A History of the "Apache" Breakbeat

C+C Music Factory "Things That Make You Go Hmm..." (1991)

Album: Gonna Make You Sweat
Label: Columbia
Producer: Robert Clivillés, David Cole, Freedom Williams

Of all the classic breakbeats that went from South Bronx turntables of the mid '70s to the charts of the early '90s, from James Brown's "Funky Drummer" (see George Michael's "Freedom '90") to the Soul Searchers' "Ashley's Roachclip" (see Milli Vanilli's "Girl You Know It's True"), "Apache" was probably too closely tied to its b-boy roots to power huge pop hits.

This hit from New York house producers-turned-chart mavens Robert Clivillés and David Cole's first album as C + C Music Factory is typical: The Bongo Band shows up on the turnarounds from chorus to bridge, while the track is powered by something simpler and more programmed. Taking its title from one of Arsenio Hall's late-night bits (not one of his better ones, either), it went to No. 4 and then became irrelevant almost instantly; Hall's show ended three years later.

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