Monday, November 13, 2006

Bring that beat back

An essential part of hip-hop history gets a much needed reissue tomorrow.

Originally formed to contribute music to a B-Movie (The Thing with Two Heads featuring Rosy Grier, see below,) Incredible Bongo Band recorded the break-beat to end all break-beats with the song "Apache."

Used repeatedly at block parties back in the day by legends like Kool DJ Herc, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaata, the album Bongo Rock (1973) was a must-have for any practicing DJ. But sadly it went out of print long ago. It's reissue tomorrow also includes the follow-up album, The Return of the Incredible Bongo Band (1974,) along with a couple bonus remixes, including one of "Apache" from Grandmaster Flash (used recently for a German TV commercial.)

Album: Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock
Playlist: Songs sampling "Apache"

Bonus... here's the trailer for the 1972 b-movie The Thing with Two Heads:



"It seemed like a good idea at the time" - That opening line from the trailer pretty much sums up the movie and it's creation nicely.

More:
Incredible Bongo Band on The Breaks (sample search engine)

Previously
History of Hip-Hop: Planet Rock 1975-1986

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2 comments:

drake leLane said...

Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock

1. Apache
2. Let There Be Drum
3. Bongolia
4. Last Bongo In Belgium
5. Dueling Bongos
6. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
7. Raunchy '73
8. Bongo Rock
9. Kiburi (Pt. 1)
10. Sing Sing Sing
11. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
12. Wipeout
13. When The Bed Breaks Down, I'll Meet You In The Spring
14. Pipeline
15. Okey Dokey
16. Sharp Nine
17. Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley, Your Tie's Caught In Your Zipper
18. Apache (Grand Master Flash Remix)
19. Last Bongo In Belgium (Breakers Mix)

drake leLane said...

Some Songs that sample "Apache"

1. Apache - The Sugarhill Gang
2. Know How - Young M.C.
3. Mega-Mixx II - 2 Live Crew
4. What The F@ck You Want!! - Busta Rhymes
5. Live At Union Square (November 1986) - DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
6. Breaker Beats Part 1 - Freestylers
7. What's It All About - Run-D.M.C.
8. Do It Like A G.O. - Geto Boys
9. You Can't Dance - LL Cool J
10. Inner City Life - Goldie
11. Who Are The Pimps? - Boogie Down Productions
12. We Have Explosive - Future Sound of London
13. Made You Look - Nas
14. Turn This Mutha Out - MC Hammer
15. Machete - Moby