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Technotronic was a Belgian electronic music project formed in 1987 by Jo Bogaert, best known for the 1989 single "Pump Up the Jam", which features vocals by Ya Kid K. The song peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The single and was followed by the album of the same name which was released the same year and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200. They achieved further success with the singles "Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)" and "Move To This". Technotronic went on to release the albums Body to Body (1991) and Recall (1995).

Jo Bogaert aka Thomas De Quincey, founding member of Technotronic
Jo Bogaert aka Thomas De Quincey, founding member of Technotronic
Background information
OriginAalst, Belgium
Years active1987–2001
  • ARS Entertainment Belgium
  • Swanyard Records
  • Telstar Records
  • WorX[1]
Past membersJo Bogaert
Manuela "Ya Kid K." Kamosi
Eric "MC Eric/Me One" Martin
Felly Kilingi
Réjane "Reggie" Magloire
Melissa Beckford
Desiree' "Daisy Dee" Rollocks
Colin "Einstein" Case
Charles "Black Diamond" Davis
Patrick DeMeyer
"Monday Midnite" (Monday Osaigbovo Agbonze)
Helen Mwangi-Taylor
Deidra Jones


1987–1990: Formation and Pump Up the Jam[edit]

Technotronic was formed in 1987 by Jo Bogaert. Bogaert gained popularity in Europe as a solo artist with various new beat projects, including Acts of Madmen and Nux Nemo. Ya Kid K joined the project as a vocalist, Bogaert adopted the stage name Thomas De Quincey, and in September 1989, they released the single "Pump Up the Jam". Ya Kid K was initially uncredited for her contributions to the song. A front for the act was put together (in a way similar to other Eurodance acts like Black Box and Milli Vanilli), utilizing Congolese-born fashion model Felly Kilingi who was presented as the group's vocalist.[2] She appeared on the single's cover art which was credited as "Technotronic featuring Felly" and also appeared in the music video for the song. The song became a worldwide success, eventually reaching No. 2 on both the US Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart in late 1989 and early 1990.

The success of the project's first single led to the release of the album Pump Up the Jam in late 1989, which featured vocals by Ya Kid K and MC Eric, but still featured Felly Kilingi on the cover. The album peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200 in the US and reached No. 2 in the UK Albums Chart.[3] Following the release of the album, Ya Kid K was revealed to be the main vocalist for the songs, with Bogaert admitting "[Felly] didn't have much to do with the record. Me, Eric and Ya Kid did it all. We needed Felly to help promote the group at first - to create this image".[2] In January 1990, they released their second single "Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over)", which was a No. 7 hit in the US and a No. 2 hit in the UK. The music video for the song features both Ya Kid K and Felly, though Felly's vocals do not appear on the song. That year, Technotronic made appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Arsenio Hall Show, and It's Showtime at the Apollo. In February 1990, Ya Kid K and Bogaert collaborated with the group Hi Tek 3 and released the single "Spin That Wheel", credited as "Hi Tek 3 featuring Ya Kid K". Further singles released from Pump Up the Jam: The Album were "This Beat Is Technotronic" (US Dance No. 3, UK No. 14) which featured MC Eric instead of Ya Kid K, and "Rockin' Over The Beat" (UK No. 9). Beginning in April 1991, Technotronic became an opening act for Madonna's Blond Ambition World Tour. Following the tour, Ya Kid K departed from the group.

In September 1990, A megamix was released compiling Technotronic's previous hits. Released as a single, it peaked at No. 6 in the UK[3] and No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100. The megamix was the first single from the remix album Trip on This: The Remixes, released in late 1990. Trip on This featured the new song "Turn It Up" featuring vocals by new group members Melissa Bell and "Another Monsterjam" rapper MC Einstein.[4] "Turn It Up" was not as successful as the group's prior releases, and Melissa and Einstein departed from the group.[5]

1991–1994: Body to Body and The Greatest Hits[edit]

In 1991, Technotronic released their second studio album Body to Body, which featured new main vocalist Reggie (Réjane Magloire).[5] Reggie provided vocals for six tracks on the album,[5] which also featured singer Riv and rapper Colt 45 on two tracks. Several singles were released in Europe, the UK and Australia, including "Move That Body", "Work" and "Money Makes The World Go Round" during 1991 and 1992.

In 1992, the song "Move This" from Pump Up the Jam (featuring vocals by Ya Kid K) became popular through its use in a Revlon television commercial. Ya Kid K rejoined the group and the song was released as a single. It became the group's third Top 10 hit in the United States, peaking at No. 6. With renewed interest in the Pump Up The Jam album, it was repackaged for the US market in 1992, retaining the original track listing but this time featuring Ya Kid K's face on the cover. In 1993, Technotronic released the compilation album The Greatest Hits. It included the new songs "Hey Yoh Here We Go" and "One + One", both featuring vocals from Ya Kid K. Both songs which were released as singles in 1993 and 1994.

