Fab 5 Freddy / Beside* ‎– Change The Beat

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The back cover is part of a Futura 2000 artwork, that links up with 4 other record covers.
The five covers that link up are:

▪️ 1 : Grand Mixer D.St.* & The Infinity Rappers - The Grand Mixer Cuts It Up
▪️ 2* : Fab Five Freddy* - Une Sale Histoire
   Fab 5 Freddy / Beside* - Change The Beat
▪️ 3 : Phase II* - The Roxy
▪️ 4* : The Smurfs - Smurf For What It's Worth
   Tribe 2 - What I Like
▪️ 5 : Futura 2000 - The Escapades Of Futura 2000

*with 2 and 4 swappable between two different titles.

Versions (12)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CEL 156 Fab 5 Freddy / Beside* Fab 5 Freddy / Beside* - Change The Beat(12") Celluloid CEL 156 US 1982 Sell This Version
CEL 156 Fab 5 Freddy / Beside* Fab 5 Freddy / Beside* - Change The Beat(12") Celluloid CEL 156 US 1982 Sell This Version
0156 Fab 5 Freddy / Beeside* Fab 5 Freddy / Beeside* - Change The Beat(12") Celluloid 0156 US 1982 Sell This Version
CEL 156 Fab 5 Freddy / Beside* Fab 5 Freddy / Beside* - Change The Beat(12") Celluloid CEL 156 USA & Canada 1982 Sell This Version
0156 Fab 5 Freddy / Beeside* Fab 5 Freddy / Beeside* - Change The Beat(12", Maxi, Promo) Celluloid 0156 US 1982 Sell This Version
SCEL-52 Beside* Change The Beat(7", Promo) Celluloid SCEL-52 US 1983 Sell This Version
CEL156 Fab 5 Freddy / Beside* Fab 5 Freddy / Beside* - Change The Beat(12", RE) Celluloid CEL156 UK 2011 Sell This Version
CEL156 Fab 5 Freddy / Beside* Fab 5 Freddy / Beside* - Change The Beat(12", RE, TP) Celluloid CEL156 UK 2011 Sell This Version
CEL 156 Fab 5 Freddy / Fab 5 Betty Fab 5 Freddy / Fab 5 Betty - Change The Beat(12") Celluloid, Echo Rapp CEL 156 US Unknown Sell This Version
CEL 156 Fab 5 Freddy / BeeSide* Fab 5 Freddy / BeeSide* - Change The Beat(12", RE) Celluloid CEL 156 US Unknown Sell This Version
CEL 156 Fab 5 Freddy, BeSide* Fab 5 Freddy, BeSide* - Change The Beat(12", RE) Celluloid CEL 156 US Unknown Sell This Version
CEL156LCD Fab 5 Freddy Change The Beat(CDr, Single) Celluloid CEL156LCD UK Unknown Sell This Version

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page7

page7

July 27, 2018
referencing Change The Beat, 12", CEL 156
Very interesting story about the story of the famous scratch sample. It was the voice of Roger Trilling (BIll Laswell's manager) who spoke into a vocoder, "Ahh this stuff this really fresh!".

He was imitating a buttoned-up record executive who used the word fresh often, not know about its hip-hop connotations.

https://www.thestranger.com/lineout/archives/2010/11/02/the-origins-of-that-aaaaahhhh-fresssshhhhh-sample
diamon

diamon

February 11, 2018
referencing Change The Beat, 12", CEL 156
My copy of this has a white label instead of the blue one on this posting.
DeeJayJeff

DeeJayJeff

July 7, 2016
referencing Change The Beat, 12", RE, CEL156
Avoid this re-issue, overcompressed digital garbage. also who want this at 45 rpm???

Perfect example of "loudness wars", who ever re-recorded this digitally took the life out of the original and didn't think us DJs would notice.

Failiure re-issue
DJ_Graat

DJ_Graat

May 27, 2014
referencing Change The Beat, 12", CEL 156
Celluloid Records returns to the fray with a stunning re-issue of the arguably the most sampled record of our time: Fab 5 Freddy - 'Change The Beat.'

Graffiti Artist, Hiphop pioneer and now a Hiphop historian. Fab 5 Freddy's contributions to hip-hop culture have been numerous (he's even name-checked in Blondie hit 'Rapture') . In the late 1970s and early 1980s he became an unofficial bridge between the uptown graffiti and early rap scenes, and the downtown art and punk music scenes, bringing the whole 'music, hip-hop, art, break dancing and urban cultural thing to the downtown table.'

The original 1982 release was one of a series of five 12"s each to feature interlocking poster art from Futura 2000.
Recorded and produced by Bill Laswell. Jean Karakos, founder of Celluloid Records, recalls the party-atmosphere filled evening when it was recorded, "Freddy was singing in English and some French but couldn't quite nail the whole song. We were trying lots of experimental ideas even some rapping in Japanese. It was an evening of pure energy and creativity. Eventually the wife of Bernard Zekri, B-side, sung the whole song in more or less one take. It was so good that became the B-side of the record".

Possibly one of the most famous moments comes at the end of the B-side version. Here a vocoder / white noise effect is used at the end when the beat stops. Freddy says "Ahhhhh, this stuff is really fresh", a line which is quite possibly the most scratched sample in the history of hip-hop music. It was first used in the 1983 Herbie Hancock single Rockit and has been used in countless hip-hop tracks ever since.

Now, digitally restored with original artwork, Change The Beat is set to get juices flowing once again in our continuing series of re-issues from the gargantuan Celluloid catalogue.

Your can hear an interview with Jean Karakos (founder of Celluloid Records) on our website; www.celluloidrecords.net
Here Jean talks about the night this famous track was made and other words of music legendry. Get excited.
winkerx2

winkerx2

January 12, 2013
referencing Change The Beat, 12", RE, CEL156
credits (seen on pictured back cover) state "Remix by JM Salaun and G Chiron"
winkerx2

winkerx2

January 12, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Change The Beat, 12", CEL 156
credits on the back sleeve (picured) state "remix by J.M. Salaun and G. Chiron". This is the Female version edited and remixed in Paris
Claudyo

Claudyo

June 28, 2011
referencing Change The Beat, 12", CEL 156

One of the most sampled track in Hip Hop music history.
tomx303

tomx303

April 4, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Change The Beat, 12", CEL 156
This record was used and scratched in the famous song "Rock it" by Herbie Hancock. Good interview of Bernard Zekri with some anecdotes about this record in the french magazine Technikart (91 - April 2005).
Bernard Zekri is now news chief editor at i>Télé, a french news tv channel (!!!)
mr.bounce

mr.bounce

August 16, 2003
referencing Change The Beat, 12", CEL 156

Most copies went to scratchers and turntablists for the sample "beep aaahhhh this stuf is really fresh!" but both sides are excellent electro/hiphop tracks with a killer vocoder, monstrous bass, ripping synthstabs and french lyrics... excellent release!