Bus Stop (band)

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Bus Stop
OriginLondon, England
GenresDance, hip hop
Years active1998–2002
LabelsEMI
Associated actsDaz Sampson
MembersDarren Sampson (Daz Sampson)
Graham Turner
Mark Hall
Nikki Reid (Lane)

Bus Stop were a British dance act made up of Darren Sampson (known as Daz Sampson), alongside Graham Turner, Mark Hall and Nikki Reid (Lane). It was formed in 1998 and had a string of hit singles before disbanding in 2002. The main vocalist Daz Sampson went on to a successful musical career including representing Britain in 2006 in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Style[edit]

The band was best known for its dance remakes of well-known hits, and some of the remakes quite often featured the original artists themselves who were invited to take part in the new recordings. This way, Bus Stop was able to bring back many old hits to the charts with new catchy arrangements and revved up tunes and mixes. On many recordings, Daz Sampson, the main vocalist of the band, would add some rap sequences as well.

Career[edit]

Starting in 1998, Bus Stop had a string of hits and are best known for their very successful 1998 single "Kung Fu Fighting", the original being a UK #1 hit in 1974. Bus Stop's remake of the original song featuring the vocals of the original artist himself Carl Douglas. The sampled song added original rap lyrics, a style they would use in later hits as well. The single reached #8 in the UK Singles Chart in June 1998.[1]

After the success of "Kung Fu Fighting", the group released three further remakes, "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" that featured Randy Bachman, dance version of Van Halen's "Jump" and "Get It On" that featured T. Rex.

Other hits included remakes of "Footloose" (originally by Kenny Loggins) and "Na-Na" (originally a hit by Steam called "Goodbye" popularly known as "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye". Bus Stop also released "Kick the Can", "Swing It", "One Two (Little Bitch)" and "Long Train Runnin'".

In addition to their single releases, the band was featured on many tracks in the Dancemania series.[2] The group disbanded in 2002.

After the break-up[edit]

Band member and Bus Stops's main vocalist Daz Sampson has since gone on to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with "Teenage Life". He has also enjoyed a prosperous career and has had chart success as part of Fraud Squad (with JJ Mason), Rikki & Daz (with Ricardo Autobahn, real name John Matthews), with Barndance Boys (also with Matthews) and very notably in Uniting Nations (with Paul Keenan).

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Ticket to Ride (1998)[3]
  • Get It On (2000)[4]
  • Bustin' Rhymes & Melodies (2002)[5]

Singles[edit]

Year Single UK Singles Chart
1998 "Kung Fu Fighting"
(feat. Carl Douglas)
8 Originally by Carl Douglas
"You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet"
(feat. Randy Bachman)
22 Originally by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
1999 "Jump" 23 Originally by Van Halen
2000 "Get It On"
(feat. T. Rex)
59 Originally by T. Rex
"One Two (Little Bitch)" - Remake of "Little Bitch" by The Specials
"Footloose" - Originally by Kenny Loggins
2001 "Kick the Can" - Remake of music played in the "Can-can", composed by Jacques Offenbach
"Na-Na" - Remake of "Goodbye" by Steam
"SWING IT" - Remake of "Tequila (Champs song)" by Danny Flores and The Champs
"Long Train Runnin'" - Originally by The Doobie Brothers

Video games[edit]

Bus Stop has a total of six songs which appear in the Dance Dance Revolution arcade series. Although Bus Stop is absent in Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova series and Dance Dance Revolution X, "Long Train Runnin'" returns as a cover by X-Treme.

Song Arcade game
1st 2nd 3rd Bass 2000 4th 5th MAX2 Ex X3 2013 2014 A
"KUNG FU FIGHTING" Yes Yes Yes Does not appear Does not appear Yes Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Yes Yes Not in USA location test Removed on May 30, 2016
"KUNG FU FIGHTING (MIAMI BOOTY MIX)" Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Yes Yes Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
"KICK THE CAN" Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Yes Yes Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
"ONE TWO (LITTLE BITCH)" Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Yes Yes Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
"NA-NA" Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear 4thMix Plus only Yes Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
"Swing It" Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Yes Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
"LONG TRAIN RUNNIN'" Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Yes Yes Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear

Compilation appearances[edit]

Dancemania[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 86. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ Bus Stop
  3. ^ "Bus Stop - Ticket To Ride at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Bus Stop - Get It On (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 20 September 2000. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Bus Stop - Bustin' Rhymes And Melodies (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 16 February 2002. Retrieved 5 May 2012.