Archive for April 30th, 2012
It was 1988, and I was in my seventh grade year. There were two singles by completely different acts (from different musical genres) with the exact same title, Wild Wild West. The first was by rapper Kool Moe Dee (which, unfortunately, I was unable to find a decent version to copy over). The other one was by a UK group, The Escape Club.
After borrowing the cassette for KMD’s How Ya Like Me Now from the library on the base and listening to it several times, I remember being at a school dance one night (back when they were actually held at night, not right after school), and the DJ played the Escape Club version. Soon after, I went up to him and the exchange went something like this:
Me: Can you play Wild Wild West?
DJ: I just played it.
Me: Not that one, the other one… by Kool Moe Dee.
DJ: (blank stare)
A decade or so later, when the movie Wild Wild West came out (starring Wil Smith & Kevin Kline), Smith recorded a track for the soundtrack which included a sample of the Kool Moe Dee version. Here’s the Escape Club version, although I recommend tracking down How Ya Like Me Now and giving it a listen.