Name That “Hey!”

There is a particular “Hey!” that has been sampled an insurmountable number of times. It is a female voice. And the “Hey!” in question can be found on Prodigy’s “Firestarter,” Felix da Housecat’s “Watching Cars Go By” and the Art of Noise’s “Close (To the Edit).”

The question I have, if anyone is willing to answer this, is whether the “Hey!” originated from the Art of Noise or from some other source. Further, why this particular “Hey!” over all other heys.

I know that I am not entirely insane here, for this blog post and this review identifies the exact same “Hey!” I suspect that this “Hey!” means something more than a tribute to the Art of Noise. Anyone have any ideas?


  1. Well, “Firestarter” has Dudley/Horn/Jeczalik – or something like that – Art of Noise, anyway – amongst the composers credit.

  2. While both other replies point correctly to The Art of Noise track as the sample for The Prodigy and Felix the Housecat, it doesn’t answer the original question of where they sampled it from in the first place. Alas, I can’t shed any more light on the subject. While Art of Noise were also heavily samples-based, it might equally be something they created a tweaked vocal of themselves.

  3. The “hey” is from a bigger conversation you can hear on their live dvd. Conversation starts with two women talking about watching Dallas on the teley last night.

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