Sample This Rza! Now, That’s What I Call Music
The title theme from 1974’s The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (composer: David Shire)
While the original Pelham One Two Three isn’t a masterpiece itself, it’s still better than that soulless remake with Denzel Washington. One of the older film’s biggest strengths is its soundtrack, a blistering series of 1970’s funk. One of Shire’s creations for the flick was sampled for Xzibit’s “Los Angeles Times.” This, the jazz-on-steroids number that opens the movie, is screaming for some hip-hop love. Hell, you wouldn’t even need to chop it up. (If this has been sampled before, I’ll stand corrected, though you’ll need to prove your claim)
“La Caccia,” from the original Dawn of the Dead (composer: Goblin)
Full disclosure: this one’s a ringer. George A. Romero’s 1978 zombie epic regularly battles A Clockwork Orange for my favorite-film-of-all-time honors. Goblin, an Italian band that blessed many a 1970’s horror film with their talents, recorded gem after gem for Dawn, but this one has long stood out as having potential for a radio hit. Get the right uptempo producer on the job, and you could very well have T.I.’s next hit; the first 18 seconds mainly, and then time between 0:18 and 0:40 could be where the chorus fits. That’s what my ears tell me, at least. Listen for yourselves and make the call.