Party Animals (music group)

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Party Animals
Partyanimals2008.jpg
Party Animals in 2008
Background information
Origin Amsterdam, Netherlands
Genres Happy hardcore
Gabber
Years active 1995–2000, 2002-present
Labels Mokum Records, Lower East Side Records, Cloud 9 Dance

Party Animals are a pop-gabber group from Amsterdam, Netherlands. The band was created by producers Jeff "Abraxas" Porter and Jeroen Flamman, also known as Flamman & Abraxas, 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. 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".

The group reunited in 2002 after they were re-discovered at a student party in Delft. After Jeroen Flamman discovered how popular the Party Animals' singles still were, he decided to revive the group. As a result, "Life Was Short" was released in 2002 and "Xanadu" followed in 2003. The group's fourth studio album, Gang of 4, was released in 2004.

In 2014, their fifth studio album, Greatest Hits and Underground Anthems, was released, 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", "Aquarius", and "Xanadu") 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]

Members[edit]

Producers[edit]

  • Jeff "Abraxas" Porter (1995-present)
  • Jeroen Flamman (1995-present)
  • MC Remsy (1995-2000)

Animals[edit]

  • Evert van Buschbach (1995-1997)
  • David Adam (1995-1996)
  • Dennis Adam (MC Remsy) (1995-1997)(2002-2004)
  • Paul Grommé (1995-2000)
  • Patrick de Moor (1996-1998)
  • Robert (1996-2000)
  • Michael (1997-2000, 2002-2009)
  • Thijs Timmer (1998-2000)
  • Youri (2002-2009)
  • Jordi (2002-2010)
  • Kenney (2004-2010)
  • Martijn (2009-2014)
  • Kelvin (2010-2014)
  • Eb (2010-2012)
  • Corné (2009-2013)
  • Patrick (2012-present)
  • Kevin Koning (2013-present)
  • Wesley (2014-present)
  • Bruce (2015-present)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

Date Title Chart Comments
1995 "Have You Ever Been Mellow?" 1 (NL) Gold in NL [5]
1996 "Hava Naquila" 1 (NL) Gold in NL [5]
1996 "Aquarius" 1 (NL) Platinum in NL [5]
1996 "Buddha Shop" N/A  
1996 "Misadventures Of The Spiegel Man Pt. 2" N/A  
1997 "We Like to Party" 6 (NL)  
1997 "Atomic" 8 (NL)  
1997 "My Way" 19 (NL) Cover of Sid Vicious' version of Frank Sinatra's classic
1998 "Whatever!" 35 (NL)  
1998 "Hawaii 5-0" 24 (NL)  
1998 "The Show" 21 (NL)  
2002 "Life is Short" 91 (NL)  
2003 "Xanadu" 10 (NL)  
2004 "Total Confusion" 92 (NL)  
2005 "Wazzup" N/A  
2006 "Bad Boys/Animal Song" 58 (NL)  
2006 "PA Yeah!/How Do You Do?" 45 (NL)  
2008 "Electricity" 77 (NL)  
2009 "Do You Want To Hold Me" N/A  
2009 "Fight For Your Right (To Party)" N/A  
2012 "I Like Orange" N/A  
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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