Lily Allen – Alright, Steal

0 Posted by - Sep 27, 2006 - News and MP3s

For all the Lily Allen fan’s who still seem to flock to the site here’s a little compilation for you to grab.
Its the originals of all the tracks Lily samples on her “Alright, Still” album, and a few others that may or may not have been influences. Hold on to your rib cage while I tell you its called “Alright, Steal“… I know don’t give up the day job!

For the record I’m not critising Lily or her producers for sampling, this is not a negative post. Hopefully her use of a selection of wonderful old reggae and soul tracks might introuce that music to a new generation.  Many of the samples were recreated for the finished record – I believe (correct me if Im wrong) that this is done to save money, its cheaper to give songwriting credit than an actual chunk of someones record.

If I’ve missed any samples or you think I should add a track please leave a comment.

To download the compilation click on the link at the end of the post. It contains all the MP3’s and artwork.

Also here’s a tasty South London remix of LDN by Hard-fi’s tour DJ WrongTom

Lily Allen – “STH LDN” (MP3) (click don’t right click)

For more Lily MP3’s, videos and pics try my previous posts Lily Allen @ Bush Hall & Lily @ yOyO.

If you’re a Lily fan can I strongly advise you listen to Adele (here). “Daydreamer” will break your heart.

Littlest Things1. Pierre Bachelet & Herve Roy
“Emmanuelle In The Mirror”

Littlest Things”… well it’s an obvious Cat Stevens steal surely?? Apparently not, it’s actually based on two tracks from the Soundtrack to Sylvia Kristel’s 70’s soft-core porno classic Emmanuelle.
Pierre Bachelet (1944 – 2005) (co-writer with musical director Herve Roy) was a French singer-songwriter specialising in dreamy romantic vocals. Lily uses “Emmanuelle in the Mirror” and an instrumental version of the title theme, minus Pierre’s whispered voice.

Director Just Jaeckin (both a name and a descriptive term for what most 70’s teenagers did while watching) was asked by dvdmaniacs why he chose Pierre Bachelet to write the score?

How did you choose Pierre Bachelet to write the score?
I did a small TV fashion series, and Pierre was involved in putting some music into the finished project. We became friends, and when I finished Emmanuelle we talked to some very good musicians and singers to work on the score. They would all say no, we don’t want to be involved in an erotic film, so I told Pierre he had to do the music himself (Serge Gainsbourg turned it down, later regretting the decision when the single sold millions). We pushed him to sing the song, and when we heard him sing the first time, we said it was perfect.

Alright, Steal
2. The Soul Brothers
“Free Soul”

On “Smile” the wonderful summer ska sound and keyboards are taken from “Free Soul“, a 1969 track by The Soul Brothers.

Produced by the legendary Coxsone Dodd, with piano from Studio One’s very own Keyboard King Jackie Mittoo, it’s certainly an inspired choice to pilfer.

Alright, Steal
3. Professor Longhair
“Big Chief”

Taking a break from rifling through old reggae compilations for samples, “Knock ‘Em Out” finds Lily heading to New Orleans and snatching some Mardi Gras magic courtesy of the “Big Chief”.
Saint Henry Roeland Byrd, Fess, “the Picasso of keyboard funk” the list of Professor Longhair’s (1918-1980) aka’s and nom de plumes are almost as huge as his reputation and influence. Known for his unique piano playing style, creating entire solos on a limited range of notes “Big Chief” is one of his signature tunes, and no compilation of New Orleans funk would be complete without this track.

Home of the groove has a short history of the track:

“In 1964, songwriter/performer Earl King and arranger/bandleader Wardell Quezergue brought Fess into the studio to record “Big Chief”, which King had written years earlier. They surprised Fess, who hadn’t been active in a while, with a big session, including a large horn section. As it turned out, the song ended up being about five minute long and was split up on the A and B sides of the record, with Part 1 being instrumental, and Part 2 having Earl King singing the lyrics and whistling as the song faded. While King wrote the lyrics and the basic song structure, I am sure it was Professor Longhair who devised the finger-tangling piano riff that few people other than he could ever play well. Also, it is said that, in rehearsal, Fess showed drummer Smokey Johnson the syncopated beat he wanted by playing it on a cardboard box.”

Alright, Steal
4. Lord Kitchener
“London Is the Place for Me”

London Is the Place for Me” is not actually sampled by Lily, but I’m sure she’ll have heard it before, and for me at least it’s the “LDN” of its era. It’s possible to draw a lyrical line back from Lily Allen to Kitcheners tales of London fifty years ago.
Calypso star Lord Kitchener (real name was Aldwyn Roberts) arrived in 1948 on the SS Empire Windrush with the first wave of West Indian migrants invited to work in post war Britain.

