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.
DJ Duo Promise Pure Cheese and A Cracker Night at Camembert
DJ Duo Bill “The Thrill” Buchanan and Marty “The Party” McNally are set to debut their new touring club night Camembert at 1889 Sports & Social Club on Saturday 29th January.
The DJs have described their playlists as an eccentric mix of “good old sing-alongs, dance like no ones watching anthems, and a few head turners thrown in for good measure.”
Speaking of their new night Bill said:
“We’ve both been in this game for a few years and we both agreed we wanted to create a night that was all about fun, we don’t believe in ‘being sexy’ on the dancefloor. We want an environment that just makes you want to let your hair down and give it all you’ve got”
“We’re going to be dropping crazy versions of Boney M, Journey, Girls Aloud, Whigfield and everything in between as we progress through the night. If we’re not encouraging the crowd to sing at the top of their voice, we’ll be encouraging them to bust a move.”
When asked how they wanted people to feel after attending Camembert, Marty had this to say:
“We want people to go home with big smiles and the next day wake up sore. Sore throat, sore arms, sore legs. Not from a hangover but because they gave it everything on the dance floor!“
Danny Leitch, Bar Manager of 1889 Sports & Social Club has voiced his excitement at hosting the Camembert Launch Night:
“Here at the 1889 Sports & Social Club we love putting on great entertainment and when the boys approached me with the idea of Camembert I just knew it was going to be way too much fun to pass up working with them on the launch event.“
Camembert is set to kick off it’s continual touring around Northern Ireland after it’s opening night, promising Pure Cheese and Cracker Nights across the country starting with 1889 Sports & Social Club on Saturday 29th January.
Alt-J Announce Telegraph Building Concert
The Mercury Prize-winning, chart-topping band alt-J have shared their heartfelt new track “Get Better”, the second glimpse into their forthcoming album The Dream, set for release on February 11, 2022 via Infectious Music/BMG. The band have also announced the UK & Ireland dates of their 2022 world tour.
“Get Better” is the stirring centrepiece of The Dream, and one the band’s most emotionally resonant songs to-date. alt-J peel away the dense layers of sound that they are known for, leaving lead singer Joe Newman’s vocal next to a plaintive solo guitar and harmonies from bandmate Gus Unger-Hamilton.
The single arrives alongside an equally heartbreaking animated music video, made by Hamburg-based award-winning pixel artist Stefanie Grunwald. She entered the pixel art space in 2016 and has quickly gained recognition for her detailed nighttime animations, which caught the eye of Newman and led to the collaboration.
Going deeper into the process of creating the track, Newman says, “ ‘Get Better’ is the union of two songs. The first was an improvised song I sang in 2018 to my partner who was suffering from period pain. To her I sang ‘Get better my Darcy, I know you can’. She filmed it and I kept revisiting the fragment with a plan to write more. The second was a chord structure I worked on in lockdown that focused on someone living through a bereavement. I felt a nervous heat when writing ‘Get Better’. The context of the Coronavirus pandemic lent my words a chilling weight and gave me a new sense of responsibility as a lyricist. Whilst the direct events described are fictional, I believe – or I hope – that it’s emotionally the most honest song I’ve written.”
On describing the experience of first hearing the demo, Newman’s band mate Unger-Hamilton said, “when Joe first played it to me I didn’t just get a bit tearful, I broke down. A big, big cry. A cry of the year.”
The band have also announced a prize draw to win a Larrivee P-05 guitar, the same model of guitar that Newman wrote most of The Dream on and used in the recording of ‘Get Better’, which he has inscribed with handwritten lyrics from the track. All proceeds from the draw will go to Plan International – a global children’s charity working in over 50 countries to create lasting equality for girls and protect the rights of all children. Fans can enter the prize draw here.
Speaking about the band’s support for Plan International, Newman says, “After becoming a father a friend told me about the charity Plan International. My partner and I strive for our daughter to be happy, safe, loved and reassured every moment of every day.
“To know there are countless children that don’t have the care and support from parents, communities and governments is heartbreaking. Plan International are doing incredible work throughout the world transforming children’s lives, making sure they have access to the education, health care and future opportunities they need to thrive.”
“Get Better” follows “U&ME”, which was premiered by Clara Amfo on BBC Radio 1. It was the band’s first new music since their acclaimed third album RELAXER, released in 2017. The band also shared the details of their North American leg of their 2022 world tour which will see them play at arenas across the United States and Canada in 2022. For full routing, visit: https://www.altjband.com/#tour.
Today, they announce the UK & Ireland dates of the tour, includinga date at the legendary O2 Academy Brixton as well as shows at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom, Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, Belfast’s The Telegraph Building and other venues throughout the UK. For full routing see below.
There will be an exclusive ticket presale open to fans who have preordered The Dream from the official album store. The presale will run from November 10 at 9am GMT until the general sale begins on November 12 at 9am GMT. If fans have already preordered the album from the official store they will already be eligible for the presale. General sale begins November 12, 9AM via https://www.altjband.com/#tour.
alt-J are one of the most successful British bands of the millennium. Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green have released three studio albums that, between them, have sold in excess of two million copies and their songs have been streamed over two and a half billion times. Their 2012 Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Award-winning debut An Awesome Wave, was followed two years later by their number one, GRAMMY and BRIT Award-nominated album This Is All Yours. Released in 2017, RELAXER flew straight into the top 10 of the UK album chart ahead of a summer of major international shows – including a headline show at London’s O2 Arena; and headline performances at numerous festivals – and became their second album to be nominated for the Mercury Prize.
Alt-J UK & Ireland Tour 2022
- 07 May 2022 – Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland Ballroom
- 09 May 2022 – Leeds, England – O2 Academy Leeds
- 13 May 2022 – Manchester, England – O2 Apollo
- 18 May 2022 – London, England – O2 Academy Brixton
- 22 May 2022 – Dublin, Republic of Ireland – Olympia Theatre
- 25 May 2022 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – The Telegraph Building
- 27 May 2022 – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy Birmingham