Flat Beat

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"Flat Beat"
Single by Mr. Oizo
from the album Analog Worms Attack
B-side
  • "Monday Massacre"
  • "Sick Dog Try to Speak"
Released 22 March 1999
Format
Recorded 1998
Genre Electro house
Length 5:17
Label F Communications
Writer(s) Mr. Oizo
Producer(s) Mr. Oizo
Certification Platinum (BPI)[1]
Mr. Oizo singles chronology
"M-Seq"
(1997)
"Flat Beat"
(1999)
"Last Night a DJ Killed a Dog"
(2000)

"Flat Beat" is a piece by French house musician Mr. Oizo. It was featured as a bonus track on his debut album Analog Worms Attack. An accompanying music video was released on VHS. The music video features Flat Eric, a puppet, head banging to the track. Widely publicized by Flat Eric's appearance in many commercials for Levi's and the popularity of the music video, the track reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in April 1999.[2] The track is instrumental and is one of twenty-five instrumental UK number-one singles.[3] It is also considered one of the earliest instances of electro house.[4]

In 2005, Stylus Magazine included the track's bassline at number 13 in their list of the "Top 50 Basslines of All Time".[5]

Track listing[edit]

International CD and Maxi[edit]

  1. "Flat Beat" (5:25)
  2. "Monday Massacre" (3:36)
  3. "Sick Dog Try to Speak" (3:36)
  4. "Flat Beat" (Radio Edit) (4:00)

Italian 12"[edit]

  • A1. "Flat Beat" (Original Track)
  • A2. "Flat Beat" (MPJ Remix)
  • B1. "Eric's Mood" (Rush Team Mix)
  • B2. "One Crease" (MO-Dus Version)

French 12"[edit]

  • A. "Flat Beat" (5:25)
  • B1. "Monday Massacre" (3:36)
  • B2. "Sick Dog Try to Speak" (3:36)

UK CD[edit]

  1. "Flat Beat" (Radio Edit) (4:00)
  2. "Flat Beat" (5:24)
  3. "Monday Massacre" (3:36)

Cassette (UK Only)[edit]

  • A1. "Flat Beat" (Radio Edit) (4:00)
  • A2. "Flat Beat" (5:25)
  • B1. "Flat Beat" (Radio Edit) (4:00)
  • B2. "Flat Beat" (5:25)

VHS[edit]

  • 1. "Flat Beat" (3:06)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999-00) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[8] 2
Denmark (Tracklisten)[9] 3
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[10] 1
France (SNEP)[11] 5
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 1
Ireland (IRMA) 2
Italy (FIMI)[13] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 12
Norway (VG-lista)[16] 2
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[17] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[18] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[21] 1
Preceded by
"Blame It on the Weatherman" by B*Witched
UK Singles Chart number-one single
March 28, 1999 – April 10, 1999
Succeeded by
"Perfect Moment" by Martine McCutcheon

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 632. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Siegler, Dylan (April 2000). "Mr. Oizo". CMJ New Music (College Music Journal) (80): 39. ISSN 1074-6978. 
  4. ^ "Flat Beat". Beatport. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.stylusmagazine.com/articles/weekly_article/stylus-magazines-top-50-basslines-of-all-time.htm
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ Danish peak. Books.google.ca. 1999-06-19. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  10. ^ "Mr. Oizo: Flat Beat" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat" (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat". GfK Entertainment.
  13. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Top Annuali Single: 1999". Hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Mr. Oizo search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat". Top 40 Singles.
  16. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat". VG-lista.
  17. ^ "Archive Chart: 1999-03-28". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  18. ^ Billboard: Hits of the World, May 22, 1999. Books.google.ca. 1999-05-22. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat". Singles Top 60.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat". Swiss Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Archive Chart: 1999-04-03" UK Singles Chart.

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