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10/27/2010

No, But Really: Who's Behind the Barbra Streisand Sample and Phenomenon?

Is there really any doubt that Duck Sauce's Barbra Streisand has become that one song which is universally accepted as a dance floor filler and fist pumper of a ditty, no matter the occasion or situation? No, there's not. And as much as I tire of it, there's really no escaping it, which lead me to do a little digging on the origins of the song, because as well as we all know how talented A-Trak and Armand Van Helden are, we also know that those dudes did not create what's become an iconic loop and sound. No dis on 'em, but some Germans and soul funk singers get all the credit here, brahs.

 

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In 1973, kraut brothers Heinz and Jürgen Huth formed the band Nighttrain, which fell mostly into obscurity, save for their single, Hallo Bimmelbahn, which caught new life when revitalized and reimagined by fellow countrymen of the disco variety, Boney M, in 1979.

 

While the former "rockers" version is sung all in the native tongue, it's easy to hear the immediate infectiousness of the arrangement and now unmistakeable "ooh oo-oooh ooh oo-ooh oohs". Lots of tambourine in Nighttrain's version too. Solid.

 

Boney M lifted the track for sampling purposes on their single Gotta Get Home, complete with full chorused vocals and steel drums. This fix is much more reminiscent of Duck Sauce's current smash, and is quite strikingly similar in more ways than one: the opening rolling tones, the disco beat, the hand clapability factor, etc...

 

Regardless, this is one song, sample and selection that we won't soon hear the last of. In whichever way you like your funked out fun.

 

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mp3: Nighttrain - Hallo Bimmelbahn

mp3: Boney M - Gotta Go Home

 

 

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