Kernkraft 400

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"Kernkraft 400"
ZombieNationKernkraft400.jpg
Single by Zombie Nation
from the album Leichenschmaus
Released15 March 1999[1]
Format12"[1]
GenreTechno, Electro
Length
  • 4:46 (original mix)
  • 6:09 (DJ Gius Remix)
  • 3:31 (DJ Gius Remix Edit)
LabelGigolo
Songwriter(s)
  • Emmanuel Guenther
  • Florian Senfter
  • David Whittaker
Producer(s)Zombie Nation

"Kernkraft 400" (English: Nuclear Energy 400) is a song performed by German techno artist Zombie Nation and the first single from their album Leichenschmaus. Released in 1999, it reached number 22 in Germany in February 2000. It also reached number 10 in Flemish Belgium and number five in the Netherlands. In September, the song debuted and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, remaining there for two weeks behind Mariah Carey and Westlife's version of "Against All Odds", and has since received a Gold certification from the British Phonographic Industry for sales of at least 400,000 copies. It also peaked at number two in Ireland.

The song is commonly used as a sports chant at sport stadiums (such as in American football, association football, basketball, and hockey) all over the world and was ranked number eight by Sports Illustrated in their list of "Top 10 Stadium Anthems".[2] The first Zombie Nation record contained the song "Kernkraft 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. "Star Dust" in turn has been said to borrow from "It Happened Then" by Electronic Ensemble.[3] Though permission for the sampling was not initially granted, Florian Senfter ("Splank!") paid an undisclosed sum to David Whittaker for the use of the melody.[4]

The song is sometimes misnamed as "Zombie Nation", as the artist's name can be heard in the, otherwise instrumental, track.

The original "Star Dust" melody was in C, whereas "Kernkraft 400" is in B (the Sports Stadium remix is in B flat).

Release[edit]

"Kernkraft 400" was released as a 12-inch single by Gigolo Records on 15 March 1999.[1] The single was released in the United Kingdom on 18 September 2000 by Data Records.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video of Kernkraft 400 starts out inside a nuclear power plant room where an infomercial host (Florian Senfter) dressed in '70s disco clothing comes out and later two models (Cindy and Mindy) come onto scene dancing. One model puts a plate of food into a trademarked Kernkraft 400™ microwave oven, which cooks the food much faster and hotter than the other model's conventional microwave oven. Mindy then gets into a standard tanning bed, while Cindy waits before getting into a Kernkraft 400™. Mindy reveals a sunburnt tan, while Cindy has a perfect sun tan which has even worked under her beachwear. Finally, the host sits on a couch in the studio, off camera, where he examines a standard vibrator and a Kernkraft 400™ version. As the camera pulls away, both women are seen running towards the host while the video production staff are seen wearing hazmat suits.

The video was produced and directed by Hendrik Hölzemann, Grischa Schmitz and Dominique Schuchman who at that time were studying film at the Filmacademy Ludwigsburg, under the name Panic Pictures.

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".[5]

In popular culture[edit]

"Kernkraft 400" first received US radio airplay on now defunct station Energy 92.7 & 5 in Chicago, Illinois in 2001. Due to its popularity with all ages on that station it was first introduced to sports fans at Chicago Rush arena football games. The song was not a featured song during player introductions but received regular play during timeouts and commercial breaks to assist in keeping the indoor American Football fans loud and aroused at the teams home field at Allstate Arena in suburban Rosemont, Il.

"Kernkraft 400" has been sampled by various artists, including rapper The Game in the single "Red Nation".[6] The song is used by the Boston Bruins who play it at home games after a goal is scored.[7] The Bruins have been using it for nearly 19 years since the song was originally released. It grew in popularity within the hockey community during the 2011, 2013, and 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Bruins had three deep runs. The Pittsburgh Steelers have played this song pre-game kickoff since before 2010. The Seattle Mariners also play the song after a big hit or during rallies at T-Mobile Park.[8][9] The Los Angeles Dodgers play the song after a home run.[10] Penn State football has been using "Kernkraft 400" since as early as 2005. During the break in the song, fans chant "We Are Penn State."[11] The song became 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.[12] As a result, the song was played before the return fixture at Cardiff City Stadium on 12 June 2015.[13] Supporters of Scottish Football team Celtic FC, chant the song during games against Rangers, in a reference to Rangers' death and rebirth during their financial difficulties in 2012.

The UCF Knights began using the song as their rallying anthem at least as early as 2007 with the opening of Spectrum Stadium.[14] When the song plays, UCF fans jump chanting "U-C-F Knights" during the breaks in the song. The song became controversial on campus as it became a cue for fans to start jumping, which when done in unison makes the stadium reverberate and bounce, earning it the nickname "The Bounce House". University officials originally wanted to stop playing the song all together for the longevity of the built stadium, but after safety inspections showed no structural damage, they instead settled on playing shorter clips of the song fewer times during a game.[15] Yasuaki Yamasaki who plays for Yokohama DeNA Baystars, Japan's Central League, uses "Kernkraft 400" as an intro song when he takes the mound with so-called fans' Yasuaki-Jump in Japan. It is also featured in the soundtrack of the 2012 video game NHL 13, which uses the "Stadium Chant Mix" version.[16]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Gold 400,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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