Saturday, June 03, 2006


Excellent new weird-music blog Dinosaur Gardens (contributers include Mr Evolution Control Committee, and the guy from the great local (L.A.) Space Age theremin-a-go-go combo Seksu Roba) posted a 1968 recording by the father of Minimalist composition, Terry Riley, that just might be considered the first remix of a pop song: "...the proprietor of a local discotheque asked Riley to compose a piece to be played in his club, and Riley obliged  —  but with a version of Harvey Averne's "You're No Good", a single off Averne’s 1968 Atlantic LP Viva Soul..."

The result is 12 minutes of tape-looped lunacy, with sine-wave and Moogs thrown in here and there as well. Was this actually played at the disco? And did anyone dance?

And who knew there was a soul-man named "Harvey"?

Terry Riley "You're Nogood"


The Bobo said...

I so humbly have to differ with you,Mr. Fab. Dickie Goodman was the first artist to use sampling and in his music."The Flying Saucer" from 1958 although he his probaly best known for "Mr. Jaws" back in '76.
However,I suppose,remixing could be slightly different since pop music is overlayed unto each other. I do recall though that Goodman is considered the forefather to rap(which heavily uses sampling and remixes).

Mr Fab said...

Yeah, and I forgot about James Tenney's cut-up of Elvis' "Blue Suede Shoes" around '60/61. And you had the Jamaican dub cats.

The "official" first remix is an extended version of a '70s disco song, but clearly it goes way back.

florian said...

this song is amazing, so is the "remix"...
thanks for this one