Pop Culture Happy Hour No. 322: Arrival and Seratonin-Boosting Pop Culture

Amy Adams in ARRIVAL

I was delighted as always to join my friends Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Jessica Reedy for this week’s badly-needed Pop Culture Happy Hour, wherein no one mentions politics at all because that’s not how we do on this show. Here’s the episode.

The name the lazy file-clerk in my brain was trying to retrieve while Stephen was talking about how much he loves the Anthrax & Public Enemy version of Public Enemy’s jam “Bring the Noise” was Clyde Stubblefield: Clyde is the link between Stephen’s picks and mine, because he was James Brown’s drummer at Brown’s late-60s-to-mid-70s peak. That drums sample you hear at the end of “Bring the Noise” is Stubblefield’s — likely the most-sampled riff ever — originally recorded for Brown’s “Funky Drummer” in 1970.

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