I’m with you–I normally don’t care for sampling, but there’s something very catchy about this song. Plus, I had never realized how similar “SHA” and “WWOL” were. That fact alone got me interested. Starting to get a bit overplayed, though.
Reminds me of an old song by an obscure 70’s classic rock band, April Wine. Off of their album *Nature of the Beast *- which was played incessantly by a guy on my hall in the dorms freshman year - was a song called I Like to Rock(youTube link).
When you get to the end of the song (4 minutes in - sorry for the wait) - they do the exact same thing, but with the riffs from Satisfaction, Jumpin’ Jack Flash and Day Tripper…oh, and their original riff, 'cuz it belongs up there with those songs… :rolleyes:
It never hurts to anchor your song on established hooks that already live in your listeners’ heads…
I just can’t do this song. It actively irritates me for some reason. And I’m one who actually likes sampling, but I just think the sampling in this song is lazy and unimaginative. Then again, I don’t have a Top 40 hit, so who am I to say?
I think that Werewolves of London and Sweet Home Alabama are both great songs, and yet this song manages to unimaginatively mash the two and create an unprecedented amount of suck and is a musical plummet for Kid Rock. Also Kid Rock is a decent rapper, and a good shouter/yeller, but he can’t sing.
Thanks to that song my respect for Kid Rock went into the toilet, through the sewer system, polluted the water ways, was ingested by a fish, the fish was caught, cooked up in an unsanitary kitchen, was then served to a man with bad teeth and body odor, he got the runs, ran to the bathroom, and went into the toilet again.
I couldn’t believe it- I was actually singing along to this damned song the first time I heard it. And I am not a Kid Rock fan by any stretch of the imagination- I am certain that I have never even heard another one of his songs, in fact.
I enjoy the song, and I’m a huge fan of Warren Zevon and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Kid Rock went way out of his way to make sure that everyone was okay with the samples. He got the explicit endorsement of Warren Zevon’s son, Jordan, along with Zevon’s ex-wife. He got the okay from Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the late Billy Powell, Skynyrd’s long time keyboardist who just died a week or two ago, plays piano on it.
I found the mix really odd. In Zevon’s song “Play It All Night Long” the chorus is:
Sweet Home Alabama
Play that dead band’s song
Turn the speakers up full blast
Play it all night long
So, to have that stuck in the back of your mind as you listen to Kid Rock mash the tune of Sweet Home Alabama into the one song 90% of people think of when they think of Warren Zevon’s is just jarring.
Having grown up spending all the summers of my youth on a Great Lake, I’m drawn to the fact that he sings about catching walleye from the dock. It’s one of those things that reminds me so much of being a teenager in the summer, and yet I never expected to hear it come up in a song on the radio.
In general, I have a fondness for Kid Rock because he’s just as trashy as he ought to be.
Actually, that guy vocalizes one of the biggest things I hate about song and how sampling is used in it:
“I’m sorry, but while we’re on the whole mash-up thing, does taking two songs in the same key, with the same beat, and an identical chord progression even count as a mash-up? You might as well congratulate yourself for mixing together the German and English versions of 99 Luftballons.”
Well, it’s not really a mash-up, and that’s fine with me. I’ve never thought of it as a mash-up (which is a different genre and one that wears thin with me quickly.) But, despite the reviewer’s poor use of the term, it’s what I mean when I say in my first post that the sampling is lazy and unimaginative.