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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Don't Touch My Records. Ever.

Ever seen the movie Diner? It's a really great, kind of slept movie from the early 80's. There is one scene I've always loved where Daniel Stern's Shrevie character is having an argument (one of many) with his wife. He's yelling at her for messing up the organization of his records. Towards the end of the fight she asks...

"Who cares what's on the flip side of a record?"

His response?

"I do! Every one of my records means something. The label, the producer, the year it was made. Who was copying whose style, who was expanding on that. Don’t you understand? When I listen to my records, they bring me back to certain points in my life, ok? Just don’t touch my records. Ever."

Even though he's being a huge dick in the scene, I love the dialogue. Before storming out of the house, he tells her he remembers exactly what song was playing when they first met at a high school dance.

The point of telling you all of this? The homie Steinski does a really nice edit on his Nothing to Fear: A Rough Mix album where he mixes in the dialogue from this scene. It's so perfect.

I thought all you fellow record heads would appreciate it. Give it a good listen, because there is a lot going on throughout the track. When the line "They take me back..." comes in, Steinski mixes in a sample of "The Clapping Song" by Shirley Ellis, which Stein saw Jazzy Jay spin at a party back in the day. It had a profound impact on him and he talks about it in the documentary Scratch. Just as a heads up, he doesn't drop the sample until towards the end of the track.


The Id [Small World Mix]- Steinski

1 comment:

Mr.1derful said...

daniel stern classic