Last month, I dissected Girl Talk’s Feed the Animals using the list of samples lovingly collected by hundreds of Wikipedia users. But that was totally unofficial, a crowdsourced attempt to find musical needles in a giant mashup haystack.
Well, the official CDs were shipped out last week to everyone who donated more than $10. Inside, as promised, was the official sample list — a one-page insert with every single sample on the album. Steve Heil was the first to scan it and contact me.
Unfortunately, a huge block of printed small-caps text isn’t very useful for my kind of fun, so I tried throwing into several OCR engines on WeOCR to turn the image into text. Tesseract gave the best results, but it was still a mess that needed quite a bit of cleanup.
So how did the fans do, compared to the official list? Out of 322 samples, Wikipedia users found 242 of them (about 75%), leaving 80 songs unidentified. Here’s a list of the samples they didn’t find, at the point my snapshot was taken last month. (Several more were identified since then, or after this entry was posted.) Also available as a CSV, Excel, or Google Spreadsheet.
There were also 22 songs listed on the Wikipedia sample list that weren’t on the official list. Some of these are simple mistakes caused by similar-sounding clips, but several are samples that appeared in two different songs, like Len’s “Steal My Sunshine” which sampled “More, More, More” by The Andrea True Connection. (It’s also possible Gregg Gillis himself forgot he sampled songs that Wikipedia users found, like the unknown DJ Funk snippet he talks about in the Wired article.)
Also, I added a new field to my original spreadsheet, showing whether the sample listed appeared on the official list. We might never be able to match the unidentified samples with their songs without Gregg’s help, since the samples could be as short as a single beat.
If you want to help, feel free to send in your changes or updates and I’ll amend my spreadsheets. Thanks!