SAMPLE THIS (2012) – A Film by Dan Forrer
Well here’s a little doco that slipped through my viewing crackholes about a song ya may have heard before called “Apache” by Michael Viner’s Incredible Bongo Band.
Cold lampin’ on the couch the other night I was scrolling through the endless amount of generally subpar shit on Aus Netflix looking for a new show or movie to replace the life changing experience of Stranger Things. Could anything compare or compete with the brilliance I had just witnessed over 8 episodes…probably not!
So anyway, I came across a new release called ” Sample This”. Great! New music doco. Well, kinda. It’s a 2012 doco, but either way I had never heard of it. The title seemed familiar, but then again it’s pretty stock.
So I sat down and began watching….and low and behold….I quickly realised I’m watching a doco about the Incredible Bongo Band’s seminal B-Boy record of choice,”Apache”.
An hour and 25 minutes of breaking down the track, the band members, Michael Viner’s life, politics and various interviews with original band members and Hip Hop Kings (I’m excluding Af Bam’s fuckin’ retarded glasses from this) and narration from Gene Simmons, I came to the conclusion that this is well worth a watch. I can listen to this track over and over everyday for the rest of my life, and it will never bore me.
That’s pretty much the premise of the doco. It’s a great watch but quite disjointed in it’s narrative at times and takes some strange paths. I learnt so much from it regardless, especially about who Michael Viner actually was. But the highlight for me, has to be the Grandmaster Caz interviews. What a legend and ultimate Hip Hop head. Scroll past the standard Bam shit, and look out for Caz! Genius! Plenty of great people interviewed. I’ll leave that for you to discover.
Anyways, “Sample This” is well worth checking out. There’s a lot of great moments and knowledge dropped. And yeah, Gene Simmons was actually a friend of MV’s, that’s why he’s narrating. Recommended.
On Netflix now.