Newsreel footage of the time has Kitchener on the docks brimming with optimism, and singing “I’ve been travelling to places years ago, but this is the place I want to know.” It’s a giddy tribute to a city he had never lived in before, with a piano evocatively recreating the chimes of Big Ben.
It’s so upbeat and positive it seems churlish to note that by 1952 he was singing “I regret the day I leave sweet Jamaica, if I had wings like an airplane, I would fly to that blessed country again.“, and he returned disillusioned to Trinidad in 1962. Kitch did however enjoy massive success in England, with Princess Margaret known to be one of his biggest fans.

Alright, Steal
5. Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
“Reggae Merengue”

Lily’s love of vintage reggae must be putting a huge grin on the Trojan Records accounts department. LDN’s trademark horn stabs are lifted wholesale from the glorious calypso of “Reggae Merenge” by Tommy McCook & The Supersonics.
Tommy McCook (1927 – 1998) was quite simply a bonafide Jamaican legend whose trademark tenor sax blessed many a reggae classic. A founding member of The Skatalites, who as in-house band for Coxsone Dodds Studio One created the ska sounds for groups like The Wailers, The Ethiopians and The Maytals.
After the Skatalites split, McCook went on to form the “Supersonics” for Coxsone’s deadly rival Duke Reid and his Treasure Isle Studio. As band leader and musical arranger he oversaw a string of hits for the label, as well as helping to develop Rock Steady and Reggae, having already overseen the birth of Ska with the Skatelites.

Darker Than Blue history of Tommy McCook

Alright, Steal
6. Pierre Bachelet & Herve Roy
“Theme from Emmanuelle (Instrumental)”

Littlest Things” samples the instrumental version of Pierre Bachelet’s dreamy title music to the 1970’s soft-core classic, as well as the previously mentioned “Emmanelle in the Mirror”.

Wikipedia on Emmanuele

Review of the soundtrack

Alright, Steal
7. John Holt
“For The Love Of You (Original version)”

“Friend of Mine” takes its hammond keys and summer reggae-lite feel from John Holts “For The Love of You”, or at least I think it does as the history of reggae features more than a few covers of this Isley Brothers original.

For non Reggae fans John Holt is perhaps most famous for cover versions, his covers album “1,000 Volts of Holt” remains one of the biggest selling reggae albums of all time. His version of Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It through the Night” made the top 10 in the UK. Returning the favour Blondie had a huge hit with a cover of “The Tide Is High” originally recorded by John as a member of “The Paragons”.

For The Love of You” does feature on “1000 Volts of Holt” but in a slightly different version to the one Lily samples (I think). In order to make them more palatable to the UK market and more likely to get airplay, Trojan Records frequently overdubbed lush strings to the Jamaican master tapes.

Released towards the end of 1973 the original was produced at Vincent “Randy” Chin’s Studio 17 by Chins son Clive with backing by the In-Crowd. It’s a straight up summer anthem, as X says a “masterful interpretation and the epitome of Jamaican soul”. Holt’s voice is simply stunning, and the beat coupled with killer keyboard work adds up to make this an irresistible reggae soul classic.

The History of “For The Love Of You”

Pics & story of Studio 17

Alright, Steal
8. Origin Unknown
“Valley of the Shadows”

Cheryl Tweedy“, the b-side to “Smile” liberally steals from one of the biggest drum & bass tracks of all time “Valley of the Shadows” by Origin Unknown.

Created in 1993 by a 15 year old Andy C (Andrew Clarke) and his mate Ant Miles, it took its famous “long dark tunnel” sample from a BBC QED documentary featuring a woman s near death experience during labour (along with that old chestnut Lyn Collins “Think” for the drums). It’s a dark-core jungle style track with heavy breakbeats and twisted synth hooks… a repeated “31 seconds loop” was taken from one of the NASA Space missions.

Interview with Andy C about “Valley of the Shadows”.

Alright, Steal
9. 50 Cent
“Window Shopper”

Taken from 2005’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin” Soundtrack Fiddys “Window Shopper” is warped into one of Lilys best and certainly funniest tracks “Nan, you’re a Window Shopper”. Almost every line is parodied, so 50’s “nigga when we rollin’, rollin’, rollin'” becomes There’s a leak in your colostomy bag… It’s got a hole in hole in hole in…“. Its essentially a cover version just with lyrics guaranteed to make you grin.

mhmbd
10. Bob Marley & The Wailers
“Burnin’ & Lootin'”

Technically I’m not sure if Lily samples this, but it’s certainly the basis for 50 Cents original “Window Shopper”. Scratch magazine found it: “a little strange to hear Bob Marley’s signature anthem for insurrection being used by 50 Cent to brag about blasting thieves and sexing freaks. However, C. Styles and Sire seem to find the original natty dread’s “Burnin’ and Lootin’” (from Burnin’, 1973) the right inspiration for a slicked-up interpolation which shines up the original songs keys with a brighter, lighter touch”.

