Musical Trainspotting: Feat. Black Box, Loleatta Holloway and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

Musical Trainspotting: Feat. Black Box, Loleatta Holloway and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

How many artists can rip a sample from one song? The answer is more than ten in the case of Love Sensation by Loretta Holloway. Do me a favour and listen to this song and see how many samples you can pick…

FYI: These songs would be nowhere near as good without Loleatta Holloway’s vocals

1. Ride on Time by Black Box (Whom Holloway successfully sued because they didn’t ask her permission to use the sample. Black Box would argue in court that they thought Holloway was dead, so that’s why they used it. Nice guys, nice).

2. I Don’t Know Anybody Else (1989) by Black Box/Martha Wash.

3. Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

4. Take me Away by 2 in a Room

5. You Got Me (Burnin’ Up) by Cevin Fisher

6. Grand Piano by The Mixmaster

I stumbled on Love Sensation via a streaming radio show online and pretty much lost my shit at that moment (double rainbow style) because it contained samples for some of the most killer dance tracks of the early 90’s. An auspicious and effervescent time for pop music if ever there was one!

Now if I had the money and the time I would definitely invest in a whole raft of vinyl and a turntable and learn to mix. Alas, I have never had the time. So therefore I am one of those painful individuals who is obsessed with music of many eras and genres, but yet plays no instrument whatsoever.

Holloway’s soulful disco sound fitted in well with the acid-house and NRG scenes of around that time. Plus later house producers sampled her in Love Sensation a lot.

Those amazing abs and that piano melody though!

Dishonourable mentions

Some songs sampling Holloway were pretty crap in my opinion, so I decided not to upload the videos.

1. Blind Faith ft. Liam Bailey – Chase and Status (No More Idols)

2. Ellis D – Just Like a Queen (Share the Throne Mix)

3. Bootleg Fireworks (Burning Up) (2012) by Dillon Francis

4. Overtime (2013) by Cash Cash

5. We All Feel Better in the Dark by the Pet Shop Boys

6. I Wanna Have Some Fun by Samantha Fox

7. Take Me Away by Capella 

Those soaring vocals though!

Sadly, Loleatta Holloway died in 2011 of heart failure and left behind four children. Vale lovely lady.

Musical Trainspotting: Feat. Black Box, Loleatta Holloway and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

Next time around we look at Kate Bush and where her voice has popped up over the years.


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