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Date: 06/27/09 03:39 PM

50 Responses to Smack My Pitch Up!

  1. Profile photo of The_Maddog
    The_Maddog Male 30-39
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    June 27, 2009 at 10:41 am
    Link: Smack My Pitch Up! - Here`s how the Prodigy made their track Smack My Bitch Up, they just ripped off other songs! Well duh!
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    smartbomb314 Male 13-17
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    June 27, 2009 at 3:45 pm
    i misheard the lyrics to "smack my bitch up"
    as "snap ma picture"
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    SuperSmash Male 18-29
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    June 27, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    I remember being up at like 3 a.m when Kurt Loder came on TV and told me that they were going to show this video and it had nudity and drugs. It was the greatest moment of my life. I saw a naked chick on MTV.
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    hknuddv Male 13-17
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    June 27, 2009 at 3:58 pm
    whilst the video is fantastically well made and an awesome concept i doubt the author seriously believes they ripped of other songs, but just wanted to demonstrate the bland ambiguity of most modern music (NOTE: I love modern music, but there is no doubt to any classically trained musician that it is restricted compared to jazz/classical)

    when all is said and done it`s an awesome video.

    and go to hell MJ

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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    June 27, 2009 at 3:58 pm
    Nice I didnt knew it was done that way! 8-)
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    TopperHey Male 18-29
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    June 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm
    So they used a sample from the song Smack My Bitch Up was based on, and 2 other generic beats. Seriously unimpressed as to what the point was. Why not just buy the track and play that?
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    RdDan Male 30-39
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    June 27, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    And here`s me all this time thinking that he sang the Reggae bit on Out of Space, doing a passable impression of Max Romeo. But no - he was cutting and sampling.
    Well i`d better hand in my fan club badge and go and have a sulk.

    Seriously - It`s not exactly a secret that Liam sampled Kool Keith from Ultramagnetic MC`s. He even got Keith to contribute lyrically to Diesel Power from the same album, Fat of the Land.

    Which was released in 1997.

    So the geezer or geezette who made this clip took 12 years to figure out what everyone else already knew.

    So well done there.

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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
    15512 posts
    June 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm
    People if you are interested, you can download the full MP3


  9. Profile photo of hknuddv
    hknuddv Male 13-17
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    June 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm
    it really almost certainly wasn`t done this way.

    consider the "randy weston - in memory of" bit that was completely rearranged and cut apart, which just means they have a few notes in common.

    THINK if there are 8/7 notes in an octave (depending on how you count it) and all octaves have the same notes then you are bound to get songs with the same notes. DUH.

    also the smack my b*tch up part was pitch shifted, which is hugely significant, because if you find separate recordings of two people saying the same thing then you can ALWAYS (and with surprisingly little skill) make one identical to the other in basic music editing software.

    dont get me wrong its an awesome video, just dont go round spouting "the prodigy ripped people off!"

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    jimmeh Male 18-29
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    June 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm
    its not called ripping off, its called sampling...
  11. Profile photo of The_Maddog
    The_Maddog Male 30-39
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    June 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm
    Male, 13-17, Europe
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    dont get me wrong its an awesome video, just dont go round spouting "the prodigy ripped people off!"

    Dont be so bloody stupid! Prodigy "sample" other peoples music and re-edit/mix it to create something new. Whilst they do produce something new, it`s still taken from other peoples work so it IS ripped off then re-mixed. I love some of the tunes Prodigy have produced..but most of what they have made is inspired by something or someone else!

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    hknuddv Male 13-17
    72 posts
    June 27, 2009 at 4:16 pm
    cut and rearrange then pitch shifting are the basing tools of all sample artists, its nothing new and is a completely legitimate form of making music.

    and quite a creative one at that, as you need a good ear to spot good parts to sample.

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    hknuddv Male 13-17
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    June 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    @ the maddog

    its not ripped off when as RdDan pointed out you are friends with/collaborating with the artists.

    they need explicit permission from the original artists as well.

    and it takes just as much musical knowledge and skill to spot the samples (often seconds or less long) in a song, then cut it, rearrange it, pitch shift it etcetera.

    completely legitimate form of music making and quite difficult too.

