Pump Up the Jam

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"Pump Up the Jam"
Single by Technotronic
from the album Pump Up the Jam: The Album
Released 1989
Genre Hip house,[1] Eurodance[2]
Length 5:20
Label Swanyard Records
SBK/EMI Records (US)
Writer(s) Manuela Kamosi, Thomas de Quincey
Producer(s) Thomas de Quincey
Technotronic singles chronology
"Pump Up the Jam"
(1989)
"Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)"
(1990)

"Pump Up the Jam" is the opening track on Technotronic's album Pump Up the Jam: The Album. The song was a worldwide hit, reaching number two in the United Kingdom in 1989. The song was also a landmark release for the Belgian EBM and new beat–influenced house music. It was able to tackle the tough American market and became the first house song to break into mainstream. It reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1990. The song was later certified triple platinum. In 2005, it was remixed by internationally renowned DJ-producer D.O.N.S., who took it to number one on the British Dance Chart.

Cover versions[edit]

In 1989, German Eurodance group MC Sar & The Real McCoy covered the song, which reached number 16 in Germany and number 100 on the Mega Single Top 100.[3] In 1990, it was parodied with virtually identical music as the German-language Pump ab das Bier ("Pump away the beer!" urging a fellow patron to drink up) by Werner Wichtig, stage name for Raimund Thielcke, who actually had brewer training. Kids Incorporated sang this song on the show's 7th season. In 1992, "Weird Al" Yankovic made a short polka version, which appeared in his medley "Polka Your Eyes Out."[4] The vocal was sampled in the hardcore song "Da Pump" by da Tekno Warriors in 1998.[5] It was remixed by Crazy Frog on the 2005 album Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits.[6] Dutch techno-trance DJ Sander van Doorn remixed this track in 2006. Quebec acoustic cover band The Lost Fingers recorded a cover of the song on its 2008 album Lost In The 80s.[7] Icelandic band FM Belfast made a slow electronica cover of "Pump Up the Jam."[8] In 2009 the song was interpolated by rapper Pitbull in the song "B-Day Suit". Colombian group Bomba Estéreo released a bilingual cover of the song in 2011, re-titled "Ponte Bomb."[9] In 2013, DJ team Bodybangers covered the song in an electro house and EDM style, made for nightclubs.

Cultural references[edit]

On an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Will Smith sang the chorus out of tune and danced to a drum cover of the song as comedy. The song was the background music of a Saturday Night Live skit that featured Nancy Kerrigan figure skating with Chris Farley and in a scene in the 1996 movie Space Jam, in which the Looney Tunes and Michael Jordan were getting ready to play basketball. It featured in the karaoke video game SingStar 90s, in a scene in the 2008 film You Don't Mess with the Zohan. The song was the basis for Soni De Nakhre, a Bollywood song featured in the movie Partner, which was itself loosely based on the movie Hitch. It was used in a 2008 cellphone commercial in Argentina, which explained "why translated songs aren't as good". The song was translated as "Infla la mermelada" (word by word, though not correctly, "Pump the jam").

The song was also featured in the games Just Dance for Nintendo Wii, and Dance Central for the Xbox 360 Kinect. It was also used during the sketches between Victoria Silvstedt and Enrico Papi in the Italian TV show La Ruota Della Fortuna.[10]

In Flemish slang, 'pump up the jam' became a jocular term for male masturbation.

This song appears in the Mystery Skateboards video: "10 Tricks With Jimmy Carlin".

Track listings[edit]

Multiple versions and re-releases were produced for the "Pump Up the Jam" singles.

Accolades[edit]

Year Publisher Country Accolade Rank
1989 The Face United Kingdom "Recordings Of The Year" (Singles)[11] 30 (40)
1995 Life United States "The Best Recordings Of The 90's"[12] *

(*) indicates the list is unordered.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Preceded by
"Swing the Mood" by Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number-one single
14 October 1989 – 28 October 1989 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"If Only I Could" by Sydney Youngblood
Preceded by
"Miss You Much" by Janet Jackson
"Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins
Canadian RPM 30 Retail Sales number-one single
16 December 1989 (1 week)
20 January 1990 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Swing the Mood" by Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
"We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel
Preceded by
"Bust a Move" by Young MC
Canadian RPM Dance number-one single
25 November 1989 – 13 January 1990 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Two to Make It Right" by Seduction
Preceded by
"French Kiss" by Lil Louis
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
4 November 1989 – 25 November 1989 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Git on Up" by Fast Eddie featuring Sundance
Preceded by
"Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins
US Cash Box number-one single
20 January 1990 – 27 January 1990 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Downtown Train" by Rod Stewart

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