Yeah, Dub Be Good To Me was a white label called something weird like Invasion of the Estate Agents or something like that originally, then he realised the vocal would work. It’s on the B-side of the 7".
I don’t think it’s as simple as just calling it stealing other people’s talent, there’s quite an art to putting it all together. Mind you, you could say the same about Jive Bunny to a certain degree.
To be clear - I’m not knocking the art of sampling in itself, which I’m a big fan of. I just think he does it in a particularly clunky way - taking massive chunks of pretty well known songs and producing a whole which is definitely not greater than the sum of its parts.
I could be wrong about this but my understanding is that Robert Hazard just recorded a demo and never released it or intended to - he just submitted it to the record company with the expectation/hope that someone else would record it, so might not qualify as a cover version?
But who cares about the distinction really, certainly not me
You’re right that his version was never commercially released. Don’t know whether that was his intention or just the way it worked out. It’s definitely originally written from a male point of view when you listen to his version, though.