Alright, Steal
11. The Specials
“Blank Expression”

“Friday Night” certainly has a darker Specialsy “Ghost Town” feel to it, but I’ve included “Blank Expression” (from their 1979 debut album) instead as Lily covers it for an “itunes only” bonus album track. Terry Hall is the master of taking rocking Jamaican rhythms and undercutting them with a world weary, bathetic, English drone, while Lily at her best carries on Hall’s fine tradition of white boy or should I say girl reggae.

Download the album as a zip here. Download the art work by visiting here. Thanks to stop.me for the art (and please let me know if it works?)

109 Comments

  • stereogum Sep 27, 2006 - 8:29 pm Reply

    Behind The Music: Lily Allen…

    Head to Music Like Dirt for a zip of the original songs sampled on Alright, Still “and a few others that may or may not have been influences.” I had no idea I liked vintage reggae so much. Thanks Idolator……

  • kier Sep 27, 2006 - 8:47 pm Reply

    It's not working…

  • kier Sep 27, 2006 - 7:47 pm Reply

    It’s not working…

  • kier Sep 27, 2006 - 7:47 pm Reply

    just kidding…

  • kier Sep 27, 2006 - 9:47 pm Reply

    just kidding…

  • Christina Sep 27, 2006 - 9:06 pm Reply

    This is terrific. Thank you

  • Christina Sep 27, 2006 - 11:06 pm Reply

    This is terrific. Thank you

  • Blonei Sep 28, 2006 - 12:51 am Reply

    Yeah man it totally works!

    What a great read & some great tracks. I especially like that Lily sampled the THEME from EMMANUELLE. I think that's just hilarious.

    Thanks so much!

  • Blonei Sep 27, 2006 - 11:51 pm Reply

    Yeah man it totally works!

    What a great read & some great tracks. I especially like that Lily sampled the THEME from EMMANUELLE. I think that’s just hilarious.

    Thanks so much!

  • musiclikedirt Sep 28, 2006 - 12:14 pm Reply

    cheers for the comment Blonei and Christina 🙂 and Kier you had me going for a second there (shakes fist angrily)

  • musiclikedirt Sep 28, 2006 - 11:14 am Reply

    cheers for the comment Blonei and Christina 🙂 and Kier you had me going for a second there (shakes fist angrily)

  • tom Sep 28, 2006 - 11:29 am Reply

    you’re god !!! nice work!!

  • tom Sep 28, 2006 - 1:29 pm Reply

    you're god !!! nice work!!

  • […] Hip? Ja. Zomers? Ja. Een hit? Ja. Gepikt? Ook wel een beetje… […]

  • dan le sac Sep 29, 2006 - 3:54 pm Reply

    dope, downright dope…always loved Lord Kitchener, his turn of phrase is really simple but got this quirky thing going on, likes it muchly….nice work mld

  • dan le sac Sep 29, 2006 - 2:54 pm Reply

    dope, downright dope…always loved Lord Kitchener, his turn of phrase is really simple but got this quirky thing going on, likes it muchly….nice work mld

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  • tricolores Sep 30, 2006 - 12:32 am Reply

    Great job. Question tho… is the Origin Unknown sample from a particular remix? Pulled out the original 12″ and listened to the one in your zip and just can’t hear it. Was more suprised thhat you didn’t liknk that one to the Specials “Friday Night” as she lifts that song entirely on Cheryl Tweedy.

  • tricolores Sep 30, 2006 - 2:32 am Reply

    Great job. Question tho… is the Origin Unknown sample from a particular remix? Pulled out the original 12" and listened to the one in your zip and just can't hear it. Was more suprised thhat you didn't liknk that one to the Specials "Friday Night" as she lifts that song entirely on Cheryl Tweedy.

  • musiclikedirt Sep 30, 2006 - 6:43 am Reply

    The Cheryl Tweedy one was just the demo/or mix tape version and I have to admit I havnt heard the version that came out for real… will have to dig it out. Perhaps it was only used on demo???

    As for “Friday Night”… completly missed that one 🙂 will have to go hunt my Specials selection to have a listen. cheers

    Dan Le Sac – Thanks.. Lord Kitchener is excellent… my wifes nightie is the work of genius. nice new scroob track btw

  • musiclikedirt Sep 30, 2006 - 8:43 am Reply

    The Cheryl Tweedy one was just the demo/or mix tape version and I have to admit I havnt heard the version that came out for real… will have to dig it out. Perhaps it was only used on demo???

