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 peaked at number five on the French Singles Chart. Outside France, "Flat Beat" topped the charts in Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.[2] The track is instrumental, and is one of only twenty-five instrumental singles to top the charts in the latter country.[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 (1999–2000) 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
28 March 1999 – 10 April 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 100.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat". Swiss Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Archive Chart: 1999-04-03" UK Singles Chart.

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