Print your own and pin it
Print your own version to put up on your favorite telegraph pole, traffic light post, graffiti lined alleyway, or liven up your campus, school or office. If you pin it take a photo and share it in the comments of this post.
In order they are:
- Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (1979)
- Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ (1981)
- Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now (1978)
- Rihanna – Don’t Stop the Music (2007)
- Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (1977)
I think the most recognisable outline face on this one is Freddie Mercury (Queen). I caught a really interesting documentary series on the group in the last few weeks called Queen: Days of our Lives. I had no idea of the scale of stadium rock in the early 80’s and their influence. Queen’s Live Aid performance in 1985 has been voted by many as the best live performance in rock history. You can see it on Youtube (starting with Part 1) and it really is something to behold. A masterclass by professionals and a front man who was gone far too soon.
(Don’t) Stop… or I’ll Sue
There is an interesting connection between the Rihanna song and the Michael Jackson one. Rihanna’s 2007 hit heavily lent itself to samples from Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough. Most notably, the African tribal chant probably known by most people as the ‘mama-se, mama-sa, mama-ku-sa’ bit at the end! Jackson in turn took the phrase from the 1972 song ‘Soul Makossa’ by Manu Dibango. Dibango successfully sued Jackson over its use. Rihanna didn’t learn from Jackson’s mistake and was herself sued in 2009 over its use without express permission from the original artist.
Who Sampled Who?
With only a limited number of chord combinations possible in music, history will eventually repeat itself, sometimes unintentionally. Many artists choose to legitimately sample other songs, leveraging from past success and resonance it had with audiences. A great site for exploring ‘the DNA of music’ is: http://www.whosampled.com. It offers side by side comparison of tracks with the originals that were sampled from. Kanye West has sampled 600 odd tracks. I’mma gonna let him finish that and think he’ll make it an even 1000 before his career is done.