    As for "Friday Night"… completly missed that one 🙂 will have to go hunt my Specials selection to have a listen. cheers

    Dan Le Sac – Thanks.. Lord Kitchener is excellent… my wifes nightie is the work of genius. nice new scroob track btw

  • thigh master Oct 1, 2006 - 5:05 pm Reply

    i owe u lunch in the park

    al fresco stizz

  • thigh master Oct 1, 2006 - 7:05 pm Reply

    i owe u lunch in the park

    al fresco stizz

  • Del Oct 2, 2006 - 8:06 pm Reply

    Wicked stuff. Some fantastic tunes in there, unquestionably. Can’t fault the samples, wonderful to hear them in their original, unLilyfied versions. And any fans of Massive Attack’s Protection LP might recognise a chunk of the lyrics on the Specials track.

    Thanks for this.

  • SwissToni Oct 2, 2006 - 8:41 pm Reply

    nice one, and thanks to Del for the tip-off

    ST

  • Del Oct 2, 2006 - 10:06 pm Reply

    Wicked stuff. Some fantastic tunes in there, unquestionably. Can't fault the samples, wonderful to hear them in their original, unLilyfied versions. And any fans of Massive Attack's Protection LP might recognise a chunk of the lyrics on the Specials track.

    Thanks for this.

  • SwissToni Oct 2, 2006 - 10:41 pm Reply

    nice one, and thanks to Del for the tip-off

    ST

  • Trixie Oct 2, 2006 - 11:30 pm Reply

    Yeah Delface.

    But thanks dude, sweet idea!

  • Trixie Oct 3, 2006 - 1:30 am Reply

    Yeah Delface.

    But thanks dude, sweet idea!

  • Guuzbourg Oct 4, 2006 - 8:33 am Reply

    Thanks so much! Was looking for that SoulBrothers track. Excellent info too.

  • Guuzbourg Oct 4, 2006 - 10:33 am Reply

    Thanks so much! Was looking for that SoulBrothers track. Excellent info too.

  • headphonesex Oct 4, 2006 - 11:28 am Reply

    Great job! Looking forward to giving this a listen.

    One song heavily samples ‘No No No’ by Dawn Penn. But I can’t remember offhand which one…. I think it’s ‘Shame for You’ (the one that goes ‘oh my god you must be joking me, if you think that you’ll be poking me’)

    Either way, that’s a great song for a mix tape!

  • headphonesex Oct 4, 2006 - 1:28 pm Reply

    Great job! Looking forward to giving this a listen.

    One song heavily samples 'No No No' by Dawn Penn. But I can't remember offhand which one…. I think it's 'Shame for You' (the one that goes 'oh my god you must be joking me, if you think that you'll be poking me')

    Either way, that's a great song for a mix tape!

  • Kevin Oct 4, 2006 - 5:39 pm Reply

    It doesn’t seem to work for me – it creates a folder with a file in it called _MACOSX but it seems not to unzip. Does it only work with Macs? I’d love to hear it!

  • Kevin Oct 4, 2006 - 7:39 pm Reply

    It doesn't seem to work for me – it creates a folder with a file in it called _MACOSX but it seems not to unzip. Does it only work with Macs? I'd love to hear it!

  • slutty fringe Oct 5, 2006 - 9:27 am Reply

    this is splendid what what

    props to Music Like Dirt!

    tonyp

  • slutty fringe Oct 5, 2006 - 11:27 am Reply

    this is splendid what what

    props to Music Like Dirt!

    tonyp

  • Jo Oct 6, 2006 - 9:14 am Reply

    I’m pleased to have the opportunity to hear where the Prof. Longhair sample comes from. Much thanks.

  • Jo Oct 6, 2006 - 11:14 am Reply

    I'm pleased to have the opportunity to hear where the Prof. Longhair sample comes from. Much thanks.

  • musiclikedirt Oct 8, 2006 - 4:39 pm Reply

    tony p – thanks – ive been on a download frenzy since I clicked through to your blog – good stuff.

    Kevin – Not sure why its not working :s Ive downloaded it on work PC and seemed to be fine. Anyone else had PC problems?

    Headphonesex – Nice to have a comment from one of my top 5 favourite music blogs 🙂 Will check out the Dawn Penn steal. Congrats on 6th place in BT thingy

    Thighs – rolling stone have hyjacked your homepage!

    Del – Had forgotten about the Massive Attack pilfering… all the best people rip off the Specials.

  • musiclikedirt Oct 8, 2006 - 6:39 pm Reply

    tony p – thanks – ive been on a download frenzy since I clicked through to your blog – good stuff.

    Kevin – Not sure why its not working :s Ive downloaded it on work PC and seemed to be fine. Anyone else had PC problems?

    Headphonesex – Nice to have a comment from one of my top 5 favourite music blogs 🙂 Will check out the Dawn Penn steal. Congrats on 6th place in BT thingy

    Thighs – rolling stone have hyjacked your homepage!

    Del – Had forgotten about the Massive Attack pilfering… all the best people rip off the Specials.

