THROWBACK THURSDAY: James Brown Performs Super Bad On Soul Train (1970)

A double super bad combo in this week’s Throwback Thursday as James Brown performs on Soul Train, accompanied by a badass Soul Train dancer. In 1970, James Brown had established himself as the Godfather of Soul with “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine”, “Funky Drummer” and “Super Bad” released in that year. The latter is the focus of this week’s Throwback Thursday…

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Richard Pryor In Wattstax (1973)

Richard Pryor’s appearances in the Wattstax documentary of 1973 are the focus of our Throwback Thursday feature this week. In 1972, record exec Al Bell oversaw the Wattstax festival, a one-day event brought together in the aftermath of the Watts Riots that took place in 1965 in Los Angeles and held during its 7th anniversary. The documentary itself showed performances from the event by the…

THROWBACK THURSDAY: RuPaul Is: Starbooty!

In this week’s Throwback Thursday, drag queen icon RuPaul stars as crime fighting federal agent in low-budget trilogy “RuPaul Is: Starbooty!”. The budget was minimal, the camera work was abysmal and acting would make Z-list celebs blush in embarrassment but “RuPaul Is: Starbooty” offered a glimpse into the vibrant and iconic lifestyle of drag icon RuPaul. The three original movies are homages to the blaxploitation…

THROWBACK THURSDAY: DMX x Rick Astley – Where The Hood At Mashup

Witness a triad of throwbacks with the infamous DMX x Rick Astley – Where The Hood At mashup (aka Spilled Milk Remix). Our latest Throwback Thursday feature is a three pronged attack of internet memes and hilarious mashups. Back in 2008, a mashup was created from DMX’s Where The Hood At and Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up. Astley’s classic 1987 hit had already…

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Sun Ra – Night Music (1989)

As it’s Sun Ra’s 100th birthday today, our Throwback Thursday is dedicated to the man from Saturn. Here, he speaks about his music and plays a few compositions including “Face The Music”. Many artists have helped mould the Sampleface aesthetic. Our logo is an obvious homage to DOOM and our strapline – “Face The Music” – is taken from Sun Ra’s song of the same…

THROWBACK THURSDAY: A Tribe Called Quest Ft. Brand Nubian – Georgie Porgie

A Tribe Called Quest’s controversial outtake Georgie Porgie is our feature for Throwback Thursday this week. When I saw Complex’s list of “Horrible Songs Made By Great Rappers”, I really wasn’t expecting to see one of my favourite hip hop groups of all time (or Guru or The Roots for that matter, but I digress). Alas, A Tribe Called Quest made an appearance with their…

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Akai’s MPC60 Training Video Ft. Roger Linn

The sampling landscape was changed forever when industrial designer Roger Linn joined forces with technology company Akai to create the MPC60. In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we take a look at the training video for this innovative piece of music history. Here’s a question for you samplers out there: did your sampler come with a training video (and I mean a video)? If the answer’s…

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Pump Up the Volume – The History of House Music

Upon Frankie Knuckles sad passing, this week’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to the genre he fathered in documentary series Pump Up the Volume: The History of House Music. Firstly, I’d like to say RIP to Frankie Knuckles on behalf of everyone at Sampleface. His work and efforts in pioneering house music and sticking another pin in Chicago on the musical map should never been overlooked….