have the scan of the booklet. So, I scanned it! And this is basically why I’m making this post – though I do think more people should check out this comp, as it may have slipped by you. Download the insert here (4.5mb PDF). Many of the bands have lyrics/info pages. And there’s some writing from the guy who put it out.

summertime comp cover

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Ache
Five Stars For Failure
Joshua Fit For Battle
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Landed
Lycosa
Neil Perry
Numbers Are Neutral
Off Minor
Pg. 99
Racebannon
The Assistant
The Awakened
The Cable Car Theory
The Keyboard Masters
The Scarlet Letter
The Vida Blue
Thursday
To Dream Of Autumn
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Founded 2005. Over the years I've posted writing, comics, ringtones, and stuff about maps, bikes, programming, pinball. And I had a robust music blog mostly about '90s hardcore punk (category = music).