Rip-off or homage, here are ten of the greatest hits that pinched classical music in the name of pop.
10. David Shire: Night on Disco Mountain
Composer David Shire, better known for his work in musical theatre, composed original music for the 1977 American dance film Saturday Night Fever (for which he received two Grammy Award nominations). He also worked on several disco adaptations including the cult hit Night on Disco Mountain.
For those of you afraid of what the Bee Gees might sound like singing Mussorgsky this was mercifully an instrumental only track, but if your idea of hell is disco versions of the classics, check out what was achieved with Night on Bald Mountain:
And if you think that’s extreme, check out rapper Remy Martin who sampled Mussorgsky for the 2006 song Whateva:
But wait, we’ve not finished with you yet. If you really want to shock your classical sensibilities try some serious drum and bass: Torqux and Twist (DnB) present Bare Nite (Handy hint – the sample doesn’t come until 42 seconds in but you don’t have to go the full five minutes to get the gist)…
And then wash your soul clean with Mussorgsky’s original:
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