Cromarty and Forth, moderate or good

01 Nov 2006

That’s twice now.

The first time I heard it sampled was in the Mull Historical Society’s “The Final Arrears”, right at end.

Now Beck has used it in “The Horrible Fanfare/Landslide” from the new album The Information.

The Shipping Forecast is one of those lovely Radio 4 institutions that I guess is prime material for sampling. Not only does it present intrigue (“Where on earth is “Dogger?” and “What does ‘rising more slowly’ actually mean?”) but the calm delivery of information creates a calm and relaxing environment. Somehow, when hearing that “German Bight’ is ‘moderate or poor becoming good’ the world seems good again.

Now I can understand why someone from the Isle of Mull would be interested in the Shipping Forecast, or anyone from the UK for that matter. Heck, its in our blood! What someone from L.A would doing fiddling with it is more of a mystery, I wonder if this is Nigel Godrich’s influence making itself felt?

Anyway, does anyone know of any other instances of Shipping Forecast sampling?

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