Cult of Snap

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"Cult of Snap"
Cult of Snap - Snap.jpg
Single by Snap!
from the album World Power
B-side"Blasé Blasé"
ReleasedSeptember 1990
Recorded1987[citation needed]
GenreHip house, tribal house
Length3:59 (Radio Edit)
LabelLogic Records
Songwriter(s)
  • John "Virgo" Garrett III
  • Durron Butler
  • Benito Benites
Producer(s)
  • Benito Benitez
  • John "Virgo" Garrett III
Snap! singles chronology
"Ooops Up"
(1990)
"Cult of Snap"
(1990)
"Mary Had a Little Boy"
(1990)
Music video
"Cult of Snap" on YouTube

"Cult of Snap" is a song recorded by German Eurodance group Snap!. It was released as the third single from their debut studio album, World Power in September 1990. The song reached No.1 in Spain for four weeks and it also peaked at No.2 in Austria and Zimbabwe. Snap! performed the song on the British TV show Top of the Pops.

The song was re-recorded and included on their 2003 remix album, The Cult of Snap! featuring Roy Malone.

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic editor Andrew Hamilton noted the "choppy rhythms" of the song in his review of World Power.[1] American magazine Billboard described it as a "African-infused house jam".[2] Marisa Fox from Entertainment Weekly said it is "a dark song, with African drumbeats and chanting."[3] Pan-European magazine Music & Media noted that Turbo B "raps like he's shouting orders over a monotone techno beat, spiced up with oriental and African samples."[4] David Giles from Music Week commented, "The best record from this outfit yet. Snap tap into a slightly salsa-based groove that stands out a mile among all the Funky Drummers, and decorate it with rapping. Afro-harmonies, and oriental melodies. A huge hit."[5] A reviewer from Newcastle Evening Chronicle picked it as one of the best songs from the album.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

"Cult of Snap" went on to become a major hit on the charts on several continents. In Europe, it peaked at number-one in Spain and was a Top 10 hit in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In the latter, the single reached number eight in its second week at the UK Singles Chart, on September 23, 1990.[7] Outside Europe, "Cult of Snap" went to number two in Zimbabwe, number 15 in New Zealand and number 27 in Australia.

Music video[edit]

A tribal music video was released to promote the song. It sees the band members belly dancing and charming a snake. The video was directed by Liam Kan.[8] He also directed the music video for the group's previous single, "Ooops Up". "Cult of Snap" was later published on Snap!'s official YouTube channel in May 2011. The video has amassed more than 2 million views as of September 2021.[9]

Track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

List of number-one singles of 1990 (Spain)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. "Snap! - World Power". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Album Reviews: New & Noteworthy" (PDF). Billboard. 2 June 1990. p. 80. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  3. ^ Fox, Marisa (26 April 1991). "Dance Now!!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Previews: Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 6 October 1990. p. 18. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  5. ^ Giles, David (22 September 1990). "Singles" (PDF). Music Week. p. 21. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  6. ^ "SNAP: WORLD POWER". Newcastle Evening Chronicle. 12 June 1990. page 14. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 23 September 1990 - 29 September 1990". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  8. ^ "snap - cult of snap ( viva tv )". YouTube. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  9. ^ "SNAP! - Cult of Snap! (Official Video)". YouTube. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Snap! – Cult of Snap". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
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  13. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 13 October 1990. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Snap! – Cult of Snap" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Top 10 in Europe" (PDF). Music & Media. 22 December 1990. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  16. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  17. ^ a b "I singoli più venduti del 1990" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Snap!" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
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  22. ^ "Top 10 in Europe" (PDF). Music & Media. 4 May 1991. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  23. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
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  25. ^ "Snap! – Cult of Snap". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  26. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  27. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  28. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1990" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  29. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 of 1990" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 7 no. 51. 22 December 1990. p. 60. OCLC 29800226. Retrieved 15 January 2020 – via American Radio History.
  30. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
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