Technotronic

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Technotronic
Origin Aalst, Belgium
Genres House, dance-pop, Eurodance, techno, hip house, deep house, tech house
Years active 1988–present
Labels SBK/EMI Records
ARS Entertainment Belgium
Associated acts Ya Kid K
Réjane Magloire
Hi Tek 3 (alias)
Members Jo Bogaert
Ya Kid K
"MC Eric/Me One"
Past members Réjane "Reggie" Magloire
Melissa Beckford
Daisy Dee
Colin "Einstein" Case
"Black Diamond" (Charles Fitzgerald Davis)
Patrick DeMeyer
"Monday Midnite" (Monday Osaigbovo Agbonze)
Helen Mwangi-Taylor
Deidra Jones

Technotronic is a Belgian studio-based music project formed in 1988 by Jo Bogaert, who originally gained notoriety in the early 1980s as part of a cover band and as a solo artist under various New Beat projects, including The Acts of Madmen and Nux Nemo. Together with vocalist Ya Kid K, he produced the hit single, "Pump Up the Jam", which was originally an instrumental. An image for the act was later put together, utilizing Congolese-born fashion model Felly Kilingi as its album/single cover art, and supposed singer in the music video.

"Pump Up The Jam"[edit]

The track that became "Pump Up The Jam" began life as "Technotronic" (which in turn became the project's official name), an original instrumental that Bogaert released under the name The Pro 24s. Based on Farley Jackmaster Funk's "The Acid Life," this instrumental initially included vocal samples from Eddie Murphy's "Delirious" live set and was months later replaced by newer music, along with lyrics and vocals from Ya Kid K. prior to the song's international release in September 1989.

The song became a worldwide success, eventually reaching #2 in both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart in late 1989/early 1990. It not only introduced a new sound based on "New Beat", a dance genre developed around the Belgian music scene, but it was also one of the first songs outside of Chicago, Illinois, to pioneer the hip-house genre, a fusion of house music with elements of hip-hop.[citation needed]

Further career[edit]

The success of the project's first single led to the release of Pump Up the Jam: The Album, which featured tracks by Ya Kid K and MC Eric. They also became an opening act for Madonna and had appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Arsenio Hall Show, and It's Showtime at the Apollo. It was at this time that Ya Kid K became Technotronic's actual featured vocalist after it was revealed that Felly was merely lip-synching the vocals in the video for "Pump Up The Jam".

Three follow-up singles, "Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over)", a #7 hit in the US and a #2 hit in the UK; "This Beat Is Technotronic" (US Dance #3, UK #14); and "Rockin´ Over The Beat" (UK #9), also reached the Top 10 in many countries, and the album eventually climbed into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 in the US and reached #2 in the UK Albums Chart.[1]

In 1990, Kamosi contributed vocals on the single "Spin That Wheel", as part of Technotronic's "side project" Hi-Tek 3, for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles soundtrack.

A megamix was released compiling many of Technotronic's previous hits. Released as a single, it peaked at #6 in the UK[1] and #1 on the Eurochart Hot 100.

An excerpt from Technotronic's "Like This" (1999), which features a distinctive touch of Detroit techno within house structure. This sound gave prominence to tech house and electrotech.

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In 1992, the song "Move This" (also featuring Kamosi) from the album became popular through its use in a Revlon television commercial, and it became their third Top 10 hit in the United States, peaking at #6. With renewed interest in the album, it was repackaged in 1992 with the same track listing, but this time it featured Ya Kid K on the cover.

They later came back with "Like This" (1999), featuring Monday Midnite. It combined deep house[2] and techno elements, making it an early example of the tech house genre,[3] and giving prominence to electrotech.

