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Ithaka’s “So Get Up” – The Song That Made JUN JI HYUN (全智賢 전지현) A Teen Icon !

Ithaka’s “So Get Up” – The Song That Made JUN JI HYUN (全智賢 전지현) A Teen Icon !

“So Get Up” by Ithaka Darin Pappas, The Song That Made JUN JI HYUN (全智賢 전지현) A Star

In 1999, after starring in her first feature film at the age of eighteen, (the little-watched White Valentine), Korean actress Jun Ji-Hyun was still largely unknown.

It was not until later that year when she starred in a hugely popular commercial for Samsung My Jet Printers featuring a remix of Californian songwriter Ithaka Darin Pappas’ iconic 1993 vocal-poem song, So Get Up, that, according to most media sources, she became a a public sensation.

The version of So Get Up featured in the campaign (called “Get Up! Go Insane”) was made by UK producers Stretch & Vern, who brought Ithaka to the UK to re-record his 1993 classic. The final result, restructured the vocal hook differently from the original, but the overall message was the same, So Get Up…and live life to the fullest ! This anthem of defiance and celebration was exuberantly communicated by Jun Ji-Hyun’s dancing dance and attitude in the clip.

The commercial sky-rocketed her from being a relatively unknown actress to being a cultural youth icon for all of South Korea and beyond (and eventually one of Korea’s biggest film and television stars).

Ji-Kyun has since gone on to star in Sassy Girl (when of the biggest films in Korean history), You Who Came from the Stars, and The Legend of the Blue Sea.
She has won several national and international awards for her acting ability.

*Note: Ithaka rerecorded his iconic 1993, So Get Up specifically for Stretch & Vern’s mix (in the UK, 1996). This is one of the only authorized versions of So Get Up in 25 years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf-4C7VYzEw
Also see; So Get Up & The Lost Acapellas

A história por trás de “So Get Up”, a música mais samplado da história musical.

A história por trás de “So Get Up”, a música mais samplado da história musical.

O “Americano Feio”?

Jorge Dias – (PÚBLICO/ Pop-Rock) Quinta-feira 10 Abril 1996

O greco-americano Ithaka Darin Pappas participou em “So Get Up” dos USL e assinou o album, “Flowers And The Color Of Paint”. Estão certamente entre os projectos mais fortes da música de dança feita em Portugal nos anos 90s. Entretanto, Ithaka viajou pelos Estados Unidos e o seu nome ficou um pouco esquecido. Até agora quando regressa a Lisboa para pôr em causa as sua antigas ligações.

Pappas “versus” USL-Kaos

Ithaka Darin Pappas passou alguns meses em Los Angeles, cidade de onde é natural e onde fez algums contactos para conseguir um “manager” e um advogado. “Fui aos Estados Unidos porque havia uma séria de problemas a resolver aqui. Um deles foi que fiz un disco em 1994 com os Underground Sound of Lisbon [USL] e, quando o gravámos, foi uma coisa entre amigos, estavamos a fazer arte em conjunto e foi uma coisa boa. Fiz um acordo verbal com eles segundo o qual receberia 25 mil escudos (approx. 120 €) por mil discos que fossem lançados em Portugal. Nunca se falou de contratos nem de distribuição no estangeiro.”

Desde então, “So Get Up” – que era originalmente o lado B do maxi que tería por tema principal “Dance With Me” – fez furor nos Estados Unidos, para onde o disco foi enviado, transformando os USL, de que fazem parte Rua da Silva (Doctor J) e Tó Pereira (DJ Vibe), no projecto de “dance music” nacional mais aclamado a nivel internacional.

 

“O tema entrou para as ‘charts’ e foi lançado em muitos paises, mas eles não reconheceram a minha participação. Apesar de muitas das remisturas que foram feitas – principalmente as de Danny Tenaglia e Junior Vasquez, as mais populares- practicamente só reterem as minhas palavras e a minha voz. Nessa ponto é questionável quem é realmente o artista. É o Ithaka? Ou são os USL? Quando se ‘descartaa a musica original e faz outra é questionável. É que não sou membro dos USL….?”, diz Ithaka. E acrescento: “Pode perguntar-se a quem se quiser, nos Estados Unidos ou em Portugal, o que é que indentifica a canção: são as palavras. Neste tipo de música, que há numeras versões diferentes, a etiqueta são as palavras. A canção é o poema.”

