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Old Music Tuesdays: The Lust for Life Beat

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Old Music Tuesdays: The Lust for Life Beat

Old Music Tuesdays: The Lust for Life Beat

Thirty years ago, Iggy Pop put out Lust for Life, the second of two albums released in 1977 with David Bowie acting as producer. Lust for Life opens with one of the most infectious drum beats in rock.

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Credit on Lust for Life goes to Hunt Sales for the drums and Tony Sales for the bass. The two brothers were the children of Soupy Sales, a comedian and host of a very silly kids show in the '50s and '60s. Soupy even had a few records out, and was ever so briefly a Motown recording artist.

Now, we've all heard this beat before. But what hadn't occured to me (until a recent shuffle of songs on my iPod) was that the "Lust for Life" beat, with its accent on the 2nd and 4th beat and its bouncy swing, was heard 11 years earlier on a Motown recording by The Supremes.

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This, of course, is the song "You Can't Hurry Love," the summer hit from 1966. Who played the drums? I'm not sure; my guess is either Benny Benjamin or Pistol Allen (somebody help me on this one, please). Jack Ashford, the only person I know who is famous for playing the tambourine, did just that on this song. James Jamerson played bass.

This "Lust for Life" beat reappeared in the drums and bass of this song by Jet.

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I know this beat is on many more songs, but that is all my little brain cares to remember. Can you think of any other songs that use it?