First Hit #1: March 24, 2001
Sampling is one of those things that depends on the creativity of the sampler. A good sample-based song is going to be very different from the original track it’s borrowed from, as the snippets of song are combined in unexpected ways. On the other hand, you have examples like Butterfly, which merely puts lyrics on top of The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Pretty Little Ditty. Yeah, the chorus is alright, but the song’s power is predominantly in that one sample, with the dream-like guitar propelling the track forward. I’m not entirely sure it’s better than just the original instrumental track, and that’s the problem with a lazy sample. Why should I listen to Butterfly instead of Pretty Little Ditty? Are the lyrics good enough to justify this recording’s existence? I’m not sure honestly, the second verse is downright clumsy, and even I have residual affection for the overall experience, most of that affection is connected to the part that Crazy Town didn’t have much to do with.
I actually like the song a lot, though a big portion of that is that insidious high school nostalgia some of us are afflicted with.