  • Sach Oct 8, 2006 - 7:20 pm Reply

    Awesome compilation, while it’s always great to hear original samples, these songs stand on their own which can’t be said for everything that gets flipped nowadays. The girl (and her producers) have taste.

    You get definite props for this one.

  • Sach Oct 8, 2006 - 9:20 pm Reply

    Awesome compilation, while it's always great to hear original samples, these songs stand on their own which can't be said for everything that gets flipped nowadays. The girl (and her producers) have taste.

    You get definite props for this one.

  • dan le sac Oct 9, 2006 - 11:59 pm Reply

    tenuous link but i thought it worth mentioning…del mentioned Tricky using a Specials line on Eurochild from Massive Attack’s Protection LP, and it reminded me of the Terry Hall and Tricky collaboration Nearly God…anyone who likes trip hop its worth a listen, its good to hear Terry Hall and Tricky fucking about!

  • dan le sac Oct 10, 2006 - 1:59 am Reply

    tenuous link but i thought it worth mentioning…del mentioned Tricky using a Specials line on Eurochild from Massive Attack's Protection LP, and it reminded me of the Terry Hall and Tricky collaboration Nearly God…anyone who likes trip hop its worth a listen, its good to hear Terry Hall and Tricky fucking about!

  • brooklynvegan Oct 11, 2006 - 9:39 am Reply

    Lily Allen @ Hiro Ballroom, NYC | pics…

    This show was supposed to be mediocre. The blogosphere should be full of nasty comments today – about how terrible Lily Allen was live, and how she should stay in the studio where she belongs. But I doubt it……

  • The Daily Growl Oct 11, 2006 - 12:25 pm Reply

    A slightly belated big up for an amazing post. It truly was worth the wait…

  • The Daily Growl Oct 11, 2006 - 2:25 pm Reply

    A slightly belated big up for an amazing post. It truly was worth the wait…

  • […] Click here to download ‘Alright, Steal’. It’s a compilation of the tracks that Lily has covered, sampled and been influenced by. MusicLikeDirt compiled it with artwork by myself. Enjoy. […]

  • haley Oct 25, 2006 - 9:55 am Reply

    And I thought she was original they are all samples!!!

  • haley Oct 25, 2006 - 11:55 am Reply

    And I thought she was original they are all samples!!!

  • drfeelgoed Oct 27, 2006 - 3:08 am Reply

    Great piece of work, well done!

  • drfeelgoed Oct 27, 2006 - 5:08 am Reply

    Great piece of work, well done!

  • disappointed Oct 28, 2006 - 10:33 am Reply

    der, all I got was a Lilly track – not alright steal what’s wrong?

  • disappointed Oct 28, 2006 - 12:33 pm Reply

    der, all I got was a Lilly track – not alright steal what's wrong?

  • BiggaBush Oct 31, 2006 - 7:04 pm Reply

    nice work getting all these tracks together. I saw Lily at ALL the festies over the summer and was a bit horrified to hear Big Chief being mangled into her set as it’s one of my fave tunes to DJ….but then I thought – her producers have evidently got good taste. what I want to know is this: did all these tracks get credited or did you have to do some digging to identify them?

  • BiggaBush Oct 31, 2006 - 9:04 pm Reply

    nice work getting all these tracks together. I saw Lily at ALL the festies over the summer and was a bit horrified to hear Big Chief being mangled into her set as it's one of my fave tunes to DJ….but then I thought – her producers have evidently got good taste. what I want to know is this: did all these tracks get credited or did you have to do some digging to identify them?

  • […] Also be sure to head over to Music Like Dirt where they’ve compiled a mix of the songs sampled on the album called Alright, Steal . You might find a new appreciation for old school reggae and ska in the process. (While you’re over there be sure to grab some of that stuff from The Good, The Bad, and The Queen). Tell ‘em we sent ya’. […]

  • musiclikedirt Nov 9, 2006 - 12:36 am Reply

    Dan – I was a total tricky anorak in a past life, so yes Im aware of nearly God. About time the man recorded some new stuff… he’s not got great quality control but always puts a gem or two on every record. Saw terry Hall at the Damon Alburn supergroup thing the other week

    Growl – always takes me a while 🙁 but turned out good in the end 🙂

    Haley – Alright Steal is not a critism of Lily. I love a good sample or three, got to pick a pocket or two etc. I love the originals, and just wanted to get them a little more attention/credit than they were getting. If somethings number one largely built around classic reggae then it seems to me a perfect time to shine a spotlight on a wonderful but neglected treasure trove of music 🙂

    Disapointed – Not sure what you did wrong? Did you click on the LDN remix :s if so well it may make more sense to click the thing saying “Alright Steal download here”. If anyone else is struggling let me know.

    Biggabush – did a bit of digging, but the vinyl copy of her album has the songwriting credits so gave me clues to lots of the tracks. Listen to a few different version of For The Love Of You before I placed the source, and went down a few other dead ends but not that hard. Sounds like I miussed a couple from what people have posted.
    The influences like Specials and Lord Kitch are just educated guesses, and tracks I love.

