I’ve decided to go in a different direction with this song,¬†and I think writing an original track worked out for the best, but I thought my letter to Tangerine Dream asking for sampling permissions might be an interesting read and a kind of pre-emptive song blog! ūüôā You know I love my song blogs. It was surreal to write this , track down contact info, and eventually send this baby. One songwriter lives in Germany, one is deceased, and the other never replied for unknown reasons. Read it all up!
Hello Tangerine Dream team!
My name is Rhune Kincaid, and I’m a musical comedian working in Los Angeles. I’ve written a rap song (using Tangerine Dream samples) about how Risky Business is one of the most awesome and underrated movies of the 1980’s and all-time. That sentiment is not a joke, but I hope some of my rhymes and wordplay within the lyrics might make you crack a smile.
I didn’t see Risky Business until the 2000’s (I was in college), but I thought it was clever, multi-leveled, and genuinely funny and meaningful. No small part of that feeling came from the music provided by Tangerine Dream. The first track, “The Dream is Always the Same,” hit me like a ton of bricks, and I thought that “Love on a Real Train (Risky Business)” was a masterpiece. It was my first inspiration in this endeavor.
I watched the movie one more time with a notepad, writing down themes and rhymes and narrowing down why I felt the movie was so meaningful to me the first time I saw it and why it remains powerful 30+ years later. Furthermore, I wanted to feel all of the music in context and draw inspiration from the most exemplary piece. It was, unsurprisingly, the hypnotic arpeggios and monumental chord progressions of “Love on a Real Train (Risky Business).”
I combined beatbox with looping samples from the track to compose my rap track. To be specific, I’ve used three sections of the 3:58 long track from the original CD release. The samples are:
00:00-00:34 of the original track (1x)
02:03-02:12 of the original track (16x)
02:12-2:38 of the original track (2x)
My track is 3:36 long in total, and I couldn’t be more proud of how it turned out.
It is my sincere hope that you, the composers, and the publishers will bless my use of the samples. It is my understanding that I’ll need to arrange permission from the three composers, namely the estate of Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke, and¬†Johannes¬†Schmoelling, as well as the publishers, Universal Geffen Music and Warner Olive Music, LLC (which I believe are now both a part of Universal Music Group). If any of that is incorrect, or if there is a better route to contacting the appropriate parties, please let me know. I’m doing the best I can from working from the ASCAP database!
If you can assist me in any way with contacting the composers and securing their permission to publish my song, I would be most grateful. I am preparing an album of 21 songs that I have worked on over the last 7… ok, 8 years, and this track is one of the strongest (and most fun to play). I’m sure it will be a difficult task to contact all parties, but I know it will be worth it!
Please let me know what it would take to secure your permission to publish the track. I am happy to provide a demo and lyric sheet if it will help any of the decision makers to make their decisions.¬†I think you will find it to be a lovingly crafted homage.
Also, while I’ve got your ear, the score for¬†Grand Theft Auto V¬†is another masterpiece that I feel intensely compelled to compliment! ūüôā
Album production (mixing if you’re curious) has slowed¬†me from writing nerd stuff for Ranker.com as much as I’d like, but I still manage the odd¬†listicle. In fact, the mix in this group may be odder than the usual. You get some TV, some sports, and some comic book gore all rolled up with a dash of time travel.
With how messed up the main characters of Archer are, you forget how messed up the villains are. In fact, sometimes I forget who the villains are. Read this article and more sentences that end in a preposition to refresh your memory!
My favorite will always be Barry… or Other Barry. I can’t decide. What do you think Other Rhune? Oh, I couldn’t say, Rhune.
This list may seem impractical, but it is probably the most important list you’ll ever read. If, and when, I come into possession of a time machine, if I haven’t already, and enough timejuice to make my way across the space/time continuum, I’m going to be hitting up these games and matches in reverse order of the order they’ve been ranked in by you, the Ranker. My fate is in your hands. I’m especially looking forward to the inhospitable weather games. I can’t believe Jackie Robinson has been voted down so far. Who are you people? Who downvotes Jackie Robinson under any circumstances?
Ranker was on a real kick for lists about gore. So I told them that I know the Sin City comics like the back of my non-gory hand and took a crack at making this list. I don’t know how the roller-booting decapitation remains so low on the list, but I only have one vote to give!
Hey gang! Here’s a weird story about two songs that I bet you never knew I worked on!
About six years ago, I was commissioned to work on two songs for an English-language version of an animated film from Denmark. It was called Terkel I Knibe (Terkel in Trouble). The task was pretty unique. The movie had two songs that had been produced in Danish that needed to be re-sung, re-produced, and translated with as much humor as possible into English. ¬†I got to see the whole movie, but more than half of the dialogue was still in Danish. A stream¬†of bizarre, outrageous, half-understood, and obscene animated images paraded before my eyes so I could get a feel for the tone. And then I did the job!¬†I made Americanized versions of “Mr. Cool” and “F*** Off and Die.”
SIX YEARS LATER
The movie is finally coming to America! It’s been renamed The Trouble with Terkel¬†and has already scored a spot¬†in the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. ¬†It’s also making a west coast debut at the Laemmle Noho 7 on February 3rd at 10pm. . I’ll be there, and it would be cool if you were too! Be warned though; just because this is an animated movie about kids does not mean it is for kids. It is a hard R with some rau-au-au-unchy stuff. Raunchy stuff. The aforementioned “trouble,” that the protagonist, “Terkel,” is “in” is both disturbing and profound. But I’ll be singing in it for a couple of minutes, so it’s all ok!
tl;dr I made two songs for this movie that’s playing at the Laemmle NoHo 7 on 02/03/17!
I am vehemently against Captain America being made gay in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and here’s why:
If you are longing for gay comic book hero that you can admire and idolize, then you don’t know anything about comic books, can’t function Google, and in my opinion, don’t deserve to be a part of the conversation.
If half the energy put into #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend went into adapting The Authority into a mature and faithful film, it would be light-years better for the community, comic books as a medium, and the world.
Begging to have an agenda-switch flipped on an existing character is so sad and desperate when writers are making amazing things that fit the agenda and the offended parties are just too lazy or busy being offended to find it.
That’s the fans’ job in this exchange: to find what you like and support it. If you don’t, who will? And if your demographic is small, then it makes that job that much more important. Do your job.