1995–2001: Recall and later releases[edit]

Continuing with Ya Kid K as frontwoman, Technotronic released the single "Move It to the Rhythm" in 1994. It was followed in 1995 by the album Recall and the further singles "Recall" and "I Want You by My Side", the latter of which features male singer Black Diamond. Beside vocal contributions from Ya Kid K, the album also featured singer Daisy Dee on two tracks.

In 1996, the group released the remix EP "Pump Up The Jam – The '96 Sequel" was released in 1996. In 1998, the group released the single "Get Up – The '98 Sequel" as well as compilations This Beat Is Technotronic (Hits & Mixes) and Pump Up The Hits.

Technotronic returned in 1999 with new singles "G-Train" and "Like This", featuring male vocalist Monday Midnite. In 2000, Ya Kid K returned as the group's vocalist once more, releasing the non-album single "The Mariachi" to moderate success in Belgium. The following year, Technotronic released the standalone single "Runaway Blues".


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
Pump Up the Jam
  • Release date: 28 November 1989
  • Label: ARS Productions
    SBK/EMI (North America)
    Swanyard Records Ltd (UK)
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
22 3 10 16 18 17 4 2 10
Body to Body
  • Release date: 1991
  • Label: ARS Productions/Transistor Music
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
86 25 42 17 27
  • Release date: 1995
  • Label: ARS Productions
    SBK/EMI (North America)
  • Formats: CD, cassette
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Remix and Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
Trip on This: The Remixes
  • Release date: 18 September 1990
  • Label: ARS Productions
    SBK/EMI (North America)/Telstar Records (UK)
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
50 7
The Greatest Hits
  • Release date: 25 October 1993
  • Label: ARS Productions
  • Formats: CD
This Beat Is Technotronic (Hits & Mixes)
  • Release date: 1997
  • Label: Music Club (United Kingdom)
  • Formats: CD, Compact Cassette
Pump Up the Hits
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: Dance Street
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Greatest Remix Hits
  • Release date: 2006
  • Label: Rajon Music Group [085-70560.2] (Australia)
  • Formats: CD/DVD
Best of
  • Release date: 2011
  • Label: ARS Entertainment [2793193]
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1989 "Pump Up the Jam" (featuring Ya Kid K) 1 4 2 2 2 4 2 2 2 Pump Up the Jam – The Album
1990 "Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)" (featuring Ya Kid K) 1 7 2 2 2 2 7 1 2 7
"This Beat Is Technotronic" (featuring MC Eric) 7 27 10 5 7 38 8 14
"Rockin' Over the Beat" (featuring Ya Kid K) 16 53 18 11 10 9 95
"Megamix" 8 13 9 4 18 7 6 Trip on This – The Remixes
"Turn It Up" (featuring Melissa and Einstein) 39 87 26 42
1991 "Move That Body" (featuring Reggie) 18 27 19 3 38 10 12 Body to Body
"Work" (featuring Reggie) 21 92 12 24 40
"Money Makes the World Go Round" (featuring Reggie) 117
1992 "Move This" (featuring Ya Kid K) 67 6 The Greatest Hits
1993 "Hey Yoh, Here We Go" (featuring Ya Kid K) 48
1994 "One + One" (featuring Ya Kid K)
"Move It to the Rhythm" (featuring Ya Kid K) 50 52 83 Recall
1995 "Recall" (featuring Ya Kid K)
1996 "I Want You by My Side" 31
"Crazy" single only
"Pump Up The Jam – The '96 Sequel" 36 Pump Up The Hits
1998 "Get Up – The '98 Sequel" 42 91
1999 "Like This" (featuring Monday Midnite) 9 singles only
2000 "The G-Train" (featuring Monday Midnite) 39
"The Mariachi" (featuring Ya Kid K) 27
2005 "Pump Up the Jam" (D.O.N.S. featuring Technotronic) 46 77 34 25 43 22
2007 "Get Up" (Global Deejays featuring Technotronic)
2022 "Otro Jam" (Kembo Music featuring Technotronic)[26]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 551. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ "SIMON HARRIS | full Official Chart History". Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  5. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Dance Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. pp. 335/6. ISBN 0-7535-0252-6.
  6. ^ a b c Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
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  11. ^ " > Technotronic in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
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  15. ^ a b c d "Certified Awards Search: Technotronic". BPI. Archived from the original on 6 October 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  16. ^ a b "Music Canada: Certifications". Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  17. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Tehcnotronic" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 4 May 2019. Enter Tehcnotronic in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  18. ^ "Ultratop > Technotronic in Ultratop Vlaanderen" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  19. ^ "Bubbling Down Under Week Commencing 10 February1992". Bubbling Down Under. Retrieved 11 February 2023.
  20. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know > Search results for 'Technotronic' (from". Fireball Media. Retrieved 27 January 2020 – via
  21. ^ "Technotronic". Billboard.
  22. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 276.
  23. ^ Dutch certifications Archived 14 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 11 January 2009)
  24. ^ a b U.S. certifications (Retrieved 11 January 2009)
  25. ^ "French single certifications – Technotronic" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 29 May 2022. Select TECHNOTRONIC and click OK. 
  26. ^ "Otro Jam (feat. Technotronic) - Single". Apple Music. 18 November 2022. Retrieved 19 November 2022.

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