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De La Soul. Eye Know.

May I cut this dance to introduce myself as
The chosen one to speak
Let me lay my hand across yours
And aim a kiss upon your cheek

This was the tune that kicked of my general obsession with popular music. I bought it on Cassingle and played it until the quality completely deteriorated. Here, I have included the album original, 3 English remixes and the original UK B-side (The wonderful ‘The Mack Daddy On The Left’).

During my research for this blog post I found a couple of covers, the first one is a charming live acoustic version by a gentleman from Edinburgh called The Original Greeno, sang in a Scottish brogue with Ukulele. The second cover is from the recent Mix tape (Mick Boogie & Terry Urban: ‘Le Da Soul: 20 Years of De La Soul) celebrating 20 years since De La Souls legendary début album ‘3ft High & Rising’. This modern adaptation is produced by one of the current breed of excellent Hip Hop producers 6th Sense.

Also included is four of the songs which were sampled for this song, or the song remixes. There weren’t many Hip Hop acts sampling Steely Dan back in 89′ and I hope that the (recently rumoured) possibility that De La re-record this song with Steely really comes off.

1. Eye Know. Album Version.

177kbps. 4min13secs. download HERE.

2. Eye Know. The Kiss Mix. (by Dave Dorrell & CJ Mackintosh)

192kbps. 4min49secs. download HERE.

3. Eye Know. The Know It All Mix. (by Dave Dorrell & CJ Mackintosh)

198kbps. 7min12secs. download HERE.

4. Eye Know. The Daisy Bass Mix. (by Chad Jackson)

320kbps. 6min35secs. download HERE.

5. The Mack Daddy On The Left. featuring Chi-Ali (Original UK B-Side).

192kbps. 2min29secs. download HERE.


and a couple of covers…

6. The Original Greeno. Eye Know (Acoustic, Scottish, Ukulele)

128kbps. 4min26secs. 2009. download HERE.

7. Kid Daytona featuring Mike Maven. Eye Know. produced by 6th Sense

320kbps. 4min09secs. 2009. download HERE. from the Le Da Soul Mixtape.


and the songs that were sampled…


8. The Mad Lads. Make This Young Lady Mine.

312kbps. 2min23secs. 1969. download HERE.

9. Otis Redding. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay.

320kbps. 2min45secs. 1968. download HERE.

10. Steely Dan. Peg.

320kbps. 4mins. 1978. download HERE.

11. Steely Dan. FM.

199kbps. 5min06secs. 1978. download HERE.


I also need to know where the actual drum break for Eye Know comes from. I heard it was a Lee Dorsey song which sounds about right, I wll include it here when I find it.

Schumacher & Battiston. Seville. 1982.

First memory of Football was the collision between West German goalkeeper Harald “Toni” Schumacher & the French defender Patrick Battiston at the 1982 World Cup semi-final played in the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, the home of Seville Football Club. I was 7 years old, I would have been watching the T.V. from Bristol in England.

heres some video of the incident I pinched from youtube

Hooked like a fish, The drama of a prone Battiston on our telly, seemingly dead (He’s dead, he’s fucking killed him), watching Schumacher wave it all away like everything was ok (Battiston had teeth knocked out, damaged vertebrae and was fast slipping into a coma) watch Battiston reach the ball ten yards before the German, watch the German turn his hip in mid-air and smash it into the Frenchman’s head.

Hands over mouths over Europe, foreheads wrinkled, eyes bulged, jaws dropped, the French milling around the horizontal defender beckoning the physio to rush, I would have joined in with that collective moment that communities have every now & again, Mum telling Dad to turn it over to stop us from witnessing, the kids watching the telly like they have just seen murder.. The crime made even worse by the lack of any penalty/free kick/punishment. The Germans eventually winning on penalties, and the righteous indignation from all. Glorious defeat for Platini’s France.

The reaction of my family made me remember, like when you ask someone what there earliest memory is, often its a fall or a cut or a burn, this was my traumatic first memory of the beautiful game, contemporary footballers and football experiences are doomed to live up to my memories of football from 82 to 90, of Platini, Giresse, Zico, Rummenigge, Maradona, Rossi, Screaming Tardelli, Lineker (when he was cool).. eternal summers, street football from morning until moonlight…

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