I’ve always been drawn to compositions that are evocative in any context, and this simple piece — notoriously sampled for Gnarls Barkley’s 2006 hit, “Crazy” — is a prime example. “Last Man Standing,” brothers Gian Piero and Gianfranco Reverberi’s 1966 tune for the film Preparati La Bara!, aka Django, Prepare a Coffin, never fails to resonate, be it the score to a spaghetti western shootout (starts at 2:25), the backdrop to a Bill Withers-esque groove, or — most famously — a bouncy counterpoint to Cee-Lo’s dynamic voice. No wonder Danger Mouse has headed back to this well.
Stream: “Last Man Standing” – Gian Piero & Gianfranco Reverberi
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