Kernkraft 400

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"Kernkraft 400"
Single by Zombie Nation
from the album Leichenschmaus
Released 15 March 1999[1]
Format 12"[1]
Recorded 1999
Label Gigolo Records
Writer(s) Florian Senfter (Splank!)
Emmanuel Guenther (Mooner)
David Whittaker (original "Star Dust" track)

"Kernkraft 400" is a song performed by German electronic artist Zombie Nation and the first single from their album Leichenschmaus. The first Zombie Nation record contained the song "Kernkraft 400", German for "Nuclear Energy 400", which is a remix of the soundtrack of the 1984 Commodore 64 game Lazy Jones by David Whittaker called "Star Dust" which was made with the SID chip. Florian Senfter ("Splank!") paid an undisclosed sum to David Whittaker for the use of the melody.[2]

Release[edit]

"Star Dust", from the Commodore 64 game Lazy Jones.

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"Kernkraft 400" was released as a 12-inch single on Gigolo Records on March 15, 1999.[1] The single was released in the United Kingdom on September 18, 2000 on Data Records.[3]

Reception[edit]

Select gave the single a review noting its widespread popularity stating that it was "as welcome in Pacha as in the Munich underpass, Tongo and Coxo like this Teutonic techno," as well as noting it was "Not bad for a couple of DJs called Splank and Mooner".[3]

Use in popular culture[edit]

"Kernkraft 400" has been sampled by various artists, including rapper The Game in the single "Red Nation",[4] It is featured in the soundtrack of the 2012 video game NHL 13, which uses the "Stadium Chant Mix" version.[5] The Seattle Mariners also play the song after a big hit or during rallies at Safeco Field.[6][7] The Los Angeles Dodgers play the song after a home run.[8]

Kernkraft 400 has become a semi-official anthem for Welsh football fans during their country's qualification campaign for UEFA Euro 2016. This stems from an incident after their 0-0 draw with Belgium at Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels, in which the travelling Welsh fans danced enthusiastically to the song being played over the stadium's public address system.[9] As a result, the song would be played before the return fixture at Cardiff City Stadium on 12 June 2015,[10] in which Wales beat Belgium 1-0.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Kernkraft 400" (DJ Gius Video Cut) - 3:31
  2. "Kernkraft 400" (Dave Clarke Remix) - 5:42
  3. "Kernkraft 400" (DJ Gius Remix) - 6:09
  4. "Kernkraft 400" (Original Mix) - 4:46
  5. "Kernkraft 400" (Miss Kittin & The Hacker Remix) - 5:17
  6. "Kernkraft 400" (Live In Berlin) - 5:34

Official versions[edit]

  • "Kernkraft 400" (Original Mix) - 4:46
  • "Kernkraft 400" (Dave Clarke Remix) - 5:42
  • "Kernkraft 400" (DJ Gius Remix) - 6:09
  • "Kernkraft 400" (DJ Gius Video Cut) - 3:31
  • "Kernkraft 400" (Live In Berlin) - 5:34
  • "Kernkraft 400" (Miss Kittin & The Hacker Remix) - 5:17
  • "Kernkraft 400" (Sport Chant Stadium Remix) - 5:31

Unofficial versions[edit]

  • "Kernkraft 400" (Chris Schweizer Bootleg)
  • "Kernkraft 400" (Keon Akoum 4AM Mix)
  • "Boston, GET UP! - Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Champs Anthem" (Flem Remix)
  • "Kernkraft 400" (Technoboy Bootleg)
  • "Kernkraft 400" (W&W Remix)*
  • "Kernkraft 400" (Shadowraver Remix)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 10
Canadian RPM Dance Chart[12] 1
France (SNEP)[13] 100
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 5
UK Singles Chart[15] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 99

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Kernkraft 400 [Germany 12"]". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. 
  2. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2001-06-30. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  3. ^ a b "tracks of the month reviews". Select (EMAP Metro): 99. October 2000. ISSN 0959-8367. 
  4. ^ "Game f. Lil Wayne - Red Nation [Prod. Cool & Dre] | New Hip Hop Music & All The New Rap Songs 2011". HipHop DX. 2011-03-17. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  5. ^ "NHL 13 Soundtrack Replicates Authentic In-Arena Hockey Experience". EA Sports. 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  6. ^ "Seattle Mariners Ballpark Music | Mariners.com: Fan Forum". Seattle.Mariners.MLB.com. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Pentis, Andrew (2 August 2012). "Stadium Songs: Seattle Mariners". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  8. ^ http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/fan_forum/ballpark_music.jsp?c_id=la
  9. ^ Rogers, Gareth (18 November 2014). "Watch Wales fans enjoy the best two minutes of their Belgium trip as they dance to Zombie Nation". Wales Online. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Rogers, Gareth (12 June 2015). "Wales v Belgium Zombie Nation: Watch the amazing moment Welsh and Belgian fans rave to Kernkraft 400". Wales Online. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  12. ^ "RPM: issue date September 18, 2000". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl - Zombie Nation - Kernkraft 400" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  15. ^ "2000-09-30 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". Official Charts. 2000-09-30. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  16. ^ "Kernkraft 400 Zombie Nation Now, Vol. 47 [UK]". September 9, 2000. Retrieved 8 September 2012.