Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Amen Break

I am delighted to learn there is a distinct name for the drumming pattern of Sinead O'Connor's "I Am Stretched on Your Grave":

Hers is a slow adaptation of it, one I've found compelling for a long time before I realized it had a name. It is called "The Amen Break," as thoroughly explained in this video:

Nirvana used it too, as did the Spinanes -- not as samples per se, but as distinct drum tracks. The drums to the coda of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" are a close cousin.

Did it really begin in 1969? I have a hard time believing that. It strikes me as pretty basic.

(via 3QD)

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