Technotronic has sold approximately 14 million albums and singles worldwide.[citation needed]

20th anniversary (1989–2009)[edit]

MC Eric and Ya Kid K. reunited and have toured parts of Europe, South America and Australia, as a part of commemorating Technotronic's 20th anniversary, performing their classic hits as well as new material. MC Eric also tours as a DJ.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
AUS
[4]
AUT
[4]
GER
[5]
NED
[4]
NZ
[4]
SUI
[4]
SWE
[4]
UK
[6]
U.S.
[7]
Pump Up the Jam: The Album 22 3 10 16 18 4 17 2 10
Trip on This: The Remixes 50 7
Body to Body
  • Release date: 1991
  • Label: Transistor Music
  • Formats: CD
25 42 17 27
The Greatest Hits
  • Release date: October 25, 1993
  • Label: ARS Productions
  • Formats: CD
48
Recall
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUS
[4]
AUT
[4]
BEL
(FLA)
FRA
[4]
GER
[10]
IRE
[11]
NED
[4]
NZ
[4]
SPA
[12]
SUI
[4]
SWE
[4]
UK
[1]
U.S.
[13]
1989 "Pump Up the Jam" (featuring Felly) 4 2 1 7 2 2 4 1 2 4 2 2 Pump Up the Jam - The Album
1990 "Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)" (featuring Ya Kid K) 7 2 1 2 2 2 2 7 1 1 4 2 7
"This Beat Is Technotronic" (featuring MC Eric) 27 7 18 10 5 7 38 11 8 14
"Rockin' Over the Beat" (featuring Ya Kid K) 16 20 18 11 10 9 95
"Megamix" 13 8 10 9 4 18 7 6 Trip on This - The Remixes
"Turn It Up" (featuring Melissa and Einstein) 39 33 26 42
1991 "Move That Body" (featuring Reggie) 27 18 25 19 3 38 14 10 33 12 Body to Body
"Work" (featuring Reggie) 21 12 24 40
"Money Makes the World Go Round" (featuring Reggie)
1992 "Move This" (featuring Ya Kid K) 6 The Greatest Hits
1993 "Hey Yoh, Here We Go" (featuring Ya Kid K) 48
1994 "One + One" (featuring Ya Kid K)
"Move It to the Rhythm" (featuring Ya Kid K) 50 83 Recall
1995 "Recall" (featuring Ya Kid K)
1996 "I Want You By My Side" 31
"Crazy" single only
"Pump Up The Jam - The '96 Sequel" 36 Pump Up The Hits
1998 "Get Up - The '98 Sequel" 91
1999 "Like This" (featuring Monday Midnite) 9 singles only
2000 "The G-Train" (featuring Monday Midnite) 39
"The Mariachi" (featuring Ya Kid K) 27
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Hi Tek 3[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
BEL
(FLA)
NED UK
[17]
AUS NZ US
[18]
US R&B
[19]
US Dance
[20]
1990 "Spin That Wheel" (featuring Ya Kid K) 21 24 15 5 10 69 39 3 The Easiest Way
"Come On And Dance" (featuring MC Shamrock) 88
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 551. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Technotronic – Like This". Discogs. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Technotronic Featuring Monday Midnite – Like This". Discogs. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m International album peaks
  5. ^ German peaks
  6. ^ UK peaks
  7. ^ US album peaks
  8. ^ a b Music Canada: Certifications
  9. ^ a b c d "Certified Awards Search: Technotronic". BPI. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  10. ^ German peaks
  11. ^ Search for Irish peaks
  12. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  13. ^ US singles peaks
  14. ^ Dutch certifications nvpi.nl (Retrieved January 11, 2009)
  15. ^ a b U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved January 11, 2009)
  16. ^ French certifications Infodisc.fr See: "Les ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "Technotronic" (Retrieved January 11, 2009)
  17. ^ Peak positions for U.K.:
  18. ^ "Hi Tek 3 - US Hot 100 Chart". billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  19. ^ "Hi Tek 3 - US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart". billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  20. ^ "Hi Tek 3 - US Dance Club Songs Chart". billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 

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