Who sampled who ? The Flirts vs Felix da Housecat
2001 saw the release of Kittenz and Thee Glitz, a critically-acclaimed LP that gained Felix mainstream exposure and worldwide coverage in dance music and fashion circles, and has often been mentioned as one of the pioneering releases of the electroclash movement. At the end of 2001, Felix won Best Album at the now-defunct Muzik Awards, beating the likes of Daft Punk that day. The ensuing fame brought Felix widespread popularity and remix work for superstars like Madonna, Britney Spears, and Kylie Minogue. The album’s first single, “Silver Screen Shower Scene” contains a sample of the The Flirts’s single “Passion”. The Flirts were a female trio from NY City who had several dance hits and music videos on MTV in the early eighties when the channel was still in its infancy. The group was created and masterminded by American Hi-NRG producer, Bobby Orlando aka ‘Bobby O’, an artist in his own right. I must say that while not being a fan of Felix da Housecat, especially since he’s an awful DJ, who gets booking only because of his fame, the sampled used here by is very well done. Felix took almost an hip-hop approach to sampling here. Instead of lifting the whole track, he went for just a little section of the original song, i.e. the bassline and the guitar riff. Silver scene cut one precise hook, while pitching it up and using timestretching technique.
As for the Flirts, if there’s one record which could be described as one of the sexiest, dirtiest record on the dancefloors ever, then it’s this record from the early 80’s. Before 1982 there weren’t many disco records which were entirely created with synthesizers and drumcomputers. It was (almost) always created with live instruments such as guitars and for example real horns. This record is completely electronic (maybe only the percussion is live) and it’s a blueprint for many Italo-records which followed afterwards. The Hotmix 5 guys from Chicago were canning it heavily in their mid-80’s radio-shows.
How Bobby Orlando did i t: I don’t know, but his sound has never been surpassed by others. Whenever u hear his productions, you’ll always recognise his sound. He also produced the very early version of Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls” before they went more “commercial”.
The Flirts : Passion [1982 : Undisc EP]
Felix da Housecat : Silver screen shower scene [2001 : Emperor Norton]