The Power (Snap! song)

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"The Power"
Single by Snap!
from the album World Power
B-side Remix
Released 3 January 1990 (original version)
17 June 1996 (remix version)
Format CD maxi, 7" single, 12" maxi
Recorded 1989
Genre Eurodance[1]
Length 3:47 (7" single version)
8:14 (12" single version)
6:01 (12" jungle fever remix '90)
5:42 (Album version)
Label Ariola, Arista
Writer(s) Benito Benites/John "Virgo" Garrett III/Toni C.
Producer(s) Snap!
Certification see certifications
Snap! singles chronology
"The Power"
(1990)
"Ooops Up"
(1990)
Music sample

"The Power" is a song by the German music group Snap! from their album World Power. It was released in January 1990 and reached number one in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, as well as on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Rap charts. It is particularly known for its hook "I've got the power!"

Background[edit]

Written by Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti (under the pseudonyms Benito Benites and John "Virgo" Garrett III) and produced by Snap!, it was the group's third single. Featuring a rap by Turbo B and vocals by Penny Ford (lip-synced in the music video by Jackie Harris), the single became a massive international hit.

The song opens with the somewhat enigmatic line in Russian: “Американская фирма Transceptor Technology приступила к производству компьютеров «Персональный спутник»” (meaning “The American company Transceptor Technology has started production of the ‘Personal Companion’ computer”). “Personal Companion” was a computer-like device for the blind and visually impaired. Released in 1990, it was controlled by voice and could, among other functions, automatically download articles from USA Today by a built-in modem. It was made by Transceptor Technologies of Ann Arbor, Michigan.[2]

The song contains samples from "Let the Words Flow" by Chill Rob G, "Love's Gonna Get You" by Jocelyn Brown,[3] and "King Of The Beats" by Mantronix. To compensate Wild Pitch Records for the unauthorized sampling of Chill Rob G's line "It's gettin kinda hectic!" a deal was struck allowing Wild Pitch to use Snap's music for their own song. This version of "The Power" is credited to "The Power Jam featuring Chill Rob G". Wild Pitch simply took Snap's song and incorporated more of the vocals from "Let the Words Flow" at the expense of Turbo B's and Penny Ford's vocals. Jocelyn Brown also confirmed legal action because of the unauthorized sampling.[3]

Covers and remixes[edit]

In 1990, the American act Deff Boyz sampled the track for their single "Swing."

In 1992 German Studio project MVT (Musical Voyage Target) used "The Power" sample for their single "Hype the Bass".

The song was covered in 2002 by the German band H-Blockx. Turbo B featured in the song taking turns to rap lyrics with H-Blockx's then frontman Dave Gappa. Of note, Turbo B replaces the word 'Snap!' with 'H-blockx' in the line "If they are Snap! don't need the police to try to save them". The single charted at number 48 in Germany, number 51 in Austria and number 34 in Australia.[4]

In 2003, the song was remixed by Motivo, with added Indian vocals from Joshilay and released as Snap! Vs. Motivo – The Power (of Bhangra).

In 2010, Swizz Beatz sampled the song on the second half of Kanye West's official remix to his single Power featuring Jay-Z.

In 2013, Lena Philipsson covered the song during the 70th birthday celebration of Queen Silvia of Sweden.

Tremors at Techno-Mart[edit]

On 5 July 2011, a 39-story shopping mall called the "Techno-Mart" in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, shook violently for 10 minutes and was evacuated for two days.[5] After study, it was determined that about 20 people performing Tae Bo exercises to "The Power" caused the building to vibrate by creating a mechanical resonance. The tentative conclusion was the consensus among the six professors from an architectural institute and vibration measurement experts who participated in a recreation of the event. The Architectural Institute of Korea was scheduled to release the final results of the safety inspection later in 2011.[6]

Track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer
Canadian RPM Dance number-one single
7 July 1990 – 28 July 1990 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer
Preceded by
"Dub Be Good to Me" by Beats International
UK Singles Chart number-one single
31 March 1990 – 7 April 1990 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Vogue" by Madonna
Preceded by
"Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
31 March 1990 – 14 April 1990 (3 weeks)
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
14 April 1990 – 5 May 1990 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Kingston Town" by UB40
Single Top 100 number-one single
14 April 1990 – 12 May 1990 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones
Swiss number-one single
6 May 1990 – 27 May 1990 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles
Preceded by
"Infinity" by Guru Josh
Spanish number-one single
16 June 1990 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Infinity" by Guru Josh
Preceded by
"Amerikkka's Most Wanted" by Ice Cube
US Billboard Hot Rap Singles number-one single
30 June 1990 – 14 July 1990 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"We're All in the Same Gang"
by The West Coast Rap All-Stars
Preceded by
"Vogue" by Madonna
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
2 June 1990 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Dub Be Good to Me" by Beats International

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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