Party Animals (music group)

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Party Animals
Origin Amsterdam, Netherlands
Genres Happy hardcore
Gabber
Years active 1995–present
Labels Mokum

Party Animals were a pop-gabber group from the Netherlands. The band was created by producers Jeff Porter and Jeroen Flamman, along with vocalists MCs Remsy, Evert van Buschbach, Patrick de Moor, Dennis Adam, and Paul Grommé. They became the first act in the Netherlands to have their first three singles go straight to number one.[1]

The Party Animals made their introduction on the video for the single "I Wanna Be a Hippy" by Technohead. The clip featured three gabbers and a hippie. The producers Flamman & Abraxas discovered the four [2] and saw a potential for opening the mainly underground scene of gabber by making the sound more pop-oriented and thus introducing the new genre to a mainstream audience.

The first single was "Have You Ever Been Mellow" which samples Olivia Newton-John's "Have You Never Been Mellow" The lyrics still contain parts of the original song with "Never" replaced by "Ever". Released in September 1995, it took three months before becoming a number 1 hit.[2]

The group disbanded in 2000 after considerable success in the Netherlands and a hit in Hong Kong with "Atomic".

They reformed in 2002 but disbanded again in 2005, because they were unable to revive their earlier success. They then reformed again in 2014, releasing Greatest Hits and Underground Anthems, which contained a new track titled "This Moment".

On 7 February 2016, Flamman & Abraxas posted several pictures of Suzanna Manger (the vocalist on "Have You Ever Been Mellow" and "Aquarius") on Facebook of her in the studio with the duo with the caption "Let's see if we can turn them into a new 2016 Party Animals track!"[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Date Title Dutch album chart [4] Certification
1996 Good Vibrations 3 Gold [5]
1997 Party@worldaccess.nl -  
1998 Hosanna Superstar -  
2004 Gang of 4 50  
2014 Greatest Hits & Underground Anthems 98  

Singles[edit]

Date Title Chart Comments
December 1995 "Have You Ever Been Mellow?" 1 (NL) Gold in NL [5]
April 1996 "Hava Naquila" 1 (NL) Gold in NL [5]
July 1996 "Aquarius" 1 (NL) Platinum in NL [5]
February 1997 "We Like to Party" 6 (NL)  
May 1997 "Atomic" 8 (NL)  
September 1997 "My Way" 19 (NL) Cover of Sid Vicious' version of Frank Sinatra's classic
February 1998 "Whatever!" 35 (NL)  
May 1998 "Hawaii 5-0" 24 (NL)  
October 2014 "This Moment" N/A Cover of "1994" by Bunny Lake

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, 500 Nr. 1 Hits uit de Top 40, page 330, 9023009444 (Book in Dutch)
  2. ^ a b Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, 500 Nr. 1 Hits uit de Top 40, page 325, 9023009444 (Book in Dutch)
  3. ^ Facebook.com. Accessed March 23, 2016
  4. ^ PopInstituut.nl Discography Party Animals. Accessed November 26, 2006
  5. ^ a b c d NVPI.nl Dutch certification database Accessed November 4, 2006

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