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|Single by Herbie Hancock|
|from the album Future Shock|
|Length||5:27 (Album Version)
3:54 (Single Version)
"Rockit" is a composition recorded by Herbie Hancock. It was released as a single from his 1983 album Future Shock. The composition was written by Hancock, bass guitarist Bill Laswell, and synthesizer/drum machine programmer Michael Beinhorn.
Constructed and composed during the recording process at various studios, including Martin Bisi's in Brooklyn NY, the composition is the first recognized popular single to feature scratching and other turntablist techniques, performed by GrandMixer D.ST - an influential DJ in the early years of turntablism.
Some years later turntablists such as DJ Qbert and Mix Master Mike cited the composition as 'revelatory' in the documentary film Scratch, inspiring their interest in the instrument. The single was a major radio hit in the United Kingdom and a popular dance club record in the United States.
The music video, directed by duo Godley & Creme and featuring robot-like movable sculptures (by Jim Whiting) dancing, spinning and even walking in time to the music in a "virtual house" in London, England, garnered five MTV Video Music Awards in 1984, including Best Concept Video and Best Special Effects. The video is unique in that it was edited to the sounds of the scratching of the composition, and it employed new techniques never seen in a music video up until then. Hancock himself appears and plays keyboard only as a black-and-white image on a television, which is smashed on the pavement outside the front door of the house in the closing shot.
Appearances in other media
- It is featured in the video games: Dance Dance Revolution UNIVERSE 2, Amplitude, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, DJ Hero, and NBA Street Homecourt.
- It was studied for the music and art portion of the 1990-1991 Academic Decathlon competition. The musical focus for that year was Music of the Post-World War II era.
- It is featured in the 1986 Soviet film Office Boy, where young people break dance in the street. This version of B.T. & The City Slickers was produced only once in Breakdance.
- It is featured in the 2007 film Kickin' It Old Skool as the music being played during two breakdance competitions, and a piece that wakes the main character Justin, played by Jamie Kennedy, from his 20 year coma.
- It appears in the film Zoolander, where it is used to break Derek's hypnotism during the finale catwalk scene.
- It was used for the radio program "Showboat" on Soccer AM.
- It was featured when Chris Skelton danced in Episode 5 of Series 3 on the BBC TV show "Ashes to Ashes."
- It was featured on season 3, episode 4 of 30 Rock during a brief moment when NBC page Kenneth is shown street-dancing for side cash.
- It was featured on The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XVI. It shows a robot playing a synthesizer whilst a pair of robotic legs are dancing in time to the music. This may be a parody of the music video.
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||7|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||4|
|Canadian Singles Chart||9|
|Germany (Media Control AG)||6|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||8|
|Netherlands (GfK Dutch Chart)||7|
|New Zealand (RIANZ)||7|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||4|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||8|
|US Billboard Hot 100||71|
|US Billboard Hot Black Singles||6|
|US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||1|
- Vladimir Bogdanov (2003). Backbeat Books, ed. All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap & Hip-Hop. p. 8. ISBN 978-0879307592. Retrieved 18 June 2013. "Electro also provided an intriguing new direction for one of the style's prime influences: Herbie Hancock, whose 1973 Headhunters album proved a large fusion hit, came storming back in 1983 with the electro single "Rockit.""
- http://theprodigy.info/reviews/dirtchamber.shtml "Herbie Hancock's electro anthem 'Rockit'"
- Wiederhorn, Jon; Corey Moss (2002-08-26), The Influence Of VMA Breakthroughs, retrieved 2009-05-08
- "Herbie Hancock – Rockit – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Hung Medien.
- "Ultratop.be – Herbie Hancock – Rockit" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch.
- "Rockit in Canada Top 50". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement "Rockit" has to be searched manually
- "Rockit in Dutch Top 40". Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Rockit on Dutchcharts.nl". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "Charts.org.nz – Herbie Hancock – Rockit". Top 40 Singles. Hung Medien.
- "Swedishcharts.com – Herbie Hancock – Rockit". Singles Top 60. Hung Medien.
- "Herbie Hancock – Rockit – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Hung Medien.
- "Herbie Hancock" UK Singles Chart. Official Charts Company.
- "Herbie Hancock Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Herbie Hancock. Prometheus Global Media.
- "Future Shock awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- Song Review from Allmusic
- Rock On The Net: 1984 MTV Video Music Awards
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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