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    hknuddv Male 13-17
    72 posts
    June 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    the problem we have here is that we mainly agree, i just dont think that sampling is ripping off music.

    its definitely close though (you know, a thin line between copying and editing)

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    peloos12 Male 18-29
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    June 27, 2009 at 4:28 pm
    Thank you knhuddy. It`s the truth.

    To say some talentless hack could sample, would be to say a 10 year old can do it.

    If you wanna pull it off well, you need to A) know the ins and outs of music prodcution and B) have an ear for music. If you can take notes from other songs and piece them together, in theory, you can play those same notes on an instrument. Sure, playing an instrument may take a certain amount of dexterity and motor skills along with music knowledge, but there`s just as much CREATIVITY behind a piece of sampled music as there is behind a guy ripping out a sweet solo on a guitar.

    One knows how to play the guitar, the other one knows how to play with Reason. Don`t devalue it.

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    imaguitargod Male 18-29
    480 posts
    June 27, 2009 at 4:37 pm
    What a cool presentation!
  17. Profile photo of hknuddv
    hknuddv Male 13-17
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    June 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm
    thank you peloos12 for explaining my point perfectly, i do however think that it does a good job of showing the limitations of the western octave format of making music (i.e. 8 notes in an octave, makes for some big limitations).

    and in this way just goes to show how much talent all musicians have to express feelings and emotions through music in new and exciting ways.

    and also just goes to show that the more creative humans become, the harder it becomes to be creative. its a true testament to humanity`s ingenuity.

    lol my cat is chasing the mouse pointer.

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    belunan Male 30-39
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    June 27, 2009 at 4:50 pm
    I`m pretty sure I couldn`t give a crap even if I tried. So I won`t try.
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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    June 27, 2009 at 4:59 pm
    All I can say is that this is confusing... but cute.
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    urbanlegend Male 18-29
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    June 27, 2009 at 5:08 pm
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    icfire504 Male 13-17
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    June 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm
    OH NOOOO This is horrible!! I mean no music artist has EVER taken small clips from another song and used in their own completely new song!! This is blasphemy!!
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    Bubbachrissy Male 13-17
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    June 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm
    Pretty creative way to present this, and it`s interesting!
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    thecranberry Male 18-29
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    June 27, 2009 at 5:36 pm
    Neat demonstration of how sampling works.
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    June 27, 2009 at 5:39 pm
    He`s just figured out they are doing this, now?!? Why do you think real musicians hate that crap?
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    parasite159 Male 18-29
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    June 27, 2009 at 5:41 pm
    its the daft punk critics all over again...

    dance acts use samples, its a little things in the copyright act called `fair use` get over it :P

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    The_Maddog Male 30-39
    3371 posts
    June 27, 2009 at 5:48 pm
    I love it when my evil plan for IAB conflict comes together!

    Bwa hahahahah!

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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
    3844 posts
    June 27, 2009 at 5:57 pm
    Guys, everyone already knew Prodigy sampled their sounds from earlier records. Given the fact that no one in the band actually plays an instrument, where do you think the music came from? In fact, I have the "Fat of the Land" CD right here, and it says "Track 1 contains portions of "give the drummer some" by Ultramagnetic MC`s used courtesy of..." blah blah. Prodigy credited the original artists in the liner notes. Still, nice editing, Four Stars
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    meckONE Male 18-29
    24 posts
    June 27, 2009 at 6:32 pm
    music is no longer all about a 5 piece band its now alot more than that FULL STOP.
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    LordNick Male 18-29
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    June 27, 2009 at 6:40 pm
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    frenchroast Male 30-39
    444 posts
    June 27, 2009 at 6:40 pm
    If you think they are talentless because they use samples in their tracks, then superstardom and vast riches await you. It`s easier to disconstruct than to do the opposite. Did anybody here know all those samples? And if you did, what would you do with them? Editing and producing is an artform; they even give an Oscar and a Grammy for the best of the year.
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    Computron Male 30-39
    157 posts
    June 27, 2009 at 7:12 pm
    Ripping music off? WTF, Prodigy uses loops and instruments to create their own. The title fails big time.
  32. Profile photo of OmgZelda
    OmgZelda Female 18-29
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    June 27, 2009 at 7:14 pm
    That was pretty cool.
  33. Profile photo of SuperSmash
    SuperSmash Male 18-29
    3758 posts
    June 27, 2009 at 7:33 pm
    So, the whole time every kid in America thought this was so cool because they said smack my bitch up they were really saying smack my pitch up?
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    icecream2269 Female 18-29
    523 posts
    June 27, 2009 at 7:37 pm
    that was kinda cool, and i still love the song even if they may have slightly ripped it off.
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    justwatching Male 18-29
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    June 27, 2009 at 8:12 pm
    the prodigy do it cuz its their is really tought to put all elemnts togethr 2 make a song
    i am a huge fan of the prodigy and i dont care about this crap...y d fk did sumone put this crap on i-a-b?
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    justwatching Male 18-29
    115 posts
    June 27, 2009 at 8:13 pm
    i mean tough....typo error
  37. Profile photo of sbuninja
    sbuninja Female 18-29
    168 posts
    June 27, 2009 at 9:42 pm
    Meh. I could cut parts of other artists and try to make the claim that the different piecings together were "copyright infringement."

