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Let's talk about Jamiroquai - Scam for our successful future


Everyone talks about the virus that are making us despairing and force us to discuss seriously every day. On one of these days, I want to chill out a little with going back to the music where I started! 

The Return of the Space Cowboy

The Return of the Space Cowboy

  • アーティスト:Jamiroquai
  • 発売日: 1995/05/11
  • メディア: CD

Jamiroquai - Scam

That is the song Scam from Jamiroquai's album The Return of the Space Cowboy. I remember that the liner notes (lyric sheets) of the CD said, "The lyrics of the song are not printed because of the artist's intent.". When I was listening to the album about 25 years ago, there was no way to know the lyrics other than listening to it. But now we can get a lot of information on the internet. The generation of Digital Native is enviable. Today I read the lyrics that I wanted to know to understand what the song was about, and I just do not think it was worth hiding. Why wasn't it printed? Later I find it was only for the Japan release. I still don't know why it was done.

I especially like the intro

OK, let's get back to the subject. There's a nice little drum performance in the short introductory part like this:




The 1st point is that from the 1st to 8th bars. Basically, we hear closed rim shots in quarter notes and hi-hat in 8th notes. And another hi-hat in 16th notes ticks during intervals. That is very stylish. In the meantime, the kicks in the offbeat16th note make the control of hands and feet pretty hard.

The next point is the section with ride cymbal from the 9th bar. Along with the cool melody of strings, crash cymbals are accentuated. Especially, the position of the kick is the point. There is a moderate amount of space while kicks are going in offbeat 16th notes, and you can feel the groove much funky in the cool strings. Ride cymbals are almost inaudible, but rather end up providing more space.

The basic pattern of the song begins from 18th bar. As you see the rhythm of high-hat is different from the previous 2 sections. 3 distinctive sections appear from the beginning in a short period of time to entertain listeners. It's an intro very nicely composed. Much impressive with sufficient length. It's definitely one of the most musically perfect intros.