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'Break-beat music and hip-hop culture were happening at the same time as the emergence of disco (in 1974 known as party music). Disco was also created by DJs in its initial phase, though these tended to be club jocks rather than mobile party jocks..... records by Barry White, Eddie Kendricks and others became dancefloor hits in New York clubs like Tamberlane and Sanctuary and were crossed over onto radio by Frankie Crocker at station WBLS. There were many parallels in the techniques used by Kool DJ Herc and a pioneering disco DJ like Francis Grasso, who worked at Sanctuary, as they used similar mixtures and superimpositions of drumbeats, rock music, funk and African records. For less creative disco DJs, however, the ideal was to slip-cute smoothly from the end of one record into the beginning of the next. They also created a context for breaks rather than foregrounding them and the disco records which emerged out of the influence of this type of mixing tended to feature long introductions, anthemic choruses and extended vamp sections, all creating a tension which was released by the break. Break-beat music simply ate the cherry off the top of the cake and threw the rest away. In the words of Grandmaster Flash...

'Disco was brand new then and there were a few jocks that had monstrous sound systems but they wouldn't dare play this kind of music. They would never play a record where only two minutes of the song was all it was worth. They wouldn't buy those types of records. The type of mixing that was out then was blending from one record to the next or waiting for the record to go off and wait for the jock to put the needle back on.''
- Grandmaster Flash - 1984 - by David Toop. Rap Attack 2, 62. New York: Serpent's Tail.

A scratch is nothing but the back-cueing that you hear in your ear before you push it out to the crowd. All you have to know is mathematically how many times to scratch it and when to let it go..... when certain things will enhance the record you're listening to. For instance, if you're playing a record with drums... horns would sound nice to enhance it so you get a record with horns and slip it in at certain times.
- Grandmaster Flash - 1991 - by David Toop. Rap Attack 2, 65. New York: Serpent's Tail

Herc really slipped up. With the monostrous power he had he couldn't mix too well. He was playing little breaks but it would sound so sloppy. I noticed that the mixer he was using was a GLI 3800. It was a very popular mixer at that time. It's a scarcity today but it's still one of the best mixers GLI ever made. At the time he wasn't using no cueing. In other words, the hole was there for a headphone to go in but I remember he never had headphones over his ears. All of a sudden, Herc had headphones but I guess he was so used to dropping the needle down by eyesight and trying to mix it that from the audio part of it he couldn't get into it too well.
- Grandmaster Flash - 1991 - by David Toop. Rap Attack 2: African Rap To Global Hip Hop, 62. New York: Serpent's Tail

Submitted by: LucidLupin

Music Performer Pseudonyms:

Also known as: Joseph Saddler. Submitted by: rap

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
Grandpa-Ster FlashIt's a guy and he's old enough to be a grandfatherPeggy Dish Rack

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"The Message," Grandmaster Flash"Spam," Weird Al Yankovic

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"White Lies" originally "White Lines"
Karen Smith

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"White Liners" originally "White Lines"
Lisa Rose
"Whiter Lines" originally "White Lines"
Lisa Rose
"White Linens" originally "White Lines"
Makes sense to me!

Change a Letter:

"White Linen" originally "White Lines"
Karen Smith
"White Linus" originally "White Lines"
Karen Smith
"White Lints" originally "White Lines"
Karen Smith
"White Lanes" originally "White Lines"
Karen Smith
"The Massage" originally "The Message"
Doug Graves

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"The Message""The New Message"The Offenders
"White Lines""White Sticks"Dylan Baranski

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
White LinesRehab ClinicsDave

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
The MessageAmputation ClinicRosie

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Roberta Flash
Roberta Flack combined with Grandmaster Flash
Alternately: Grandmaster Flack
Submitted By: Ariane
Ariana Grandemaster Flash
Ariana Grande combined with Grandmaster Flash
Submitted By: Stu L. Pigeon
Grandmaster Lady Flash
Grandmaster Flash combined with Lady Flash
Submitted By: Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Grahammaster Nash
Grandmaster Flash combined with Graham Nash
Submitted By: Stu L. Pigeon

There are additional Grandmaster Flash Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"White Lines"
Misheard Lyrics:
Govern-nerds corrected
Original Lyrics:
Governors corrected
"White Lines"
Misheard Lyrics:
Something going m'namanam
Original Lyrics:
Something of a phenomenon
"White Lines"
Misheard Lyrics:
Break line
Original Lyrics:
White lines
"The Message"
Misheard Lyrics:
'Cause the man with the torture repossessed my car.
Original Lyrics:
'Cause the man with the tow-truck repossessed my car.
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"New York New York"
Better Lyrics:
D.C. D.C., big city of schemes
But everything in D.C. ain't always what it seems
You might get fooled when the Clintons are in town
But Trump got elected and the old system's goin' down
As such, too many insiders, as such (so flawed)
Lobby bunch, too many paid staffers, as such, "They're Fired!" come January 20th...
Original Lyrics:
New York New York, big city of dreams
And everything in New York ain't always what it seems
You might get fooled if you come from out of town
But I'm down by law and I know my way around
Too much, too many people, too much (aha-ha)
Too much, too many people, too much, Raaah!
Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"White Lines (Don't Do It)"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
He got out 3 years from now
Why They're Nonsensical:
Inconsistent tense; this line shifts from past ("got out") to future ("3 years from now").
Submitted by: Mr. Critic

Song Title Space Change:

"The Mess Age" originally "The Message"
What a mess age we live in!
Submitted by: Brianna Holden

Band Name Anagrams:

Mad Flasher Grants Submitted by: Terror Reid
Grandma's Art Shelf Submitted by: Harry
Grandma Half-Rests Submitted by: Harry

Song Title Anagrams:

"White Niles" originally "White Lines"
Pluralizes the name of a river
Submitted by: Natalie Lundgren
"The Sea Gems" originally "The Message"
Submitted by: Stu L. Pigeon
"Mega-Sheets" originally "The Message"
Submitted by: Stu L. Pigeon
"These Games" originally "The Message"
Submitted by: Stu L. Pigeon

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Light Whines" originally "White Lines"
Submitted by: michelle (hell in mice)

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