    Unfortunately (and it can be seen in high school music classes) almost nothing is original. Look at Nickleback. Classic example of using the same damn chords, in different octaves. The most common chords are pleasing to the human ear. Of course they will be used many times, even if the person doesn`t realize they`re using it. It probably wasn`t a rip off- there are studies showing the psychological preference for certain octaves and patterns. Plus, it was many artists. Highly doubt it was a mash up or "stealing"

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    SuperSmash Male 18-29
    3758 posts
    June 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm
    Following up on sbuninja, there`s that line from "Semi-charmed Life" where he says, "the 4 right chords could make me cry". That`s true. Music actually has a physiological effect on us.
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    Tonyjet Male 18-29
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    June 27, 2009 at 11:02 pm
    like theres only a handful of notes you can play (do, re, mi, fa, so, la, si, do,) of course there are songs that have similar sound to it.
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    Freemind2po Male 13-17
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    June 28, 2009 at 12:11 am
    You do all realize that the prodigy acknowledges every sample that they take right? Take a look at Daft punk, they do the exact same thing. Haha. They are still fantastic though.
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    ghostofme Male 18-29
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    June 28, 2009 at 12:36 am
    That was actually a really cool video, but not very, erm...informative. Like others have said, Prodigy never tries to "steal" anything. I`ve always been under the impression that they have said who they get their samples from.
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    philippic Male 18-29
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    June 28, 2009 at 3:39 am
    such a long winded way of showin us which samples were involved..
    plus whats the big deal with sampling??
    as long as they clear it legaly etc..
    plus most songs with samples sound very cool.
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    bluevixen87 Female 18-29
    18 posts
    June 28, 2009 at 6:30 am
    Still a frickin kicka*s song
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    Lynea Female 18-29
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    June 28, 2009 at 10:57 am
    People are so picky. The whole thing about electronica is that more often than not pre-existing songs...well, parts of songs are used. Don`t like it? Don`t listen! Prodigy is still amazing.
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    bthmrydwd Female 13-17
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    June 28, 2009 at 11:57 am
    that was not worth the 3 minutes i spent watching it.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    June 28, 2009 at 12:32 pm
    Sleepy time! that wasnt up 2 par with allot of iamboreds things :(
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    oceanbeast Male 18-29
    549 posts
    June 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm
    samples are what the mindless masses now accept as their form of pop music. it`s all legal and nobody cares anymore if you wrote it or if somebody else did. i say write your own drating music thats what true musicianship should be. any jerk can cut and splice on pro tools and produce a "hit" song
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    Rizel Male 18-29
    214 posts
    June 29, 2009 at 11:28 pm
    "Still a frickin kicka*s song"


  49. Profile photo of Tarr-Tarr
    Tarr-Tarr Female 18-29
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    July 1, 2009 at 8:06 am
    This is really clever though!
    Its not ripping off songs, just purley taking bits from them and making them their own and, quite franckly, into something better!
    The Prodigy rule not matter how they make their music, every one has their own ways, some use instruments, these do it this way and they do a bloody good job of it to.

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