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Stand By This Sample

by Tarik Moody

This week on the Seven O'Clock Sample, we are exploring the music of "the only band that matters", THE CLASH. The Clash achieved commercial success in the United Kingdom with the release of their debut album, The Clash, in 1977. Their third album, London Calling, released in the UK in December 1979, brought them popularity in the United States when it came out there the following month. It was declared the best album of the 1980s a decade later by Rolling Stone magazine.  This album contains some of the band's best songs.  "London Calling", "Death or Glory", and of course "Train In Vain".




"Stupid Girl" began as a rough demo around January 1994. It was recorded during informal studio sessions between Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig in Marker's home basement recording studio in Madison, Wisconsin.The band had been jamming using an ADAT eight-track, AKAI samplers and a small drum kit. The whole song came together when Vig brought both parts together over a drum sample from The Clash's "Train In Vain".