Saturday, 11 August 2012

M/A/R/R/S Pump Up The Volume (12" USA Mix)


M/A/R/R/S Pump Up The Volume single artwork
M/A/R/R/S were a British house music act that released just one single, Pump Up The Volume, during 1987 - the USA 12 inch version is featured above - which became the first single featuring samples to reach No.1 in the UK. The single was actually released as a double-A side with Anitina (The First Time I See She Dance), although I can't ever remember that track being played on the radio!

M/A/R/R/S featured members from two groups. A.R.Kane were the British duo Alex Ayuli and Rudy Tambala who released a handful of singles and three albums between 1986 and 1994. Colourbox were a London-based electronics act who achieved success on the UK Indie Chart with their self-titled album (reached #1 on the Indie Chart during 1985) and also six singles, their last one being The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme in 1986.

Apparantly, the two groups actually didn't get on with each other in the studio. In fact, it is believed that each group recorded their parts separately, handing them over to each other for further input. For the overseas version of the single, a sample from the 80s hit song Roadblock by Stock, Aitken & Waterman had to be removed following an injunction by the trio.

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