By Bobby Owsinski • April 2, 2012 This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski. Depending upon which musical world you live in, you may or may not know about a short 5.2 second drum loop that has spawned several musical subcultures, from hip hop to jungle to hardcore techno to drum and bass. The loop is what’s known as the “Amen Break,” and comes from a short drum break on the B side of a 1969 record by funk band The Winstons. The song is called “Amen, Brother” and the drummer was Gregory Cylvester “G.C.” Coleman. The break has been used on everything from NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton” to Oasis’ “D’You Know What I Mean” to Nine Inch Nails’ “The Perfect Drug” to Lupe Fiasco’s “Streets On Fire” to car commercials and television shows The Amazing Race and Futurama. As these things frequently go, neither the drummer, the band nor the songwriter (Richard Spencer) has ever received any royalties or clearance fees, despite the fact that the influence of this short break has had a profound effect on music of the last 30 years. Take a look at this brief history of the Amen Break, and you’ll instantly recognize it. Bobby Owsinski is an author, producer, music industry veteran and technical consultant who has written numerous books covering all aspects of audio recording. For more information be sure to check out his website and blog. About Bobby Bobby Owsinski Music Industry Veteran and Technical Consultant Bobby Owsinski is an author, producer, music industry veteran and technical consultant who has written numerous books covering all aspects of audio recording. To read more from Bobby, and to acquire copies of his outstanding books such as The Recording Engineer’s Handbook, be sure to check out his website at www.bobbyowsinski.com. http://www.bobbyowsinski.com/ Comments Have something to say about this PSW content? Leave a comment! Cancel reply Scroll past the ”Post Comment” button below to view any existing comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Tagged with: Bobby Owsinski Poll Recording Techniques · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.