    Cheers for all the comments – Glad its being enjoyed!

  • musiclikedirt Nov 9, 2006 - 2:36 am Reply

    Dan – I was a total tricky anorak in a past life, so yes Im aware of nearly God. About time the man recorded some new stuff… he's not got great quality control but always puts a gem or two on every record. Saw terry Hall at the Damon Alburn supergroup thing the other week

    Growl – always takes me a while 🙁 but turned out good in the end 🙂

    Haley – Alright Steal is not a critism of Lily. I love a good sample or three, got to pick a pocket or two etc. I love the originals, and just wanted to get them a little more attention/credit than they were getting. If somethings number one largely built around classic reggae then it seems to me a perfect time to shine a spotlight on a wonderful but neglected treasure trove of music 🙂

    Disapointed – Not sure what you did wrong? Did you click on the LDN remix :s if so well it may make more sense to click the thing saying "Alright Steal download here". If anyone else is struggling let me know.

    Biggabush – did a bit of digging, but the vinyl copy of her album has the songwriting credits so gave me clues to lots of the tracks. Listen to a few different version of For The Love Of You before I placed the source, and went down a few other dead ends but not that hard. Sounds like I miussed a couple from what people have posted.

    The influences like Specials and Lord Kitch are just educated guesses, and tracks I love.

    Cheers for all the comments – Glad its being enjoyed!

  • Start Snitching Nov 11, 2006 - 2:31 am Reply

    Great post.
    I knew the album felt oddly odd.

  • Start Snitching Nov 11, 2006 - 4:31 am Reply

    Great post.

    I knew the album felt oddly odd.

  • Lea Nov 11, 2006 - 5:23 pm Reply

    You know what? I think I found one more: the beginning of “Alfie” kind of sounds like “Puppet on a string”! Don’t ya think?

  • Lea Nov 11, 2006 - 7:23 pm Reply

    You know what? I think I found one more: the beginning of "Alfie" kind of sounds like "Puppet on a string"! Don't ya think?

  • The Sheik Jan 28, 2007 - 11:17 am Reply

    yes, Alfie is Sandie Shaw – Puppet on a string

  • The Sheik Jan 28, 2007 - 1:17 pm Reply

    yes, Alfie is Sandie Shaw – Puppet on a string

  • llia Feb 15, 2007 - 7:34 am Reply

    i’m a bit late to this party, but thank you so much. x

  • llia Feb 15, 2007 - 9:34 am Reply

    i'm a bit late to this party, but thank you so much. x

  • Bumbasnatch Apr 16, 2007 - 10:20 pm Reply

    Very late to respond to this thread. Don’t think these have been said:
    “Friday Night” – listen to “storm warning” by Lynn Tait
    “Not Big”- small ascending sample from The Specials “Ghost Town”
    Perhaps the biggest one that I’ve noticed it that the vocal melody is loosely based on the hornline of the Jackie Mittoo song “Loving you” from his album titled “Evening Time”

  • Bumbasnatch Apr 16, 2007 - 11:20 pm Reply

    Very late to respond to this thread. Don’t think these have been said:
    “Friday Night” – listen to “storm warning” by Lynn Tait
    “Not Big”- small ascending sample from The Specials “Ghost Town”
    Perhaps the biggest one that I’ve noticed it that the vocal melody is loosely based on the hornline of the Jackie Mittoo song “Loving you” from his album titled “Evening Time”

  • Bumbasnatch Apr 16, 2007 - 10:22 pm Reply

    The vocal melody I’m talking about is the Lily song “Shame for You”

  • Bumbasnatch Apr 16, 2007 - 11:22 pm Reply

    The vocal melody I’m talking about is the Lily song “Shame for You”

  • Lilyallenfans Jun 12, 2007 - 3:48 pm Reply

    Good post! Great info blog bookmarked;)

  • Lilyallenfans Jun 12, 2007 - 4:48 pm Reply

    Good post! Great info blog bookmarked;)

  • cg321 Jun 17, 2007 - 7:45 pm Reply

    Is it just me, or does the Mark Ronson Revisited mix of Smile sound like Walking on Sunshine?

  • cg321 Jun 17, 2007 - 8:45 pm Reply

    Is it just me, or does the Mark Ronson Revisited mix of Smile sound like Walking on Sunshine?

  • cg321 Jun 17, 2007 - 7:49 pm Reply

    Lily’s next album is called Just Lily. I wonder what other songs she’ll copy off of next!

  • cg321 Jun 17, 2007 - 8:49 pm Reply

    Lily’s next album is called Just Lily. I wonder what other songs she’ll copy off of next!

