Junior Senior

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Junior Senior
Junior Senior-2005-Roskilde-1.jpg
Junior Senior at Roskilde, 2005
Background information
Origin Thisted, Jutland, Denmark
Genres Indie pop, rock, dance, pop
Years active 1998–2008
Labels EMI, Crunchy Frog, Atlantic
Past members Jesper Mortensen
Jeppe Laursen

Junior Senior was a pop musical duo from Denmark. The duo consisted of Jesper "Junior" Mortensen (vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards) (born February 7, 1979) and Jeppe "Senior" Laursen (vocals, keyboards, programming) (born December 25, 1977). Throughout their career, they continued to draw respect from critics.[1] They are well known for their single "Move Your Feet", released in 2003, which gained worldwide success, notably in the UK.

History[edit]

Early career[edit]

Junior Senior formed in 1998 when Jesper Mortensen and Jeppe Laursen got back together after their previous band Ludo-X broke up in 1995. The band signed a deal with Danish label Crunchy Frog Records.

D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat[edit]

The band released their debut album D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat in 2003. The first single, "Move Your Feet", was one of the most played songs on Danish radio and eventually climbed the charts in over thirteen countries, including the United States, Australia, France, and the United Kingdom. The single is available on the soundtrack of the popular American television show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. "Move Your Feet" is featured on the Northern American music video game Dance Dance Revolution Extreme for the PlayStation 2. Ubisoft included the song in the Wii game, Just Dance 2. It was a featured dance. It is associated with its pixelated music video, as seen in the VH1 commercial for I Love the 90's: Part Deux and in the background of its Dance Dance Revolution: DDR Extreme dance. It was featured on the soundtrack of the movie, White Chicks. "Move Your Feet" appears as background music in the 2003 film Looney Tunes: Back in Action and is featured in the movie How to Eat Fried Worms (2006) as the "finishing" song before and during the end credits. In 2013, "Move Your Feet" was used in a television commercial for Google Chromebook.

The follow-up single, "Rhythm Bandits", made the singles charts in the UK and Australia, and was included in the soundtrack of the game FIFA Football 2004.

D-D-Don't Stop the Beat was included in several publications' "Best Albums of 2003" lists, including Rolling Stone, NME, Entertainment Weekly and Blender. The Sunday Chronicle in San Francisco rated "Move Your Feet" as the single of the year, calling it "the best song ever".

The CD features the video to "Move Your Feet" (made by designer group Shynola) and a "Making Of" as enhanced content.

The single "Shake Your Coconuts" is available on the Looney Tunes: Back in Action soundtrack, and is used as the menu music in the game Worms 3D by Team17 Software. It was also featured in the 2004 movie Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and Malcolm in the Middle's season 5 episode "Experiment".

The song "White Trash" from this album was used in the advertisement for music magazine TV show Popworld in the United Kingdom. The advert featured the two presenters of the show doing a synchronized dance routine to the song whilst wearing identical outfits.

Hey Hey My My Yo Yo[edit]

Junior Senior's touring bassist at Roskilde Festival, 2005

Junior Senior released their second album, Hey Hey My My Yo Yo on August 24, 2005 in Japan, where it went to #2 on the charts. It was released in the US in 2007. The first single from the album was "Itch U Can't Skratch". The track "Take My Time" features Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson of New Wave band The B-52's. "Take My Time" has also been featured in the PSP video game Lumines II.

In February 2006 and March 2006 the band held a contest for fans to appear in a music video for their song "Can I Get Get Get". The song "Can I Get Get Get" has been used on the T.V shows Ugly Betty, Cavemen, Castle, Eastbound & Down and was featured in the film What Happens in Vegas. This song was also featured on the Nordic edition of Lips as an on-disc song as well as downloadable content worldwide. The music video for this song was released on July 25, 2006.

"Hip Hop a Lula" was featured in a Sears back-to-school commercial in August 2007. It was also used extensively in Network Ten Australia's advertising in 2008.

Disbandment[edit]

Mortensen and Laursen announced on their blog that they would split and pursue solo projects on September 26, 2008.[2] Both Junior and Senior have launched new projects. In 2008, Mortensen released a 12" single called "Trust Tissue" under the moniker I Scream Ice Cream on Kitsune Records. In 2010, Mortensen formed the group MAKE OUT. Laursen is reportedly working on a debut album.[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
DEN
[4]
AUS
[5]
JPN UK
[6]
US
[7]
US Dance
[7]
2003 D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat 29 94
2005 Hey Hey My My Yo Yo
  • Released: August 24, 2005
  • Label: Crunchy Frog
  • Formats: CD, digital download
20 2 5

EPs[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
DEN
[4]
AUS
[5]
JPN UK
[6]
US
[7]
US Dance
[7]
2003 Boy Meets Girl EP
2007 Say Hello, Wave Goodbye EP
  • Released: August 21, 2007
  • Label: Crunchy Frog
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
DEN
[4]
FRA
[8]
AUS
[5]
UK
[6]
US Dance
[7]
2002 "Move Your Feet" 4 15A 20 3 25 D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat
2003 "Rhythm Bandits" 47 22
"Shake Your Coconuts"
2005 "Itch U Can't Skratch" Hey Hey My My Yo Yo
2006 "Can I Get Get Get"

Footnotes

  • British chart reference[9]
  • ADid not chart in France originally in 2003 but in a re-release in 2013

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2003 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Dance Themselves Nominated
Best Nordic Act Nominated
Web Award www.juniorsenior.com Nominated
Q Awards Best Video "Move Your Feet" Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Junior Senior Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Paul (September 26, 2008). "Junior Senior Split, Pursue Solo Projects". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  3. ^ Thiessen, Brock (September 26, 2008). Exclaim: Junior Senior Part Ways "Junior Senior Part Ways". Exclaim!. 
  4. ^ a b c "Danish Charts > Junior Senior". danishcharts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  5. ^ a b c "Australian Charts > Junior Senior". australian-charts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  6. ^ a b c "UK Charts > Junior Senior". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Billboard 200> Junior Senior". billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  8. ^ "French Charts > Junior Senior". lescharts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  9. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 293. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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