 

Dai que Ithaka reclame direitos de interpretação – “royalties”, uma vez que os direitos de autor lhe pertencem por direito – sobre os lucros com “So Get Up”. É que o poema a que Ithaka dá voz no “intro” do tema tinha sido escrito seis meses antes de ser convidado para juntar-se aos USL, depois de estes o terem ouvido numa emissão do programa Quatro Bairro, da Rádio Comerical. Segundo António Cunha, da Kaos, editora dos USL – e depois de o PÚBLICO ter marcada uma entrevista com Rui da Silva que acabou por não acontecer-, “o que passa é a velha história de negócio da música: quando as coisas têm sucesso há sempre alguema tentar aproveitar-se”.

Cosmic Gate’s “SO GET UP” True Indentity Of World’s Most Remixed Acapella Revealed (24 years later)

Cosmic Gate’s “SO GET UP” True Indentity Of World’s Most Remixed Acapella Revealed (24 years later)

The EDM vocal masterpeice “So Get Up’s true orgins were recently revealed when this 1993 demo was rediscovered.

“SO GET UP” (1993 Demo) – Very rare 1993 demo version of the iconic electronic dance music vocal-poem “So Get Up”. This lyric was originally written and recorded by Ithaka (aka: Ithaka Darin Pappas) in January 1993 for a Rádio Comercial Program in Lisbon.

In March of 1993, this Demo version was recorded in Manchester, United Kingdom with producer Simon Bradshaw. And later, in February of 1994, Ithaka was invited to rerecord the poem for the B-Side of the first vinyl release of Underground Sound Of Lisbon on Kaos Records, Portugal. It was an almost instant national hit and soon released (along with an acapella version) internationally by Tribal (USA), a subsidiary of Stuart Copeland’s IRS Records in New York.

Interestingly, although the poem was written and vocalized by Ithaka a year before ever meeting Underground Sound Of Lisbon, no public vocal credit was included on those first releases.

The USL version and the new remixes by Junior Vazquez and Danny Tenaglia were quite popular themselves (selling at least 50,000 units) but because an acapella was included in these major distributions, literally hundreds of new mixes appeared in just a few years. Many producers simply changed the title (sometimes not) and put the entire vocal on their own instrumentals and called it their own.

The vocal acapella has also been released under the titles; “Get Up”, “Get Up Go Insane”, “So Get Up Atom Bride”, “The End Of the Earth”, “Next Life”, “See You In The Next Life”, “Intro”, “Headcharge” and “Hardventure”

The vocal itself has never had a sonic style specifically associated with it, it has kept changing it’s clothes and modernizing itself with the times.

The spoken-word acapella was originally read on-air on top of an instrumental version of a Naughty-By-Nature hip hop song, and this UK demo version is a mid-tempo electro-style track,. The vocal never had a sonic style specifically associated with it, it has kept changing it’s clothes and modernizing itself with the times.

The USL, Tenaglia and Junior Vazquez versions were progressive and tribal house. And since then have versions have appeared in almost every avenue of global electronic music such as; Trance, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, Big Beat, Trip Hop, Tech House, Electronic Art Rock etc.

Groups, producers and DJs that have released So Get Up inculude; Derek Marin, Peter Bailey, Pagano, Ben Gold, Eric Kupper, Cosmic Gate, Armin Van Buuren, Ricardo Diaz, Nixu Zsun, Oxia (France), Mert Yucel (Turkey), Igor Carmo (Portugal), Miss Kittin (Germay), Public Domain (Holland), Fat Boy Slim (Norman Cook) UK, Stretch & Verne (UK), Lexington Avenue, Damage People, Mirabeau, Ma-Beckerfield, FuturePlays (from Mexico), Dj Screw (Thailand), Djz Rom (Cambodia), Technoboy (Italy), Frankyeffe (Italy), Maik Ibane, Murt Yucel (Turkey), Mowree (Italy), Razat (Portugal), Tuneboy (Italy), K-Traxx (Italy), Dylan Hilsley (UK), DJ Vibe, Cee Cee Lee (Italy), Alex Di Stefano, etc etc etc.

As of 2016, with a staggering 1129 documented and released mixes, So Get Up is considered “The Most Remixed Vocal Acapella In Musical History” by the Guinness World Records.