  • rob Oct 25, 2007 - 9:24 pm Reply

    will someone please tell me the name of the original which ‘everythings just wonderful’ by lily allen is sampled from.

  • rob Oct 25, 2007 - 11:24 pm Reply

    will someone please tell me the name of the original which 'everythings just wonderful' by lily allen is sampled from.

  • ericklinks Nov 16, 2007 - 3:11 pm Reply

    haha man.. u make m laught publishing this type of pages… sampling is legal and lily knows that. but it seems to me that u dont.

    if u dont like her why r u doing that…? i have the “alright still(still, not steal lol)” and in all the songs, there is a permission for using`em.

    and tommy mc cook, emmanuelle, etc etc etc…earns money for each time that lily sings her songs.
    love lily xxxxxxxxx

  • ericklinks Nov 16, 2007 - 3:15 pm Reply

    and in “everithing`s just wonderfull”, “take what u take”, “alfie”, “not big”, “shame 4 u” anda “friday niht” there is no samples

  • ericklinks Nov 16, 2007 - 4:15 pm Reply

    and in “everithing`s just wonderfull”, “take what u take”, “alfie”, “not big”, “shame 4 u” anda “friday niht” there is no samples

  • musiclikedirt Nov 16, 2007 - 4:32 pm Reply

    ericklinks – cheers for the comment, but did you actually read the page?
    It doesnt slag Lily or suggest she didnt get permission. This blog covered and supoorted Lily since day 1, indeed Lily used pics from here on her first Website.

    Download the originals and enjoy them, but you can enjoy “Alright, Still” too. Its possible to like both.

    Bumbasnatch – I’ll have to have a listen to all those suggestions. Top trainspotting!

  • musiclikedirt Nov 16, 2007 - 5:32 pm Reply

    ericklinks – cheers for the comment, but did you actually read the page?
    It doesnt slag Lily or suggest she didnt get permission. This blog covered and supoorted Lily since day 1, indeed Lily used pics from here on her first Website.

    Download the originals and enjoy them, but you can enjoy “Alright, Still” too. Its possible to like both.

    Bumbasnatch – I’ll have to have a listen to all those suggestions. Top trainspotting!

  • ericklinks Nov 16, 2007 - 5:11 pm Reply

    haha man.. u make m laught publishing this type of pages… sampling is legal and lily knows that. but it seems to me that u dont.

    if u dont like her why r u doing that…? i have the "alright still(still, not steal lol)" and in all the songs, there is a permission for using`em.

    and tommy mc cook, emmanuelle, etc etc etc…earns money for each time that lily sings her songs.

    love lily xxxxxxxxx

  • ericklinks Nov 16, 2007 - 11:36 pm Reply

    oh yeah? .. so why u put lily in “music like dirt” and u call her CD “alright steal” ??

    explain me that: “indeed Lily used pics from here on her first Website”.

    thanks 4 reading me
    ericklinks

  • ericklinks Nov 17, 2007 - 12:36 am Reply

    oh yeah? .. so why u put lily in “music like dirt” and u call her CD “alright steal” ??

    explain me that: “indeed Lily used pics from here on her first Website”.

    thanks 4 reading me
    ericklinks

  • musiclikedirt Nov 17, 2007 - 4:21 am Reply

    Alright, Steal is just a play on words based on her album being called Alright Still. I’m all for a bit of stealing. As for music like dirt, thats what this site is called. Its taken from an old Desmond Dekker track.

    http://www.musiclikedirt.com/2006/05/19/lily-allen-yoyo-180506/
    above is an old review of Lily from this site and here are some pics I took which Lily used.
    http://flickr.com/photos/musiclikedirt/sets/72057594139063580/

    Keep it trilly.

    MLD

  • musiclikedirt Nov 17, 2007 - 6:21 am Reply

    Alright, Steal is just a play on words based on her album being called Alright Still. I'm all for a bit of stealing. As for music like dirt, thats what this site is called. Its taken from an old Desmond Dekker track.

    http://www.musiclikedirt.com/2006/05/19/lily-alle
    above is an old review of Lily from this site and here are some pics I took which Lily used.
    http://flickr.com/photos/musiclikedirt/sets/72057

    Keep it trilly.

    MLD

  • javier arely Dec 21, 2007 - 9:10 pm Reply

    this page of musiclikedirt is the best thank for your good music ……javier

  • javier arely Dec 21, 2007 - 10:10 pm Reply

    this page of musiclikedirt is the best thank for your good music ……javier

  • avaleigh Feb 15, 2008 - 4:15 pm Reply

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  • avaleigh Feb 15, 2008 - 5:15 pm Reply

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  • Philip Chapman-Bell Feb 17, 2008 - 4:36 pm Reply

    LDN’s tune sounds a heck of a lot like Judge Dread’s Big Seven, an underground classic in the UK in 1980 or thereabouts.

