Nessaja

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"Nessaja"
Nessaja.jpg
Single by Scooter
from the album Encore: Live and Direct
B-side "Shortbread"
Released 8 April 2002 (Germany)
9 September 2002 (UK)
Length 3:30
Writer(s) Peter Maffay, Rolf Zuckowski, H.P. Baxxter, Rick J. Jordan, Jay Frog, Jens Thele
Producer(s) Scooter
Scooter singles chronology
"Ramp! (The Logical Song)"
(2001)
"Nessaja"
(2002)
"Weekend!"
(2003)

"Nessaja" is a song written by Peter Maffay and Rolf Zuckowski from the musical Tabaluga released in 1983 on the album Tabaluga oder die Reise zur Vernunft. The German band Scooter released a techno version as single on 8 April 2002.[1] It features as a bonus track on the group's first live album Encore: Live and Direct, and was the first Scooter single to feature newest member at that time Jay Frog. "Nessaja" is one of Scooter's best-known singles, reaching number one in Germany and number four in the UK.

Music video[edit]

The music video for Nessaja opens with a limousine pulling up outside a large white mansion. Women in dresses and men in suits get out of the car and go inside the house. There are lots of people waiting for a 'show' to start behind a red curtain. When the music starts, H.P. Baxxter comes out from behind the curtain and starts rapping. The people start dancing and then there are some shots of women dressed in underwear and rabbit ears in the same room (although it is empty). The video comes back to Scooter for a while, then cuts back to the two women, who are now topless. The women are later seen in bathtubs, again naked. The rest of the video shows H.P. Baxxter rapping and people dancing and partying. At the end of the video there is confetti on the floor and everyone is asleep (apart from Scooter), Scooter then leave in a limousine.

Track listing[edit]

CD Single[1]
  1. "Nessaja" [Radio Edit] (3:28)
  2. "Nessaja" [Extended] (5:18)
  3. "Nessaja" [The Ultimate Clubmix] (7:09)
  4. "Shortbread" (3:55)
12" Single[2]
  1. "Nessaja" [Extended] (5:18)
  2. "Nessaja" [Ultimate Club Mix] (7:09)
  3. "Nessaja" [Topmodelz Mix] (5:40)
UK CD Single[3]
  1. "Nessaja" [Radio Edit] (3:28)
  2. "Nessaja" [Clubstar UK Remix] (7:28)
  3. "Nessaja" [Flip & Fill Remix] (6:16)
  • "Nessaja" Video - UK Edit (3:26)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002-2003) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 24
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 16
Denmark (Tracklisten)[7] 5
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 7
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 1
Hungary (Single Top 40)[10] 10
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 21
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 9
Norway (VG-lista)[14] 2
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[15] 2
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[16] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 21
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 4

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Germany [20] Gold 2002 250,000 +
Norway [21] Gold 2003 15,000 +

Samples[edit]

"Nessaja" samples the melody from Peter Maffay's song "Nessaja"[22] taken from his 1983 children's rock album, Tabaluga, as well as an interpretation of "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty. The vocals are written by Scooter. There is also a tune used from KLF's Last Train to Trancentral.[23]

In popular culture[edit]

Scooter's version of "Nessaja" featured in the opening credits of the 2009 film Brüno.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nessaja: Scooter Amazon.de
  2. ^ Scooter - Nessaja (12") Discogs.com
  3. ^ Nessaja: Scooter Amazon.co.uk
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Scooter – Nessaja". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Scooter – Nessaja" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Scooter – Nessaja" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  7. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Scooter – Nessaja". Tracklisten. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  8. ^ "Scooter: Nessaja" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  9. ^ "Musicline.de – Scooter Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  10. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  11. ^ "Chart Track: Week 40, 2002". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Scooter search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Scooter – Nessaja" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Scooter – Nessaja". VG-lista. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  15. ^ "Romanian Top 100 - arhiva". Archived from the original on 25 December 2004. 
  16. ^ "Archive Chart: 2002-09-15". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  17. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Scooter – Nessaja". Singles Top 100. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Scooter – Nessaja". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2002-09-21" UK Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Nessaja')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  21. ^ "Norwegian certifications – Nessaja" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 
  22. ^ Scooter's Nessaja sample of Peter Maffay's Nessaja WhoSampled.com
  23. ^ Sample from KLF's track WhosSampled.com
  24. ^ Brüno (2009) - Soundtracks IMDB.com

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