“So Get Up” © 1993 Ithaka Darin Pappas

Published by Ravenshark Music/Scion Four Music (NY)/ASCAP

Songwriter Ithaka Darin Pappas holds Guinness World Record  For Most Remixed Vocal Acapella (song: “So Get Up”)

Songwriter Ithaka Darin Pappas holds Guinness World Record For Most Remixed Vocal Acapella (song: “So Get Up”)

In 2016, with at least 1029 documented remixes to its credit
“So Get Up” a vocal spoken-word poem written and recorded by
Californian artist and songwriter Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas)
was the Guinness World Record holder for
“Most Musical Remixes Created From Single Acapella”

Ithaka initially penned “So Get Up”,
(first titled, The End Of The Earth Is Upon Us)
in mid-1993 for a daily segment of a program he regularly hosted
on Rádio Comerical Lisbon called “Bairro Quatro”.
It was recited the first time live on-air
just an hour or two after it was written.

In 1994, also in Portugal, he re-recorded it with
a house music duo called Underground Sound Of Lisbon.
It was distributed nationally and later on Tribal Records (NY)
with an a capella version, incredulously without a vocal credit.

It is this a capella that has been remixed, robbed, sampled, remade
and covered to a degree unseen in the history of modern music.

In 2016, at last count there were 1029 released remixes
of the vocal “So Get Up” (often under different titles such as;
The End Of The Earth, Get Up Go Insane, Forget The Past, etc).
Guinness World Record now recognizes the SO Get Up vocal poem
as holding the title for “Most Musical Remixes Created From Single A Capella”
bypassing #2, Turkish pop-vocalist Evrim Tuzun, by more than 800 mixes.

Because the first release of So Get Up was not vocally credited,
this seemed to green-light all other remix users
of the acapella to not credit it as well (most producers
thought the vocal and lyrics were public domain, perhaps from an old film).

Although some mixes were legally licensed,
many EDM artists simply made their own electronic music tracks
and place Ithaka’s vocals and lyrics on top of it,
and called it entirely their own without requesting permission
or paying royalties.

Among the more known mixes of “So Get Up” there are versions by such all-star groups/producers as; Cosmic Gate (Germany), Danny Tenaglia (USA), Junior Vazquez (USA), DJ Vibe (Portugal), Mert Yücel (Turkey), Eric Kupper (USA), Fatboy Slim (UK) and Miss Kittin (France).

An incomplete list of DJ/producers who have remixed, reworked, covered or sampled the vocal poem “So Get Up” by Ithaka Darin Pappas since its first recording in 1993 include: Cosmic Gate (Germany), Danny Tenaglia (USA), Junior Vazquez (USA), DJ Vibe (Portugal), Mert Yücel (Turkey), Eric Kupper (USA), Fatboy Slim (UK) and Miss Kittin (France), Pelarli, Alex Di Stefano, Public Domain (Holland), Pagano (Italy), Mirabeau (UK), Damaged People (UK), Mowree (Italy), Stretch & Verne (UK), Sarasite, Orion’s Voice, Bob Ray & Van Dyuk, Igor Carmo, JJ Mullor, Dani Sber, Swing Kings, Atlantis IT, Ben Gold, Nixu Zsun (France), Ricardo Diaz, Peter Bailey (USA), DJ Kingsize, FuturePlays (Mexico), Derek Marin, Oxia (France), Domino, DJ Diego Mendonça, Mauro Ferno, Maik Ibane, Ce Ce Lee (Italy), Dj Kryst-Off Aka Zornéus (France), FRANKYEFFE (Italy), Branko & Club Atlas (members of Buraka Som Sistema), Alex Page (Portugal), Nell Silva (Portugal), Alex Farolfi, Fargetta, GianLuca Mens, The Ventura 87, Dimas Carbajo, Christo Z (Greece), Ronni King,Terry Lee Brown JR., DJ Theo V (Greece), Djz Rom (Cambodia), DJ Beg, Lexicon Avenue, DJ Screw (Thailand) etc etc.

Labels that have released “So Get Up” mixes include: Tribal (USA-UK), Twisted (USA-UK), Forensic, Kaos (Portugal), Plastic City, Bosphorus Underground Recording (Turkey)