Posts Tagged ‘boney m’

By The Rivers Of Babble-On

March 13, 2010

I was listening to Radio Babylon by Meat Beat Manifesto the other day when something bleedin’ obvious struck me. Have a listen and see if you can guess what:

No, not the fact that Liam Howlett half-inched the breakbeat for Charly a year later, nor the fact that the bassline sounds very similar to FSOL’s Papua New Guinea (but not identical, as I once proved to Tim from Mutant Pop/Radio Clash by singing both basslines to him – he wasn’t entirely convinced, but I was drunk).

It’s not even the fact that this was one of the very first proto-jungle tunes (although it was).

Nope, it’s the source of the main vocal sample.


Now where the hell have I heard that before?

Oh yeah! A fifth birthday party, in Bedford, in about 1980. Probably my own fifth birthday party. It’s fucking BONEY M!!!!*

I revealed this little-known factoid on Twitter yesterday, and here’s Luke Dsico‘s response:

Well, it made me laugh anyway.

(and I always, ALWAYS end up singing “how shall we sing the Lord’s song in Australia”. WHY?!?!!?)

*I don’t usually do multiple exclamation marks, but they’re entirely justified in this case