A History of the "Apache" Breakbeat

Grandmaster Flash "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" (1981)

Album: N/A
Label: Sugar Hill
Producer: Sylvia Robinson, Joey Robinson, Jr.

And this was the first record-same label, same year-to cement the central place of the Bongo Band's "Apache" in the DJ canon, rather than the rap one, per se. Performed live on three turntables in a single, unbroken take-not the first-Grandmaster Flash tossed together "Apache" with Chic's "Good Times" and its big rip-off, Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust," Blondie's "Rapture," and several earlier Sugar Hill records like the world's greatest salad chef. "Apache" peeks through only onceat 0:35, for 17 seconds-but that taste is just right.

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