Thursday, January 06, 2005

20th Century Steel Band and the sample that will never die

Any excuse to use this pic of Doug E.

20th Century Steel Band - Heaven and hell is on earth

Just one track today I'm afraid but it's an absolute bonafide gem. I've only ever heart one song by the 20th Century Steel but it's enough to warrant edition here. Even more shocking is that I can't really tell you anything about the band themselves - maybe you will have more luck googling for details than me.

The reason why i'm posting this song is that it's been used in many many many hip hop tunes but, bizarrely, most of them sample the very opening of the song before the tune kicks in. It's most famous is probably still Doug E Fresh's Back In The Days though for a full run down check here.

The irony is that the song itself is a wicked little steel drums number with high pitched singing and a superb riff. If i ever start making music myself it'll be the first place i go to steal drums from.

If you want to pick up a copy of this song it's available off numerous beats/breaks compilations.


jakob said...

yes, A classic indeed, I myself got a hold of a reissue on 12 inch. Lovely!

I would love if you could send me the song since I cannot find it anywhere and the link you put up have expired.

Anonymous said...

hi, my dad was actually in 20th century steel band. The band are very much split up but however the band members stayed in music and are still friends. They all live in london. The write upis great, my dad will be pleased when i show this to him

Junior said...

Hey, props to your dad for a quality piece of music!

Good to hear the guys in the band are still making music even if they have gone their seperate ways.

Many people have requested this song since I posted it so glad to report that the appreciation of the group is still very much alive.

Anonymous said...

hi again, where did ya get the info from about it being in a lauren hill song? The most famous id say is jenny from the block, but didnt know it was in this,

Anonymous said...

sorry got mixed up with my web sites, ignore my last comment

Steve Harris' Bubble Coat said...

The late, great, Salford Hip-Hop crew 'First Offence' sampled it heavily and added their own original lyrics on their song 'Heaven and Hell'. It was recorded for their debut LP 'Flowery Twats' during the mid 90's, but sadly never saw the light of day due to the LP's huge copyright expenses bill.
I got a copy off Billy Spiby from 'First Offence' a couple of years back, and the version of this song really is the dog's bollocks.


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