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
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] Billboard described it as a "African-infused house jam".[2] Music & Media wrote that Turbo B "raps like he's shouting orders over a monotone techno beat, spiced up with oriental and African samples."[3] Newcastle Evening Chronicle picked the song as one of the best songs of the album.[4]

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 8 in its second week at the UK Singles Chart, on September 23, 1990.[5] Outside Europe, "Cult of Snap" went to number 2 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.[6] Kan also directed the music video for the group's previous single, "Ooops Up". The music video of "Cult of Snap" was uploaded to YouTube in February 2016.

Track listings[edit]

  • 7" single (Logic 113 596)
  1. "Cult of Snap" (World Power Radio Mix) — 3:59
  2. "Blasé Blasé" — 4:32
  • CD maxi (Logic 663 596 )
  1. "Cult of Snap" (World Power Mix)— 6:30
  2. "Cult of Snap" (Album Version)— 5:18
  3. "Cult of Snap" (World Power Radio Mix) — 3:59
  4. "Cult of Snap" (E-Version)— 5:54
  • German Remix CD (Logic 663 639)
  1. "Cult of Snap" (The Modno 2000 Mix) — 5:25
  2. "Cult of Snap" (The Virtual Dub Mix) — 4:39
  3. "Cult of Snap" (The Elektra Mix) — 5:25

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

List of number-one singles of 1990 (Spain)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. ^ "Previews: Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 6 October 1990. p. 18. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  4. ^ "SNAP: WORLD POWER". Newcastle Evening Chronicle. 12 June 1990. page 14. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 23 September 1990 - 29 September 1990". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  6. ^ "snap - cult of snap ( viva tv )". YouTube. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Snap! – Cult of Snap". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Snap! – Cult of Snap" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Snap! – Cult of Snap" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Snap! – Cult of Snap". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Top 10 Greece" (PDF). Music & Media. December 22, 1990. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  13. ^ a b "I singoli più venduti del 1990" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Snap!" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Snap! – Cult Of Snap" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  16. ^ "Charts.nz – Snap! – Cult of Snap". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Snap! – Cult of Snap". VG-lista. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Top 10 Portugal" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  19. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Snap! – Cult of Snap". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Snap! – Cult of Snap". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  22. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  23. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  24. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1990" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  25. ^ "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.
  26. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  27. ^ "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 1990". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  28. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1990" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2015.