Friday, January 28, 2005

Something Wicked This Way Comes

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It's funky Friday so I offer you a great instrumental tune from Barry Adamson's 1996 LP Oedipus Schmoedipus. Something Wicked This Way Comes rides an old-school soul guitar riff, features some killer organ bits and a nice funky bass line - a low-key spy jazz theme. What makes this tune a hit for me is his use of a Massive Attack sample (the title track from Blue Lines, which of course is itself a sample of some '70s jazz-fusion tune), which he scratches in for the breakdown bits of the song. It gets me every time. Definitely one of the lighter moments from what can be a very dark and spooky album.

5 comments:

james henry said...

Barry Adamson has to be one of my all-time faves, so it's nice to see someone spreading the word. His reggae 007 cover off Soul Murder is just fantastic, too.

Anonymous said...

This track is from Barry's best album, i think. Every track on that album is different: it really sound like a movie plot. All albums of Barry Adamson are adventurous and not to be missed. This track is also used in David Lynch's 'Lost Highway' in the 'scary party scene' at the beginning of the movie. Goose bumps every time i see that scene. Thanks for reminding. :)

fons

Michael said...

I hear you, Fons. For me it's a tie between Oedipus Schmoedipus and King Of Nothing Hill, both of which I think are fantastic.

By the way, thanks for the Sub Sub - it's great stuff. I had no idea that it was as rock as it was - had always imagined it being more techno-y. I really like it!

Anonymous said...

the scratches are on the massive attack record. not done by adamson i'm afraid

Anonymous said...

King Of Nothing Hill was on heavy heavy rotation round the clock when i bought it. excellent pop album by mr. Adamson. It also comes close to Oedipus Schmoedipus in sense of quality: so i agree Michael. :)

For the 'techno Sub Sub' try to find their Full Fathom Five album (or give me a call. ;)

thx! Fons