German Techno Superstars Scooter return to Belfast on Friday 4 May 2018, to play The Telegraph Building. Their return to Northern Ireland is part of their 25 Years: Wild & Wicked Tour, celebrating their 25th Anniversary in the industry. Front man HP Baxxter, and band members Michael Simon and Phil Spieser are currently working their way across their European Tour dates to reach Belfast. So, we thought what better time to look at some of the hidden hits within some of Scooter’s best known tracks.
Let’s find out if you knew the songs featured in Scooter’s hits!
1. Supertramp – Logical Song
Arguably Scooter’s biggest hit “The Logical Song” featured heavy samples of the Supertramp original. The 2001 single went on to reach number 2, in the UK Top 40. This was their highest charting single since their 1996 release: “Back in the UK”. However, the Eurodance band did manage to secure the Number 1 spot in Ireland’s Charts. Written by Roger Hodgson, Supertramp, the “Logical Song” was released an astonishing 22 years prior to it appearing in the Scooter hit.
2. Pearl Jam – Alive
This one is a little trickier than the others we must admit. Eddie Vedder, the frontman of Pearl Jam, has always been known for his hulking vocals. “Alive”, is a perfect example. Vedder’s vocals were sampled by Dutch band Neophyte, in their 1996 release “Always Hardcore”. It was this track that was then sampled in Scooter’s 2004 release “One (Always Hardcore)”.
Any Pearl Jam fan would be quick to spot that ever recognisable vocal melody used by Vedder in the Pearl Jam classic. So, we’re giving the credit to Pearl Jam on this one. Pearl Jam’s “Alive” is without doubt the more popular song sampled in the track, however it’s not the only one. “One” also samples Italian band Capella’s single “Move on Baby”.
3. KC & The Sunshine Band – (Shake! Shake! Shake!) Shake Your Booty
Recorded in 1976, KC and the Sunshine Band released “Shake your Booty” and made it to number 1 across the Charts in America. (Interesting side note: “Shake Your Booty” holds the record for being the only number-one song title with a word repeated more than three times in it.)
It would be a staggering 28 years later that Scooter would sample it on their album “Mind The Gap”. MC H.P. Baxxter encourages listeners to “Shake That!” backed by the vocals of the original disco classic.
4. Sailor – A Glass of Champagne
Sailor certainly have provided one of the oddest music videos, we in the office think we’ve seen. Lead singer Georg Kajanus previously wrote tracks for the likes of Cliff Richard. He penned “A Glass of Champagne” for his newly formed band Sailor. Kajanus also invented the strange contraption featured centre stage in the video “the Nickelodeon”. “The Nickelodeon” a collaboration of instruments built together allowed the band to recreate complicated arrangements they’d used in recording studios, live on stage. The catchy piano line would find it’s way from 1975 and into Scooter’s first adventure into the Jumpstyle genre with their 2008 track “Jumping All Over The World”. Trading champagne instead for jumping, the track launched scooter to a whole new generation of listeners.
5. Syndey Carter – Lord of the Dance
It’s not just pop and rock songs that make it into Scooter tracks. They’ve quite a history of sampling classical scores into their tracks. This sample “Lord of the Dance” is an old hymn from 1963 by English songwriter Syndey Carter. The track is more recognisable from Michael Flatley’s Irish Dancing show of the same name. Flatley’s team would sample the song in “Planet Ireland” a track used in finales of Flatley’s major touring shows. Scooter used the song for their 2009 release “Sound Above My Hair”. The hit also featured a vocal sample of “A Wonderful life” by Black.
NI Music Prize 2021 Live At The Ulster Hall
The Oh Yeah Music Centre has announced details of this year’s NI Music Prize event and line up.
After a year away from the stage due to Covid-19, the event will return to the Ulster Hall on November 17th. The Prize which honours and celebrates the very best of new, established and emerging Northern Irish music is an annual awards night organised by the Oh Yeah Music Centre.
The evening will include performances from shortlisted artists including Amy Montgomery, Dani Larkin, New Pagans and TRÚ.
The show will also feature guest performances from Ryan McMullan and Ash, plus Sasha Samara will perform as last year’s winner of the BBC ATL Introducing Contender Award.
