Back in my college days, a friend and I would always test each other’s geeky movie knowledge by quoting lines from our favorite flicks and seeing if the other one could name the film. We called it “Quotebusting,” and I’m sure we weren’t the only ones playing it. After graduating we continued the game whenever we met up, which unfortunately was less and less as the years went by. Now we still send the occasional one by email, but it’s not quite the same.
Recently, we’ve had a couple of variations going on over in the GeekDad community, one with quotable lines and the other with messed-up of stills from the films, and both have been good fun. We’ve also posted a big list of the “100 Movie Quotes Every Geek Should Know” here on GeekDad before, as well as finding out your Top 10 Quotes. And now here’s another variation for your brain tingling delight – recognizing the dialogue when it’s sampled into a song.
Over the years I’ve built up a massive library of music, and given that most of it leans towards electronica, a lot of it contains samples, and a lot of those samples tend to be from sci-fi or least ‘geeky’ movies. Sometimes you can recognize the voice of the actor, but not know the film. Maybe even visualize the person saying the line and the scene in your head, but not be able to place it. Other times you can be watching a film and suddenly hear the sample in its original place and say to yourself, “so that’s where that came from!” It becomes a great way to increase your connection with the artist making the music – in a ‘oh, they like the same films as me’ kinda way, and prove to yourself how much of a geek you really are!
So here’s an easy one to get you started. The song has same name as the artist and also the film from which the dialogue was sampled from! If you’re really stuck, then look at the picture at the top of the post.
From now on they get a bit trickier. Unfortunately some of the tracks take their names from the sample, which might make it a bit easier to guess them so try not to cheat! And, for the sake of the children, don’t read the comments on the YouTube pages! I fully confess to not actually knowing all of them for sure, so maybe you can help me out in the comments. I’ll leave my answers in inviso-text at the bottom of the post, but feel free to contradict me and add your own ones.
Link – Amazon Amenity (Chameleon Remix)
Two samples for the price of one here! First one at the beginning and the other at about 4:35.
Underworld – Mmm, Skyscraper I Love You
Sample appears around 5:04, but you should really listen to it all!
The Future Sound of London – [redacted]
Sample is at about 3:07 and gives the track its title.
Jedi Knights – Dances of the Naughty Knights
Sample is at the beginning with a bit extra at the end too.
The Orb – Earth (Gaia)
This whole post could be about samples The Orb has made, but this one is about 10 seconds in. There is also another bibical-sounding sample later on, but I still don’t know where that’s from!
Biosphere – Seti Project
Intro to the track again…
DJ Crystl – Mind Games
The sample kicks off this drum and bass classic from the early ’90s. I thought I knew where this one came from, but now I’m not so sure.
Microglobe – Trust
Part of the sample loops in whispers trough most of the track, but the main part is in the break at about 4:10.
Aphex Twin – [redacted]
Opens the track once more, and I’m sure I’ve heard this line sampled in other tracks too; bonus points if you can name one!
Orbital – Moebius
It’s a theory… listen out for another clip midway through if you can’t get it from the one at the beginning.
So, how did you do? Here come the answers, so stop reading now if you don’t want to know.
1. First one is Planet of the Apes (I think), second is from Ferris Bueller
2. Yes! No! It’s the Bit from the original Tron
3. If they’re a benefit, they’re not Deckard’s problem!
4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail’s Knights Who Say Ni!
5. Ming the Merciless is bored, only Flash Gordon can save the day
6. Those crazy kids who accidentally launched a shuttle from SpaceCamp
7. I thought it was from Back To The Future, but they only say half of the sample. Any ideas?
8. Would you trust Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in The Abyss?
9. The great Gene Wilder as Mr Willy Wonka
10. Worf’s voice is unmistakable here, as is Geordie’s. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this episode of Star Trek TNG though. Oribital used the same sample on their next album too.