Din Daa Daa

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"Din Daa Daa"
George Kranz - Din Daa Daa.jpg
Single by George Kranz
from the album My Rhythm
Released 1983
Genre Dance
Length
  • 4:06 (original version)[1]
  • 3:23 (radio edit)[2]
  • 6:21 (US mix)[2]
Label
  • Pool
  • Personal
Writer(s) George Kranz
Producer(s)
Music video
Version 1 on YouTube
Version 2 on YouTube
Alternative cover
2001 remix

"Din Daa Daa" (also released as "Trommeltanz (Din Daa Daa)"[3] or as "Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz)",[4][5] from German Trommel + Tanz, "drums dance") is a song written and performed by Berliner musician George Kranz, released as a single in 1983. His only international success, "Din Daa Daa" became a club hit which peaked at number one for two weeks on the US Dance chart. It also charted in several European countries.

The song title loop, the echo between Kranz's onomatopoeia and his drum solos and the synth sounds which can be heard afterwards are the main characteristics of this song.

Regarded as a dance classic and as a precursor of human beatboxing, artists still refer to this song today. The song has been sampled, covered or remixed by many artists, including M|A|R|R|S, Kevin Aviance, Pulsedriver and Flo Rida.

Background[edit]

From 1980 to 1983, George Kranz was a drummer in the NDW Berliner band Zeitgeist, founded at the end of the year 1980, which emerged from another band called Firma 33. In 1983, Zeitgest disbanded and Kranz began a solo career.[6][7]

Developed from a drum solo, "Din Daa Daa" was produced by Tangerine Dream's Christopher Franke and co-produced by Kranz.[8][9]

Composition and description[edit]

"Din Daa Daa" is probably best remembered for its characteristic, repetitive "Din Daa Daa" lyrics.[10] While these lyrics are looped up throughout the song and while he is playing a heavy backbeat, Kranz sings busier and busier drum figures — which sound like "Rat-ta-ta-ta-toom!"[11] — he then duplicates identically on his drum kit.[11][12] The track later explodes with a strident synth chord.[11] The song's tempo is 122 bpm and its original title, Trommeltanz, means "drum dance" in German.[6][13]

Its peculiarity is often highlighted; the song has actually been described by The Police's Stewart Copeland as "a dialogue between a chimpanzee and a drummer"[12] while The Guardian's presentation of the song points out that Kranz has a "serious case of onomatopoeia".[11]

Chart performance[edit]

"Din Daa Daa" saw most of its success in Europe, where it charted in several countries. The single peaked at number 25 in Belgium and at number 45 in France, where it spent three weeks on both national charts. It also peaked at number 88 in UK at the end of the year 1983. In Kranz's native Germany, the track peaked at number 28 and spent 12 weeks on the charts, from February to May 1984.

In the United States, the single became a club smash, spending two weeks at number one on the Dance Club Play chart on January 1984, before being knocked off by Laid Back's "White Horse".[14] It also charted on the Black Singles chart, peaking at number 61, and on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, peaking at number 10. It also became a club hit in France, peaking at number 3 on the clubs chart.

Remixes[edit]

Following its initial release, "Din Daa Daa" has been remixed several times and new versions of the song were released in 1991, 1996 and 2001.

  • A first remix of the song, called "Din Daa Daa '91",[5][15] was released as a single on 7 June 1991.[16] This version peaked at number eight on the Dance chart and at number 33 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. It features vocals by Doug Lazy.[15]
  • On 10 June 1996, other remixes were released on the same CD single.[5][17]
  • In 2001, Pulsedriver remixed the song under the name "Pulsedriver vs. George Kranz – Din Daa Daa". This remix charted in Austria and in Germany, peaking at number 42 in both countries.

Weekly charts[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Rank
US Top Dance Singles/Albums[25] 5

Track listing[edit]

  • 7" Single (Pool 6.14033) (1983)
  1. "Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz) (US Mix)" – 3:29
  2. "Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz) (Dub Version)" – 3:11
  • 7" Single (Ariola 105 993) (1983)[9]
  1. "Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz)" – 3:00
  2. "Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz) (Dub Version)" – 3:08
  • 12" Single (Pool 6.20268 AE) (1983)[9]
  1. "Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz)" – 4:11
  2. "Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz) (Dub Version)" – 3:08
  3. "Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz) (US Mix)" – 6:20
  • Maxi-Single (Zeitgeist 587 348-2) (2001)[26]
  1. "Din Daa Daa (Single Version)" – 3:48
  2. "Din Daa Daa (Club Edit)" – 3:47
  3. "Din Daa Daa (Original 2001 Version)" – 3:46
  4. "Din Daa Daa (Extended Mix)" – 7:54
  5. "Din Daa Daa (Club Mix)" – 7:04
  6. "Din Daa Daa (Jam X & De Leon Remix)" – 6:46
  7. "Din Daa Daa (Potatoheads Remix)" – 7:27
  8. "Din Daa Daa (Dub Mix)" – 6:54

Influence[edit]

Despite its peculiarity, the track remains a dance classic[6] and a European single which has extended the artistic boundaries of modern dance music, along with "Beat Box" by the Art of Noise.[12] Also regarded as a precursor of human beatboxing, breakdancers and hip hop artists from all over the world still refers to "Din Daa Daa" and to Kranz vocals today.[27]

Samples and interpolations[edit]

"Din Daa Daa" has been sampled in several songs since its release, including M|A|R|R|S' "Pump Up the Volume" (1987),[28] Nicolette's "Single Minded People" (1990),[29] and Ying Yang Twins and Pitbull's "Shake" (2005).[30] In 2010, Flo Rida used elements of "Din Daa Daa" in his song "Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)".[31]

Cover versions and other uses[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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