Every once in a while, I’ll hear a song that catches my attention, and then I can’t resist going online to do some research. Like when I first heard Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” [MTV music video] and then finding out a few weeks later it was built around a sample of the 1971 hit “Are You My Woman?”[Windows Media audio clip from Amazon] by the Chi-Lites. Or when I heard the background music to a Lincoln car commercial about 4 years ago and discovered it was a song called “Get A Move On” [QuickTime music video] by Mr. Scruff, who sampled “Bird’s Lament (In Memory of Charlie Parker)” [song provided by Rhapsody] by Moondog. Or just recently, when I dug into Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” [QuickTime music video] and read that they sampled a song from the soundtrack of a 1968 Italian cowboy movie [MP3 audio]!

But of course, no one can beat Weird Al. His latest triumph: turning Chamillionaire’s “Ridin'” [MTV music video] into “White and Nerdy” [MTV music video] — if you don’t click on any other icon, click on this one! After more than two decades, he has not lost his touch.

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