Kula Shaker are quickly establishing a rep as a band who don't let reality
get in their way. First, they dared release a debut album, K that wed
the seemingly unrelated worlds of Manchester dance beats and Indian
chanting--color them Happy Cornershop--and then they convinced quiet Beatle
George Harrison to revoke his long-standing ban against sampling his material.
It seems the B-side, " Gokula," to the band's fourth UK single, "Govinda,"
contains a sampled guitar riff from Harrison's song "Skiing," off his 1968 solo
album Wonderwall .
The band was barred from releasing the song on
their debut because Harrison's publishers, Northern Songs, only allow full
cover versions of his and Beatles' songs. According to a source at the band's
label, Kula Shaker singer, Crispian Mills, sent a copy of the song to the
ex-Beatle and then picked up the phone and called Georgie Boy to try and
convince him to let the sample stick. Well, when Harrison realized that the two
shared a common interest in all things India and Krishna-related, he gave the
go-ahead for the sample to be used. According to the folks at Columbia Records,
this marks the first time anybody has legally used just one part of a song by a
former member of the Beatles.