Pump Up the Jam

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"Pump Up the Jam"
TechnotronicPumpUpTheJam7InchSingleCover.jpg
Single by Technotronic
from the album Pump Up the Jam: The Album
Released1989
Genre
Length5:20
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Thomas De Quincey
Technotronic singles chronology
"Pump Up the Jam"
(1989)
"Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)"
(1990)
Music video
"Pump Up the Jam" on YouTube

"Pump Up the Jam" is the opening track on Belgian act Technotronic's album Pump Up the Jam: The Album. Released as a single, it was a worldwide hit, reaching number two in the United Kingdom in 1989 and in the American Billboard Hot 100 in early 1990. The song was later certified triple platinum. It also peaked at number 1 in Belgium, Iceland, Portugal and Spain.

"Pump Up the Jam" has been described as a fusion of hip hop and deep house elements,[4] as an early example of the hip house genre,[2] and it has been named as the first house song to become a hit in the U.S.[1]

Technotronic's vocalist Ya Kid K was initially overshadowed by Congolese model Felly Kilingi, who appears lip-syncing in the music video and was featured on the first album cover as a marketing tactic.[5] Ya Kid K was ultimately recognized upon a U.S. tour and a repackaged album cover that featured her instead of Felly.[4] In 2005, the song was remixed by DJ-producer D.O.N.S. and reached number one on the British Dance Chart. The Guardian featured the song on their A history of modern music: Dance in 2011.[6]

Track listings[edit]

Multiple versions and re-releases were produced for the "Pump Up the Jam" singles.

Accolades[edit]

In 2004, Stylus Magazine writer Nick Southall named the song "Belgium's finest club banger".[7]

Year Publisher Country Accolade Rank
1989 The Face United Kingdom "Recordings of the Year" (Singles)[8] 30 (40)
1995 Life United States "The Best Recordings of the 90's"[9] *
2005 Bruce Pollock United States "The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000"[10] *
2011 The Guardian United Kingdom "A history of modern music: Dance"[6] *
2017 BuzzFeed United States "The 101 Greatest Dance Songs of the '90s"[11] 21
2018 Time Out United Kingdom "The 100 Best Party Songs"[12] 32

(*) indicates the list is unordered.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy version[edit]

"Pump Up the Jam"
M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy Pump Up The Jam.jpeg
Single by M.C. Sar & the Real McCoy
from the album On the Move!
Released1989
Length5:58
LabelGalaxis
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Juergen Wind, Quickmix
M.C. Sar & the Real McCoy singles chronology
"Pump Up the Jam"
(1989)
"It's on You"
(1990)

"(If You're Not in it for Love) I'm Outta Here"
(1997)

"Pump Up The Jam - Rap '98"
(1998)

"It's on You '99"
(1999)

In 1989, ZYX records released a cover version of "Pump Up The Jam" by M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy. The single reached number 16 in Germany[63] and number 100 on the Dutch Single Top 100.[64]

Track listings[edit]

1989 CD Maxi Single[65]
  1. "Pump Up The Jam " (Original Rap Version) – 5:58
  2. "Pump Up The Jam " (Jam-Jam Quick House Version) – 5:43
  3. "Pump Up The Jam " (Acapella) — 1:46
  1. "Pump Up The Jam" (Freshbeats and Pieces) – 1:06
  2. "Get Funky" – 4:02
1989 7" Single
  1. "Pump Up The Jam" (Original Rap Version – Edit) – 3:51
  2. "Get Funky" – 4:02
Pump Up The Jam - Rap '98[66]
  1. "Pump Up The Jam - Rap '98" (radio mix) – 3:20
  2. "Pump Up The Jam - Rap '98" (extended mix) – 4:29
  3. "Pump Up The Jam - Rap '98" (derezon remix) – 3:48
  4. "Pump Up The Jam - Rap '98" (beats and pieces) – 1:31
  5. "Pump Up The Jam - Rap '98" (original US remix '98) – 6:13
  6. "Da Dome" (3:54)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989–1990) Peak
position
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[64] 100
West Germany (Official German Charts)[63] 16

Other cover versions[edit]

In 1990, it was parodied with virtually identical music as the German-language Pump ab das Bier ("Pump away the beer!" urging a fellow patron to drink up) by Werner Wichtig, stage name for Raimund Thielcke, who actually had brewer training. Kids Incorporated sang this song on the show's 7th season. In 1992, "Weird Al" Yankovic made a short polka version, which appeared in his medley "Polka Your Eyes Out."[67] The vocal was sampled in the song "Da Pump" by da Tekno Warriors in 1998.[68] It was remixed by Crazy Frog on the 2005 album Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits.[69] Dutch techno-trance DJ Sander van Doorn remixed this track in 2006. Quebec acoustic cover band The Lost Fingers recorded a cover of the song on its 2008 album Lost In The 80s.[70] Icelandic band FM Belfast made a slow electronica cover of "Pump Up the Jam."[71] In 2009 the song was interpolated by rapper Pitbull in the song "B-Day Suit". Colombian group Bomba Estéreo released a bilingual cover of the song in 2011, re-titled "Ponte Bomb."[72] The song was covered in 2013 by DJ team Bodybangers.

See also[edit]

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