Sampling in music has been a popular practice since the 1970s, mainly in the hip-hop world to recycle old drum beats. Over the years, it has become a staple in music, with artists using samples ranging from movie scenes to voice messages.
Many groups frequently incorporate movie scenes and important quotes into their music, merging different artistic mediums. Here are some memorable examples where your favorite bands took inspiration and took snippets from iconic films.
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1. New glory found – “Hit Or Miss”
MOVIE: The foreigners (1983)
The original pressing of Newly found glory‘s Nothing gold can stay included samples of various films such as The foreigners, This thing you do! and Strange sciences. Ponyboy’s token quote introduces the record and kicks off with “Hit Or Miss”. The inclusion of this sample enhances the record with a touch of youth, which still holds up over 20 years later.
2. Slipknot – “(Sic)”
MOVIE: Carlito’s Way (1993)
Among Noosethe large sample library (thanks to Craig Jones), the tension-filled bathroom scene from Carlito’s Way in “(Sic)” is without a doubt the most recognizable sample of their discography. Although it only lasts a few seconds, Al Pacino’s bellicose character merges perfectly with the primordial vigor of Slipknot.
3. Deep neck – “Kick It”
MOVIE: Back to the future (1985)
To the neck‘s Rain in July The EP opens and ends with excerpts from Back to the future. The short intro track, “Kick It,” features the scene where Marty auditions for the Bands Battle and is immediately dismissed for playing too loud.
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4. Ataris – “Your boyfriend sucks”
MOVIE: A tale from the Bronx (1993)
“Your boyfriend sucks” by the Ataris is one of the most eerie green-eyed songs in the band’s catalog. The outro uses the classic scene from A tale from the Bronx where Sonny teaches “the door test” to Calogero. “The Door Test” is an old-fashioned trick to tell if a girl is selfish by seeing if she unlocks the car door for the driver after escorting her to the passenger seat. This sample gracefully ends the song with clear resolution.
5. Motionless in white – “We only go out at night”
MOVIE: Dracula (1931)
As die-hard fans of horror films and Gothic aesthetics, it’s no surprise that Motionless in white would use a sample of the original Dracula movie. Also inspired by the vampire horror-comedy movie The lost boys, “We Only Come Out At Night” illustrates the nocturnal adventures of a vampire, and Count Dracula’s creepy line is a fitting intro for the song.
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6. Silverstein – “Don’t bleed anymore”
MOVIE: Fight club (1999)
“No more bleeding” from SilversteinThe debut album is short and sweet but also fiercely aggressive. The song slows down into the bridge with melodic vocals and dramatic orchestrations. Marla’s piercing quote from Fight club plays a crucial role in bringing the heaviness back with the verse, perfectly capturing the unbearable agony and distress.
7. AFI – “Kung-Fu Devil”
MOVIE: Tank dogs (1992)
AFIThe debut album featured several audio clips from film and television. With the album cover alluding to Tank dogs, the 10th track on the record, “Kung-Fu Devil,” begins with the film’s opening scene, which contains the iconic breakfast conversation between the eight thugs.
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8. Chelsea Grin – “Crewcabanger”
MOVIE: Travel by car (2000)
Many groups usually sample a notable scene or a memorable monologue, but Chelsea grin decided to keep things light. Despite the song’s vulgar and vengeful lyrics, the band took note of a hilarious quote from Travel by car and saw it as a perfect fit for a pre-blackout call.
9. Counterparts – “Carpe Diem”
MOVIE: Circle of Missing Poets (1989)
The downtempo instrumental break of Counterparts‘ Prophets features an influential quote from John Keating in Circle of Missing Poets. While the track references Keating’s sense of seizing the day, the sample softens the interlude with a scene that is both inspiring and pivotal in film history.
10. Parkway Drive – “Guns for the show, knives for a pro”
MOVIE: Die hard (1988)
It’s hard to pick a favorite moment in a movie like Die hard, corn Promenade Promenade stuck to the simplest of all. “Yippee-ki-yay, son of a bitch,” the famous phrase uttered by Bruce Willis, is placed just before dropping a crash, preparing listeners for an intense headbanging session.
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