[rumori] The Potency of the White Label

Jarrod5083ataol.com [rumori] The Potency of the White Label
Tue, 1 Jun 1999 01:44:57 EDT (00928215897, 4915cd64.2484cd59ataol.com)

Thought I'd write everyone with an amusing story I heard on the origins of a
British club classic.

Almost everyone knows the song "Tom's Diner" by DNA, if not by name then by Suzanne Vega's incessant "Doot Doot Doodoot Doo Doodoo Doot" layered over an intense triphop beat. What's interesting about the whole thing however is the
fact that, though the released single says DNA f/ Suzanne Vega, the original
lyrics were from a Suzanne Vega song. The ambient triphop duo DNA sampled the
entire acapella version of the song, modified its flow somewhat, and set it
to a heavy dance beat. The original white label sold extremely fast, and was
played all over in Britain's clubs, until eventually radio stations accross
Europe were playing the catchy dance tune. Suzanne Vega and A&M threatened to sue if the song was released for mass
market consumption, so a deal was struck between them, and the single, DNA
featuring Suzanne Vega, hit the store shelves, and sold millions of copies.

An excellent example of collage artists overcoming record label woes :)

Jarrod Acquistapace
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