I’m sitting at work just now, and this morning a colleague started humming a little tune – well, more of a riff or hook – “ba bara ba ba baba baraba….”
It was driving us made trying to work out what it was. Then she identified that it was the opening horn riff from a tune from the musical Hairspray – “You Can’t Stop the Beat”.
(I’d post a youtube link if I could – but I can’t, I’m sitting at work.)
I KNOW this hook, but I’ve never knowingly watched Hairspray or listened to the soundtrack. I’m absolutely SURE they’ve nicked this from an old song. From browsing the Hairspray soundtrack it sounds like a lot of the tunes are nicked from 60s songs, but changed just enough to avoid copyright.
So the question is: What is the song I’m thinking of?? I’m going out of my mind here. I have this little horn riff going round and round in my head and I can’t work out what it is. I’m sure it’s something Motown or similar? Some kind of driving, upbeat instrumental tune?