  • Philip Chapman-Bell Feb 17, 2008 - 5:36 pm Reply

    LDN’s tune sounds a heck of a lot like Judge Dread’s Big Seven, an underground classic in the UK in 1980 or thereabouts.

  • Urban Djin Feb 17, 2008 - 9:27 pm Reply

    Nice detective work! Of course, any artist working in a retro mode has sources, and no artist creates ‘ex nihilo’, but this does seem to cross the line into blatant theft!

    The easiest way to appear original is always to borrow from the obscure. Last week amidst all the Grammy nonsense I heard a commentary on the radio about Amy Winehouse’s quirky and unique genius! And she might indeed sound unique to those who’ve never heard Betty Roche. I’d bet the ranch that Winehouse grew up listening to Betty. I’ll credit her with good taste in choosing stylistic sources, but not with originality.

  • Urban Djin Feb 17, 2008 - 10:27 pm Reply

    Nice detective work! Of course, any artist working in a retro mode has sources, and no artist creates ‘ex nihilo’, but this does seem to cross the line into blatant theft!

    The easiest way to appear original is always to borrow from the obscure. Last week amidst all the Grammy nonsense I heard a commentary on the radio about Amy Winehouse’s quirky and unique genius! And she might indeed sound unique to those who’ve never heard Betty Roche. I’d bet the ranch that Winehouse grew up listening to Betty. I’ll credit her with good taste in choosing stylistic sources, but not with originality.

  • Paulo Feb 18, 2008 - 3:38 am Reply

    Great post.

    I don’t really listen to much mainstream music, and hadn’t even heard of her when I saw her on Saturday Night Live. I was blown away, thinking, “Wow, she has that old reggae sound that I really dig.” About a week later, I was listening to some stuff in my collection and heard Reggae Merengue and recognized it as one of the songs she performed on SNL. I didn’t know whether to be disappointed or not. I’d like to hear more artists coming out with that old reggae sound, but I’d really like it if some artists actually making NEW songs with those sounds were getting some recognition. (Disclaimer: I play in a reggae band, so I’m not entirely unbiased.)

  • Paulo Feb 18, 2008 - 4:38 am Reply

    Great post.

    I don’t really listen to much mainstream music, and hadn’t even heard of her when I saw her on Saturday Night Live. I was blown away, thinking, “Wow, she has that old reggae sound that I really dig.” About a week later, I was listening to some stuff in my collection and heard Reggae Merengue and recognized it as one of the songs she performed on SNL. I didn’t know whether to be disappointed or not. I’d like to hear more artists coming out with that old reggae sound, but I’d really like it if some artists actually making NEW songs with those sounds were getting some recognition. (Disclaimer: I play in a reggae band, so I’m not entirely unbiased.)

  • musiclikedirt Feb 18, 2008 - 11:23 am Reply

    Philip – I think reggae tracks habit of borrowing heavily from each other leads to it sounding like quite a few tunes. Hadn’t noticed the Judge Dread similarity though, will have to have a listen when im home.

    Urban – It is blatant theft but in my view what’s wrong with that? Its either good or bad music, the fact that it samples doesnt matter too much to me. I dont see a huge difference between the Rolling Stones reinterprting blues to Lily singing over old reggae tracks. Pop has always eaten itself.
    Agree with you about the over the top Winehouse hype, she’s clearly not a “unique genius”, but she does make some damn fine tunes. Like this post hopefully people who get into her will go on to discover Betty Roche.

    Paulo – Thanks, it would be nice to hear a bit more new reggae music I agree. With that in mind, where can I hear your band?

  • musiclikedirt Feb 18, 2008 - 12:23 pm Reply

    Philip – I think reggae tracks habit of borrowing heavily from each other leads to it sounding like quite a few tunes. Hadn’t noticed the Judge Dread similarity though, will have to have a listen when im home.

    Urban – It is blatant theft but in my view what’s wrong with that? Its either good or bad music, the fact that it samples doesnt matter too much to me. I dont see a huge difference between the Rolling Stones reinterprting blues to Lily singing over old reggae tracks. Pop has always eaten itself.
    Agree with you about the over the top Winehouse hype, she’s clearly not a “unique genius”, but she does make some damn fine tunes. Like this post hopefully people who get into her will go on to discover Betty Roche.

    Paulo – Thanks, it would be nice to hear a bit more new reggae music I agree. With that in mind, where can I hear your band?

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  • John Sep 29, 2009 - 10:37 pm Reply

    This whole thing is a mess. We need to rethink the music business if it is to survive the ever changing world to which we belong…

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  • Dara May 19, 2010 - 11:09 am Reply

    Great work.

    Whats' the phrase?

    Talent borrows, genius steals….

  • Dara May 19, 2010 - 10:09 am Reply

    Great work.

    Whats’ the phrase?

    Talent borrows, genius steals….

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