Sam and the Womp

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Sam and the Womp
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Electronic
Years active 2009 (2009)–present
Labels Stiff
Website samandthewomp.com
Members Bloem de Ligny
Sam Ritchie
Past members Aaron Audio

Sam and the Womp are a British pop group fronted by trumpeter Sam Ritchie and Dutch-born singer/songwriter Bloem de Wilde de Ligny a.k.a. 'Bloom' (prev. lady Oo). The band's music mixes traditional elements of Balkan music and ska with modern electronic and dance elements.[1] From their formation in 2009 to 2014, the band also included producer Aaron "Audio" Horn, the son of musician and producer Trevor Horn.

The group’s debut single "Bom Bom" was released as a digital download on 19 August 2012 and went to the number one spot in the UK Singles Chart.[2][3] and has sold over a million copies worldwide. In 2012, they signed to Stiff Records and licensed to One More Tune (Warner Music). In February 2014 Aaron Horn left the group, leaving Sam and Bloom to form Womp Records Ltd. in 2015.

Music career[edit]

Formation[edit]

Sam and the Womp was formed in September 2009 when Sam Ritchie's band Qdos which included Bloem de Wilde de Ligny joined forces with Horn.

2012–present: Debut single[edit]

Initially signed to Stiff Records, Sam and the Womp released "Bom Bom" under a licensing deal with One More Tune on 20 August 2012. The track gained further momentum after being used to soundtrack an international TV advertising campaign for Southern Comfort. Les Mills uses it for their biceps workout track in Body Pump.[4] The song is also featured in the game Forza Horizon, The game The Sims 3: Island Paradise, on the Channel 4 TV show Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, and in an episode of the CBS TV program Elementary. Kmart Australia also featured the song in their 2013 series of TV commercials.[5] The song has also been used in a series of Canadian TV commercials for the Joe Fresh line of clothing. The track went to number one in the UK Official Singles Chart in its first week of release.[6]

"Bom Bom" was produced by music producer and film composer Raz Olsher at Fossil Studios in Hackney, London; it was co-produced by Horn and Ritchie. The song is credited to Horn, Ritchie, de Ligny and Olsher.[7]

Personnel[edit]

  • Sam Ritchie – trumpet (b. 28 May 1982)
  • Bloem de Wilde de Ligny – vocals (b. 7 July 1978)

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[8]
AUS
[9]
FIN
[10]
IRE
[11]
NL
[12]
SCO
[13]
2012 "Bom Bom" 1 4 14 6 44 1 N/A
2013 "Ravo"
2015 "Zeppelin"
2016 "Fireflies"[15]
2016 "East Meets West"[16]
2017 "Gypsy In The Snow"
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sam and the Womp". Tumblr. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Kreisler, Lauren (26 August 2012). "Sam and the Womp score massive-selling debut Number 1". Official Charts Company. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Campaign of the week: Zando goes Bom Bom". The Media Online. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Les Mills". 
  5. ^ "Irresistible Prices". Kmart Australia on YouTube. 
  6. ^ "Sam & The Womp". Ticketline. 
  7. ^ "BMI Repertoire 'Bom Bom'". 
  8. ^ "Sam and the Womp > UK Charts". Official Charts Company. 
  9. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Sam and the Womp". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  10. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Sam and the Womp". Finnish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Sam and the Womp". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  12. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Sam and the Womp". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  13. ^ Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  14. ^ "ARIA Chart > Chart Accreditations > 2013 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  15. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/fireflies-single/id1112349107
  16. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/east-meets-west-single/id1150095800