There was once a time when a white Canadian guy released a Jamaican rap single, which quickly shot to #1 on the Billboard charts and stayed there for 7 weeks. Regardless of what anyone says now, EVERYONE was rocking this song. It seems like a strange fever dream now;.
Friday Funk: Baby Huey & the Babysitters - Hard Times
This song goes back to the earlier, slightly less frantic days of funk music. Baby Huey’s album was released after his death at 26 (a drug-related heart attack, according to wikipedia). It didn’t do well upon its initial release, and was largely forgotten until the 1980s, when it was heavily-sampled by hip hop and rap artists. Now, it’s considered to be a psychedelic-funk classic.
Music geek article of the day: What is the time signature of the Terminator theme song?
I’ve always noticed that there was something very strange about the Terminator theme song. It seems to lurch forward in an odd way, but I, like most people, never paid much attention to the time signature of the song. As it turns out, the composer Brad Fiedel made a slight timing mistake when he was manually setting up the original drum loop for the song, resulting in the song having a 13/16 time signature.
Counted out, that would be 1-2-3 1-2-3 1-2-3 1-2 1-2. He liked the sound and went with it. He only later discovered how very messed up the time signature was when Henry Mancini asked him for sheet music for the theme, forcing him to ask a classically-trained musician to help him figure out how to write out the score.