People Got to Be Free

June 8, 2010 1:07 PM

Cover of The Rascals' song that was a Billboard #1 hit on the day I was born. With a bit of a nod to "The Model."

Played on my Moog and my Roland TR-606 drum machine, so it's largely analog. The clap is a sample from the 808, because the 606 doesn't have a clap. Also I chopped up the drums and split them onto different tracks because the 606 only has a single mono output. Oh and I used midi to trigger a few of the Moog basslines. And I recorded it on computer instead of a 2" 24-track tape machine. So I guess it's sort of a modern-day analog/digital hybrid. But you're listening to an mp3 of it, so really, it's entirely digital. Nevermind.

posted by chococat (10 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

Well....zis particular model iss lookink goot. Great stuff choco, love it!
posted by MajorDundee at 2:38 PM on June 8, 2010

i liked it too.
posted by peterkins at 3:14 PM on June 8, 2010

Love that snaky synth line that pops up between the verses. Fun listening, overall!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:29 PM on June 8, 2010

I am generally impressed with what you do, and a little jealous. This song gives me no reason to feel any differently. Nicely done.
posted by Pecinpah at 2:06 PM on June 9, 2010

Wait wait, we have the same birthday? Actually I guess it was a top song for a bit...
posted by jessamyn at 7:37 PM on June 9, 2010

I've always had a weakness for this particular tune. You've served it well.
posted by philip-random at 7:58 PM on June 9, 2010

Man, I love these sounds.
posted by uncleozzy at 6:35 AM on June 10, 2010

Love it. I've always loved The Model, especially the Snakefinger version -- working it in like this is a great tip of the hat.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:10 PM on June 11, 2010

Ha ha, that "Model" swipe is awesome.

My wife's #1 birthday song is the Rascals' "Groovin'" so we considered doing that one but went somewhere else instead.

It's fun hearing you being so electropop. This is really neat.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 2:45 AM on June 15, 2010

I was really, really tempted to do Du Sollst Nicht Weinen by Heintje; 1968 Germany's question to the answer that is Justin Bieber, and a song which proves that pop culture's obsession with pubescent hairstyle-boys who sing like ladies has a long and distinguished past.
Also that whole balancing on a log thing.
But I did this bizarre Swiss #1 from the same day, so that's something.
posted by chococat at 12:09 AM on June 20, 2010

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