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1989 – Alien (Maxine)

Updated: Mar 4, 2023

"Alien" by Maxine is a track issued in 1989 that includes several samples used in other songs.

Maxine Alien

A big part of making music is the discovery aspect, is the surprise aspect. That's why I think I'll always love sampling. Because it involves combining the music fandom: collecting, searching, discovering music history, and artifacts of recording that you may not have known existed and you just kind of unlock parts of your brain, you know?

Sometimes, you listen to your favourite show and hear a sample you have already heard elsewhere. And it stops you in your tracks because you try to remember the record where you first heard that sample! This happened to me while listening to the beginning of Maxine's Alien. Have you ever heard of the Belgian band Confetti's? No? So read on!

First, listen closely to the beginning of Alien. Can you hear the sound of the camera and the Chinese guy speaking afterwards? The same sample has been used in Confetti's "C' in China" track! Let's first listen to the two tracks.

Confetti's were a Belgian New Beat band from the 1980s produced by Serge Ramaekers and Dominique Sas. Confetti's were fronted by singer Peter Renkens and female dancers Marleen, Tania, Hilde and Daniëlla. The story has it that the C in the first Confetti's release, "The Sound Of C", stands for the Belgian club Confetti's in Brasschaat, near Antwerp. Serge Ramaekers and Dominique Sas were working on a marketing campaign to gain publicity for the club. One of the barmen at Confetti's (Peter Renkens) became the face of the marketing campaign, which included the single "The Sound Of C"!

Confetti's had two significant hits 'The Sound of C" and "C' in china", in 1988/1989 (they became one of the first to break through into mainstream music as a new beat act) and ended their Career with a "Megamix".

The Confetti's used several samples in C' in china, including :

  • The Yamasuki Singers' Yamasuki (1971) ;

  • Ingoma Tribe's Ensemble De Tambours ;

  • Jean-Michel Jarre's Equinoxe 4 / Souvenirs of China (Concerts in China).

Conffetti's C in China

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