Sandstorm (song)

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This article is about the 1999 song. For the 1996 single, see Sandstorm (Cast song). For the 2013 single, see Sandstorm (Rasmus Seebach song). For other songs, see Sandstorm (disambiguation)#Songs.
Single by Darude
from the album Before the Storm
Released November 15, 1999
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded JS16 Studios in 1999
Genre Techno
Length 7:21 (Original Mix)
3:45 (Radio Edit)
Label 16 Inch
Writer(s) Ville Virtanen
Producer(s) JS16
Darude singles chronology
"Feel the Beat"
Before the Storm track listing
Music sample

"Sandstorm" is a 1999 song by Finnish Techno producer and DJ, Darude.[1] It was released on November 15, 1999 in Finland by 16 Inch Records, and re-released in Sweden in 2000. "Sandstorm" was the best-selling single worldwide in 2000.[2] On March 1, 2010, over ten years after its release, the song was certified Gold in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over 500,000.[3]

Mainstream popularity[edit]

Soon after release, the song became popular on pop radio stations, reaching No. 1 in Norway,[4] though its popularity waned quickly.

The song is also often used as background music for videos hosted on the internet, particularly on video sharing site YouTube, where uploads of the song's music video total over 30,000,000 views.

Music video[edit]

The video for the song features Darude with headphones (Sony MDR-F1 model) viewing two security guards (a man and a woman) chasing a woman with a case. It was filmed at Helsinki Senate Square. Darude seems to appear at every place the pursuers and the pursued go. Near the end, the woman with the case stumbles and one of her pursuers (the other woman) betrays her partner, knocking him out. The woman and the other woman take the case onto a boat with Darude.

The futuristic firearms were blurred out in some countries.[citation needed]

In video gaming[edit]

The song appeared as a licensed song on DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution, UBeat, Jukebeat, Jubeat Knit and Dance Central 2. The song was also featured on the NHL 11 and NHL Slapshot soundtracks. The song also appears in many eSports tournaments and streams. This song was also played live at DreamHack in 2013 by Darude.

In television[edit]

On a finnish TV-show called "Far Out" two contestants named Tatu and Eeka travelled to Budapest where their assignment was to play music with gypsies. They ended up with making their own version of Sandstorm called "Sandström" together with two Hungarian musicians.[5] The song also appeared on the pilot episode of popular Showtime series Queer as Folk, which first aired on December 3, 2000.[6]

The game show Mega Match in Venezuela uses this as a background cue usually during commercial bumpers.

In film[edit]

The song has appeared in the comedy movie (2005 remake) Fun with Dick and Jane, as well as in the 2013 drama film Filth. Still in 2013, it also appeared in Under the Skin (in the discothèque scene).

In sports[edit]

In October 2006, Sandstorm was played for the first time, (on a trial basis and almost by accident), by The University of South Carolina Gamecocks Williams-Brice Stadium audio/video crew. The South Carolina Gamecocks are an American college football team and member of the Southeastern Conference. The song, on a whim, was being tried as a new 'pump-it-up' sound, and was met with approval by supporters, particularly the students in the North End-zone section of the stadium. USC students and fans, almost instantly, made Sandstorm an unofficial anthem.[7] The song is now played over the Williams-Brice Stadium speakers before kickoffs and it is timed to end when the kicker makes contact with the football. Gamecock fans jump to the beat of the music while waving white rally towels rapidly above their heads in unison. (The genesis of rally towels at South Carolina is traceable to Carolina students, in 2007, who began ripping their shirts off and swinging them over their heads when Sandstorm was played. This practice led to obvious issues which eventually forced officials to hand-out smaller rally towels for the fans to use.)[citation needed] The tradition has grown to include the crowd chanting "USC!" in sync with the music. The song has since been added to Carolina Stadium for baseball after home runs. After Williams-Brice Stadium installed a new scoreboard in 2012, the sides of the video board were designed with lights that dance in a trance during the song.

The Columbia Blowfish, a collegiate summer baseball in Columbia, play Sandstorm at the top of the ninth inning. The crew in the press box sync up a light show while jumping around waving rallying towels. The Blowfish currently play at Historic Capital City Stadium, which is located a mile from the The University of South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium.

The Carrier Dome uses the song during Syracuse Football games and Syracuse Basketball games during kickoff and tipoff.[citation needed]

The Chicago Blackhawks currently play this song at home games at the United Center when a penalty is called on their opponent, resulting in a power play.[citation needed] The Ottawa Senators, another NHL team, also play the song after a penalty is called on their opponents, usually right after a chime.[citation needed]

MMA Fighter Wanderlei Silva has used "Sandstorm" throughout his career in Pride Fighting Championships and in the Ultimate Fighting Championship as his walkout song.[citation needed]

Professional wrestler Toru Owashi uses "Sandstorm" as his entrance theme.[8]

Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara uses "Sandstorm" as his walk-up music during Red Sox home games.

The Dutch-born BDO darts player Co Stompe uses the track as his walk-on tune before matches.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Sandstorm" (Radio Edit) – 3:46
  2. "Sandstorm" (Original Mix) – 7:26
  3. "Sandstorm" (JS16 Remix) – 7:21
  • Sandstorm (The Remixes) - EP (iTunes Download)
  1. "Sandstorm" (Radio Edit) – 3:49
  2. "Sandstorm" (Extended) – 7:26
  3. "Sandstorm" (Dallas Superstarts Remix) – 8:24
  4. "Sandstorm" (Komytea Radio Remix) – 3:54
  5. "Sandstorm" (Komytea Remix) – 7:40
  6. "Sandstorm" (DJ Ray Aka Tom Hafman Remix) – 7:13
  7. "Sandstorm" (Superchumbo's Sandy Storm) – 8:38
  8. "Sandstorm" (Jan Driver Remix) – 6:16
  9. "Sandstorm" (Ronyz Rework) – 6:20

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"It Feels So Good" by Sonique
Norwegian Singles Chart number-one single
July 27, 2000 – August 31, 2000
Succeeded by
"Music" by Madonna


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