Sesame's Treet

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"Sesame's Treet"
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Single by Smart E's
from the album Sesame's Treet
Released 29 June 1992 (1992-06-29)
Format CD single, maxi single, vinyl
Genre Breakbeat hardcore
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Joe Raposo, Jon Stone, Bruce Hart
Smart E's singles chronology
"Loo's Control"
(1992)
"Sesame's Treet"
(1992)

"Sesame's Treet" is a 1992 remix of the Sesame Street theme song "Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?" by the English rave group Smart E's. The song reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart.[1][2] The title is a pun on "Sesame Street".

At the time of its creation, dance music was not played on major radio stations. London radio station Kiss FM soon became legal, but attained a lightly more commercial style. According to Luna-C of Smart E's, “It was good, because now our music was getting the recognition it deserved, but it was crap, because the money men forced it to be less than it was trying to be.”[3]

Kiss FM DJ Steve Jackson obtained the record and played it on the radio. Its popularity dramatically increased, and Smart E's was signed to Atlantic Records.

The Prodigy's "Charly" and Urban Hype's "A Trip to Trumpton" were two other rave tunes of that time, also sampling from children's programmes (collectively known as "Toytown Techno").[4]

Video[edit]

The video displayed an A-Z of the rave scene as follows (in the following order):

A is for 'Ardcore
B is for B.P.M.
C is 4 Chill Out
D is for Dance
F is for Flyerz
G is for Get Down
H is for Handz In The Air
I is for In The Mix
J is 4 Jack
K is for Kosmos
L is for Love (Summers Of)
M is 4 MC
N is for Nine-0-9
P is for Pumpin'
Q is for Q-Bass
R is for Rave
S is for Smart E's
T is for Techno
O is for Oops
U is for Ultra Violet
V is for Vinyl
W is for Warehouse
X is for X-press Yourself
Y is for Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
Z is for Zero Gravity

Notable is the absence of the letter E. Presumably, this implied Ecstasy, and its absence was either due to not wanting to promote drug use in a commercial music video, or it was deliberately left out to imply that whether or not a raver took Ecstasy was their personal choice.

Track listings[edit]

Suburban Base Records (UK) SUBBASE12CD and Possum Records (Australia) PDSCD510
  1. "Sesame's Treet" (Edit) – 3:33
  2. "Sesame's Treet (Krome & Time Remix)" – 5:22
  3. "Magnificent" – 4:36
  4. "Sesame's Treet (12" Version)" – 5:10
Pyrotech Records (USA) 10082-2
  1. "Sesame's Treet" (Edit) – 3:33
  2. "Sesame's Treet (12" Version)" – 5:10
  3. "Sesame's Treet (Krome & Time Remix)" – 5:22
  4. "Sesame's Treet (Beltram Mix)" – 5:04
  5. "Sesame's Treet (Hardcore Mix)" – 3:22
  6. "Magnificent" – 4:36
ZYX Records (Germany) ZYX 6813-8
  1. "Sesame's Treet" (Edit) – 3:33
  2. "Sesame's Treet (Krome & Time Remix)" – 5:22
  3. "Sesame's Treet (12" Version)" – 5:10
  4. "Magnificent" – 4:36

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 6
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 4
UK (CIN)[1] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 60

Year-end charts[edit]

Year-end chart (1992) Position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 74

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Official Charts > Smart E's". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  2. ^ David Roberts (Managing Editor) et al., Guinness World Records: British Hit Singles & Albums (Eighteenth Edition), 2005, ISBN 1-904994-00-8
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-09-10. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  4. ^ "Toytown Techno". Oxford Reference. Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  5. ^ "australian-charts.com > Smart E's – Sesame's Treet (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for Smart E's (from irishcharts.ie)". Imgur.com (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  7. ^ "charts.org.nz > Smart E's – Sesame's Treet (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  8. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Smart E's > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  9. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1992 (61–100) (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 152)". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2016-10-13. 

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