Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)

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"Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)"
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Single by Scatman John
from the album Scatman's World
Released November 30, 1994
Format
Genre Eurodance Hip-Hop
Length 5:03
3:30 (radio edit)
Label RCA Records
Writer(s)
  • John Larkin
  • Antonio Nunzio Catania " Tony Catania " Catania Music Studios
Producer(s)
  • Antonio Nunzio Catania " Tony Catania " Catania Music Studios


Scatman John singles chronology
"Scatman
(Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)
"
(1994)
"Scatman's World"
(1995)
Music video
"Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)" on YouTube

"Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)" is a song by American Eurodance artist Scatman John. The song was released in November 1994 as the lead single from his second album Scatman's World. Sales were slow at first, but the song was picked up by many radio stations, and eventually became very successful internationally, reaching number one in many parts of Europe and charting in Australia, New Zealand and in Japan.

Counter to standard practice, Larkin performed the song live on Top of the Pops. It was also used in the popular Good Humor ice cream advertising campaign of 1995–96, sung as "I'm a Good Humor Man".

Content[edit]

The lyrics outline how Scatman John overcame his difficulties with stuttering.

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "Scatman" (Basic-Radio) – 3:30
  2. "Scatman" (Jazz-Level) – 3:41
  3. "Scatman" (Second-Level) – 5:40
  4. "Scatman" (Third-Level) – 5:46
  5. "Scatman" (Game-Over-Jazz) – 5:03
CD maxi 2
  1. "Scatman" (new radio edit) – 3:21
  2. "Scatman" (Pech Remix) – 4:55
    • Remixed by Pech
  3. "Scatman" (Arena di Verona Mix) – 6:04
  4. "Scatman" (extended radio version) – 5:11

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Here Comes the Hotstepper" by Ini Kamoze
Danish Singles Chart number-one single
March 4, 1995 – April 1, 1995 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Sarajevo's børn - Gi dem et håb" by Various
Preceded by
"Old Pop in an Oak" by Rednex
"Think Twice" by Céline Dion
Norwegian VG-Lista number-one single
9/1995 (1 week)
12/1995 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Think Twice" by Céline Dion
Preceded by
"Old Pop in an Oak" by Rednex
Austrian number-one single
April 9, 1995 – May 14, 1995 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Shut Up (and Sleep with Me)" by Sin with Sebastian
Preceded by
"Here Comes the Hotstepper" by Ini Kamoze
"Back for Good" by Take That
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
April 15, 1995 (1 week)
May 27, 1995 – June 17, 1995 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Back for Good" by Take That
"Scream/Childhood" by Michael and Janet Jackson
Preceded by
"Conquest of Paradise" by Vangelis
Swiss number-one single
April 30, 1995 – June 25, 1995 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" by Bryan Adams
Preceded by
"Respect" by Alliance Ethnik
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
May 6, 1995 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Pour que tu m'aimes encore" by Céline Dion
Preceded by
"Key to My Life" by Boyzone
Irish IRMA number-one single
May 20, 1995 – May 27, 1995 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" by U2
Preceded by
"Think Twice" by Céline Dion
Belgian (Flanders) number-one single
May 20, 1995 – May 27, 1995 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Think Twice" by Céline Dion
Preceded by
"Pour que tu m'aimes encore" by Céline Dion
French SNEP number one single
July 1, 1995 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Pour que tu m'aimes encore" by Céline Dion
Preceded by
"Be My Lover" by La Bouche
Canadian RPM Dance chart number-one single
August 28, 1995 – September 18, 1995 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Fat Boy" by Max-A-Million

In other media[edit]

Soundtrack was featured as background for some of the scenes in the 1997 film Nothing to Lose.[25] It was also featured in the 1998 film BASEketball.[26]

The American Dad! episode "Fathers Daze" featured the song quite prominently.

The music video appeared in the Beavis and Butt-head episode No Service.

The song was featured in Season 2 Episode 4 of Master of None.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 6, 2008)
  2. ^ RPM: issue date November 6, 1995
  3. ^ RPM: issue date September 4, 1995
  4. ^ Billboard 25 March 1995. Billboard. 1995-03-25. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  5. ^ Finnish peak
  6. ^ "Scatman John singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  8. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1995" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Billboard: Hits of the World, May 13, 1995
  10. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  11. ^ a b c d e Billboard AllMusic (Retrieved July 24, 2008)
  12. ^ 1995 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved July 24, 2008)
  13. ^ 1995 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at Archived 2010-09-24 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved July 24, 2008)
  14. ^ 1995 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved July 24, 2008)
  15. ^ 1995 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved July 24, 2008)
  16. ^ Canada Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1995
  17. ^ 1995 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com Archived 2009-02-14 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
  18. ^ 1995 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived 2012-03-23 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved July 24, 2008)
  19. ^ 1995 Swedish Singles Chart
  20. ^ Austrian certifications ifpi.at Archived 2010-02-01 at WebCite (Retrieved July 24, 2008)
  21. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com Archived 2012-01-11 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved July 24, 2008)
  22. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Scatman')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved July 19, 2008. 
  23. ^ Norwegian certifications Ifpi.no Archived 2007-06-13 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved July 10, 2008)
  24. ^ Swiss certifications Swisscharts.com (Retrieved July 24, 2008)
  25. ^ "Nothing to Lose (1997)- Soundtracks - Internet Movie Database". 
  26. ^ "BASEketball (1998) - Soundtracks - Internet Movie Database".