Music sampling brings generations together like salt and pepper or The Munsters and Fall Out Boy.

My teen son said, “That’s a cool riff.” I replied, “That’s the Munsters.”

You only have that conversation once in a lifetime. Here’s the background story. We were driving together and heard a new-to-us song by Fall Out Boy. I know this band from their song, Centuries. They definitely borrow, or sample, from classic rock liberally.

But I believe this is the first time I’ve heard a piece of a TV theme riffed into a song.

Personally, at first listen, my brain kept picturing The Munsters sitcom with that goofy Herman(stein) and rose-decapitating Lily instead of hearing to the song. Once home, I looked up the “Munster” song and found out it is called Uma Therman. I asked my older son if he knew who Uma Therman was. He replied, “Not really.”

Fall Out Boys are counting on the fact that a newer generation won’t be distracted by such details.

Do you notice music “sampling”? Please share some examples.What do you think of sampling? Does it enhance or distract from the song? 

Where words fail, music speaks. (Hans Christian Andersen) ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc

17 thoughts on “Music sampling brings generations together like salt and pepper or The Munsters and Fall Out Boy.

  1. Great story, haven’t seen the Munsters in a long time nor heard the music and now can’t get it out of my head. Started running yesterday, committing to two days a week, walking one day and Palettes on Saturday – legs are tired, but getting woken up from a long lack of serious exercise.

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  2. I love the song ‘Uma Therman.’ (And how flattered must she be to have a song bearing her name?) I think it’s cool when they mesh different sounds like that. Gives a song more staying power than a typical pop song.

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    • Fall Out Boy definitely puts out multi-dimensional music. Crazy strong vocals with smart twists and turns. The first time I heard “Centuries” I told my son, “They’re smart.” I could hear nods to the past while making a new teen culture anthem.

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    • I can tell! Thanks for the lead. I’ll mention it to Dave, as we line up our summer movie viewing. When it gets hot in the desert, we stay home and watch movies!


  3. You are such a “hipper” mom than me. The only words I recognized in this post were Uma Thurman (the actress, not the song!) I need to get with it. I’ll let you keep me up to date! Listening now….catchy 🙂

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  4. I like sampling…a lot. I think it keeps music relatable. Enya’s “Boadicea” sampled with the Fugees’ “Ready or Not” is a favorite from back in the day. I’m an Enya & Fugees’ fan…so it’s PB & J for me. Give a listen…let me know what you think.

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  5. Oh, the snippets I’ve heard begged, borrowed and stolen in concerts over time, Angie McFly. I love it. Sampling is smart, when done properly, with respect and honor and even a sense of humor. (Fallout Boy, yes!)

    In great jazz concerts, I’ve said, hey, that’s the Flintstones theme, or Green Acres. So, yeah, TV is a go-to for the smart ones.

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    • I was hoping you would chime in on this (as with all music posts), Mark. Flintstones? Green Acres? I’m impressed! When I think of the Flintstones I always think of John Candy singing the theme song in “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”…love it!


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