"So Get Up" Creator and Vocalist, Ithaka
(Cover of EDMânia Magazine - Dec. 2016 - South American Edition)
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).
Lyrics for SO GET UP
(RavenShark Music/Scion Four Music/ASCAP)
"SO GET UP"
THE END OF THE EARTH IS UPON US
PRETTY SOON IT’LL ALL TURN TO DUST
SO GET UP
FORGET THE PAST
HAVE A BLAST
GO A THOUSAND MILES IN A JET AIRPLANE
GO OUT OF YOUR MIND GO INSANE
TO A PLACE YOU NEVER BEEN BEFORE
EAT ICE CREAM OUR YOU’LL LICK THE FLOOR
CUZ, THE END OF THE EARTH IS UPON US
PRETTY SOON IT’LL ALL TUN TO DUST
GOODBYE MY FRIENDS
I’LL SEE YOU IN THE NEXT LIFE