Rigsy (DJ & Broadcaster) and Gemma Bradley (Presenter, BBC Radio 1 Introducing and ATL) will present the show. There will be guest contributors, with live announcements and presentations.
The awards include Best Album supported by PPL, Best Single sponsored by YouTube Music and ATL Introducing Contender Award in association with Oh Yeah.The winners of Best Single and ATL Introducing Contender Award will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000 and £3,000 will go to the winner of Best Album.
This year the event will also celebrate the work of Help Musicians to thank the charity for the support it has given to musicians throughout the pandemic. Help Musicians is a charity that loves music and for 100 years has been working hard to make a meaningful difference to the lives of musicians across the UK. Sadly, the pandemic has meant it’s been needed more than ever. Since March 2020, the charity has provided financial hardship funding to help musicians survive while live music was paused; this monthly support helped nearly 800 musicians in NI. Moving forwards, Help Musicians is increasing its practical help to support musicians back into work.
Commenting on this year’s event, Charlotte Dryden from Oh Yeah said: “It has been a long and challenging twelve months for musicians. That is why this year is such an important coming together, not just to celebrate the great wealth of talent that has produced world-class records throughout the pandemic, but also to thank and let the music community take a moment to reflect, start to rebuild and look to the future. It’s going to be a very special evening indeed.”
Dan Chalmers, Director of YouTube Music EMEA said: “Supporting new musicians has never been so important after the very difficult times we have been through and with access to live music challenged. We are proud to sponsor such an important moment celebrating the best music coming out of Northern Ireland and we look forward to an especially poignant and celebratory event”.
The NI Music Prize takes part during the annual Sound of Belfast, a festival that celebrates the music of the city, from grassroots to established names. It runs 4th – 18th Nov and there are over 50 events in 11 venues featuring 56 artists. All events can be found at www.soundofbelfast.com
NI Music Prize and Sound of Belfast is supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, YouTube Music, PRS Foundation, PPL and PRS. More information; https://nimusicprize.com
A very limited number of tickets will go on sale at 10am on Friday 22nd October from The Ulster Hall at https://www.ulsterhall.co.uk
Irish Brother Trio Drop Major Party Anthem With Latest Pop Track, Red Line
As the world goes back to what it once was, KinetiX has stepped onto the scene with an energetic new single about living life in the excess…and the splitting hangover that comes with it.
The talented brother trio are living in the fast lane with their latest party-pop anthem Red Line – a song that knows how to groove with its fat synth beats, fun lyrics, and an unmatched energy that will have you sipping on the hair of the dog and ready for round two.
Red Line touches on the vices that accompany late nights, hazy days and hacking hangovers; the epitome of a good time in the post-pandemic world.
In addition to providing a slate of banging rhythms and big drops, Red Line has been purposefully produced in a way that transports the listener into the depths of a maniacal bender.
In fact, the thumping beat heard at the first drop was inserted as a means to mimic the thumping inside one’s head following a heavy night out in town.
The no-limits single is primed to become a club classic with its energetic bounce and feel-good vibes. The sporadic synth creates a sense of disorder and fun chaos as the electro-pop track channels the pent-up party energy we have all been waiting to unleash for so long.
If Red Line is any measurement of what the Irish brothers have in store, then get ready for some wild times because KintetiX is taking the reins on a future filled with excess.
KinetiX is made up of brothers Theodore (vocals), Arthur (drums) and Ademar (keys/guitar) who first started out in the traditional Irish music scene before dipping their toes in mainstream pop.
Although KinetiX was first formed in 2017, the trio have been honing their crafts for years prior, winning a collective 23 All-Ireland solo medals. In 2010, the three brothers featured on the Late Late Toy Show, where they gave performances on the banjo, accordion and bouzouki.
The time spent together and on solo endeavours eventually culminated into the powerhouse pop group seen today. KinetiX is the work of like-minded musicians bonded by blood who have developed their own niche of pop music.
With the addition of Red Line, KinetiX now bolster a catalogue of successful hits, including Remember Days, Loved and Lost and Toys, all of which have received ample airtime, as well as an ever-growing fanbase eager to see what the Irish brothers drop next.