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Arcade Fire’s Beatles-y sample on “Apocrypha”

The sample Arcade Fire used at the beginning of “Apocrypha” can be partially traced back to the film “Imagine: John Lennon”, from 1988. A law enforcement deputy instructs his men prior to The Beatles’ show at Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee on August 19, 1966.

The actual full sample Arcade Fire used appears to stem from a recording later inside the stadium from that same law enforcement officer.


Transcribed:
– You officers that are stationed in front of the stage, behind the barricade
you will go to Mr. Morris Shapiro, the first-aid man
and he will furnish you with earplugs so as to keep you from having a headache.
If he runs out of earplugs he has got some cotton. Is that understood?
– Yes, sir.

The actual full sample transcribed:
– You officers that are stationed in front of the stage, behind the barricade
you will go to Mr. Morris Shapiro, the first-aid man
and he will furnish you with earplugs so as to keep you from having a headache.
If he runs out of earplugs he has got some cotton.
We will not allow any dancing, running up and down the aisle.
Is that clear with everybody?

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