Hit the Ground (Superman)

Album: Future This (2012)
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Songfacts®:

  • This spaced out track, which relates the tale of a wild night out that you don't want to end, was the last one written for Big Pink's second album, Future This.
  • The song is built around a sample of Laurie Anderson's "O Superman." Milo Cordell of Big Pink told CMU why he decided to borrow from the half sung, half spoken 1981 hit. "I had just been to the Barbican to see an art show of hers and I was talking to my brother, who is fifteen years older than me, and he said he remembered when 'O Superman' first came out and when he heard it on the radio how weird and out of place it sounded. I immediately went to search it out, found it, and knew from the opening ten seconds that I could sample it and make something fun around it."
  • In case you're wondering, the duo take their name from "Big Pink," a house in upstate New York where The Band and Bob Dylan made some legendary recordings. The Band's 1968 album is titled Music From Big Pink.

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