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Raymond Scott (born Harry Warnow, September 10, 1908 – February 8, 1994) was an American composer, band leader, pianist, engineer, recording studio maverick, and electronic instrument inventor.

Scott never scored cartoon soundtracks, but his music is familiar to millions because Carl Stalling adapted it in over 120 classic Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, and other Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated shorts.

Scott's compositions may also be heard in contemporary shows like The Ren and Stimpy Show (which use the original Scott recordings in twelve episodes), The Simpsons, Duckman, Animaniacs, The Oblongs, and Batfink.

The only time Scott actually composed to accompany animation were three 20-second electronic commercial jingles for County Fair Bread in 1962.

Covers and samples

  • Gotye samples Scott's voice (from a 1962 electronic instrument demonstration) at the end of "State of the Art," on his 2011 album Making Mirrors
  • The Age of L.U.N.A. sampled Scott's electronic "Don't Beat Your Wife Every Night" on the 2015 track "Boom"
  • Doom, on his 2009 album Born Like This, samples Scott's electronic recordings "Bendix 1: The Tomorrow People" and "Lightworks" on the track entitled "Lightworks" (which also samples a J Dilla beat)
  • Devo based an early song, "Fraulein", on Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse"
  • They Might Be Giants incorporate the bridge from "Powerhouse" in their song "Rhythm Section Want Ad".
  • Gorillaz: Self-titled album Gorillaz (2001), featured a track titled "Man Research (Clapper)" that uses a sample from "In the Hall of the Mountain Queen" from Scott's Manhattan Research, Inc. The sample was uncredited on the album and the infringement acknowledged in an out-of-court settlement.
  • J Dilla: Album Donuts (2006), featured "Lightworks," a remix of the track of the same name on Scott's Manhattan Research, Inc.. It also briefly sampled "Bendix: The Tomorrow People."
  • El-P: Solo album "Fantastic Damage" (Def Jux 2002), features a track named "T.O.J" that contains samples from "Cyclic Bit," "Ripples (Montage)" and "County Fair (Instrumental)" from Raymond Scott's Manhattan Research, Inc..
  • Soul Coughing: Album Irresistible Bliss (1996), had a track titled "Disseminated" that used samples from "The Penguin" by the Raymond Scott Quintette (reissued version on the CD Microphone Music); the group's album Ruby Vroom (1994) features a track titled "Bus to Beelzebub" that adapts a motif from Scott's composition "Powerhouse". On the same album the track "Uh, Zoom Zip" uses an uncredited sample from Scott's "The Toy Trumpet," though the tempo of the sample has been severely manipulated.
  • The Kleptones: Used a sample of "IBM MT/ST: The Paperwork Explosion" in their song "Work" off their album A Night At The Hip-Hopera.
  • Freezepop: Recorded cover of "Melonball Bounce," electronic commercial jingle composed by Scott around 1960 for the soft drink Sprite.
  • The Boys: Early 1990s Motown R&B band based "The Saga Continues" on melody of Scott's "Powerhouse"
  • Venus Hum: Recorded cover of "Lightworks," Scott electronic commercial jingle
  • Madlib: Hip-hop star has used numerous samples of Scott's work, including the voice in "Baltimore Gas & Electric Co." for the track Electric Company, off his album Beat Konducta Vol 1-2: Movie Scenes.
  • Lee Press-on and the Nails: Covered Scott's "Powerhouse" on their album "Jump-Swing From Hell"; the band have also recorded the Scott compositions "At An Arabian House Party" and "Devil Drums"
  • moe.: Has frequently teased "Powerhouse" in various improvised jams during live performances, most notably Farmer Ben and Spine of a Dog.
  • The Coctails: Recorded a medley of "The Penguin/Powerhouse" for a 7" single released by Bob Mould's Singles Only Label (SOL) in 1992. The disc was executive-produced by Irwin Chusid, who also plays percussion on the track.
  • TV on the Radio sampled a slowed version Scott's piece "Night and Day" for their track "Say You Do."
  • Teengirl Fantasy sampled "Portofino 2" for their track "Portofino."
  • American ska band Save Ferris riffed Powerhouse in their song, Superspy.
  • The Backyardigans episode To The Center Of The Earth
  • Simian Mobile Disco have referred to Scott as a major influence, and "Scott", the closing track on their debut album "Attack Decay Sustain Release", was named in his honour.

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