George Clinton is one of the most influential Funk artists on the planet, second only to James Brown. In addition to his solo work, he was the leader of the equally impressive Parliament and Funkadelic. He worked as a barber before his musical success, which may explain the creative hairstyles he's known for. Although his hair may turn heads, it's his music that continues to inspire and turn up in multitudes of hip-hop recordings. Much of his music has been re-engineered, but the George Clinton song "Atomic Dog" is one of the most sampled tracks in hip-hop music history.
Originally released in 1982 on the album Computer Games, the track Atomic Dog hit number 1 on the Billboard R&B Charts and reached #101 on the pop charts. It became legendary to DJs across America and has been sampled in many successful songs over the last couple of decades.
This playlist starts with the original song by Mr. Clinton and is followed by 26 tracks that sample it. It's an absorbing exercise to try and pick out the samples. You can also get an understanding of how a sample can be used differently, depending on the artist creating the new work. Although this list is not complete, it gives a detailed review of the influence the song "Atomic Dog" has had on popular music.
Songs That Sample "Atomic Dog" Playlist
12. Watch Yo Nuggets - Redman
18. Back Off - Fu-Schnickens
- George Clinton