Beat Dis

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"Beat Dis"
Single by Bomb the Bass
from the album Into the Dragon
February 1988
Format7", 12", CD single
Length6:00 (original 12" version)
3:21 (music video version)
Songwriter(s)Pascal Gabriel, Tim Simenon
Producer(s)Tim Simenon
Bomb the Bass singles chronology
"Beat Dis"
"Don't Make Me Wait"

"Beat Dis" is a song by British act Bomb the Bass, a studio production formed by producer Tim Simenon, from the act's album Into the Dragon. Like other hits of the era such as "Pump Up the Volume" by MARRS and "Theme from S'Express" by S'Express, it largely consisted of samples.

The single was very successful in the United Kingdom, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart for one week and was Bomb the Bass' only chart hit in the U.S.[1]

The centre label on the record features a smiley lifted from Watchmen. This usage was the origin of the use of the smiley as a symbol for acid house.[2]


Chart (1987-1988) Peak
Austria 3
Belgium 10
Germany 6
Ireland 4
Netherlands 8
New Zealand 5
Spain 13
Switzerland 4
United Kingdom 2

Samples used[edit]

This is an incomplete list of samples used in "Beat Dis".[3][4] Samples used in different versions may vary.


  1. ^ Joel Whitburn's Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003, 2004
  2. ^ Savage, Jon (2009-02-21). "The history of the smiley face symbol". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
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