Sunday, June 14, 2009

ROCK Sex: Rolling Stones>The Clash>Garbage

ROCK Sex is about how everyone's input in music expands it. Yesterday I gave the example of a single song, "Train Kept A-Rollin," being redefined by each person who relayed it on. But today is an example of how two different songs lead to a third song.

The Rolling Stones did "Stupid Girl" (I know, I know, don't shoot me for their message)...

The Rolling Stones - "Stupid Girl" (1966)


The Clash later made "Train In Vain"...

The Clash -"Train In Vain"
(1979)

(Tangent: certain aspects of this song remind me of the chorus structure of Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom", which coincidentally uses the phrase 'rollin' stone')


And Garbage combined the sentiment of the Stones song with the sampled beat of the Clash song for something new in this big hit...

Garbage- "Stupid Girl"
(1995)



There are some bands who are wizards at this kind of pop alchemy. Everyone synthesizes their influences, of course, but some take clear markers and make new paths right in front of you; like Garbage, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Portishead, Elastica, or Peaches.

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