The Key the Secret

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"The Key The Secret"
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Single by Urban Cookie Collective
from the album High On A Happy Vibe
B-side Remix
Released 1993
Format 7" Single
12" Single
CD Single
CD Maxi
Genre Dance
Eurodance
House
Length 3:40
Label Pulse 8
Writer(s) Rohan Heath
Producer(s) Chapter
Urban Cookie Collective singles chronology
"The Key the Secret"
(1993)
"Feels Like Heaven"
(1993)
Music video
"The Key the Secret" on YouTube
1996 Cover
1996 Edition Cover
1996 Edition Cover
2004 Cover
2004 Edition Cover
2004 Edition Cover

"The Key The Secret" is a song originally released in 1993 by British band Urban Cookie Collective with vocals by British singer Diane Charlemagne. The song is widely regarded as one of the biggest dance anthems of the '90s and has been remixed several times.

About the song[edit]

"The Key The Secret" was very successful globally. It was originally a track written at home by Rohan Heath in a soul and hip hop vein. It was released on the tiny Unheard Records label. After a subsequent re-mix provoked a massive club response it was picked up by the Pulse 8 record label and released in July 1993.[1]

It peaked at number 2 with 16 consecutive weeks on the UK Top 75 singles charts, at number 2 in the Netherlands and at number 4 in Ireland and Australia. It was the best-selling Dance song of 1993.

When asked in an interview about how 'The Key The Secret' came up, songwriter Rohan Heath said:

"It pretty much came off the top of my head. I've always had a real interest in songwriting and it just happened to be at the better end of a million ideas I had. I tend to put one hand on my keyboard, play a chord and see what comes out of my mouth. 'The Key The Secret' was actually about taking magic mushrooms, which a lot of people never really realised at the time."[2]

In 1996, the track was remixed and again entered the UK charts peaking for 1 week at number 52. It was remixed again in 2004, this time peaking at number 31 in 2005.[3] An uptempo Eurodance remix was also made by DJ Dougal and Mickey Skeedale for Dancemania Speed in 1998.

A remix of the song was also included in episode 2 of the second series of Channel 4's drama series Queer as Folk in 2000.

Music video[edit]

The music video of "The Key The Secret" was directed by Lindy Heymann.[4]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA Charts)[5] 4
Austria (Austrian Singles Chart)[6] 7
Belgium (Belgian Singles Chart (Vl))[7] 5
Germany (German Singles Chart)[8] 5
Ireland (Irish Singles Chart) 4
Netherlands (Dutch Singles Chart)[9] 2
New Zealand (New Zealandian Singles Chart)[10] 31
Sweden (Swedish Singles Chart)[11] 23
Swiss (Swiss Singles Chart)[12] 7
UK (UK Singles Chart)[13] 2
US (Hot Dance Club Play)[14] 26

Cover versions[edit]

"The Key, The Secret" was more recently covered by Phobos & Deimos. In 2000, the German pop singer Jasmin Wagner heavily samples the chorus and the beat of the song in the German version as "Er ist so süß", which was released on her fourth studio album Die Welt gehört Dir.

Official versions[edit]

  • "The Key, The Secret"
  • "The Key, The Secret" (Glamourously Developed Mix)
  • "The Key, The Secret 2004" (Northstarz Club Mix)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "URBAN COOKIE COLLECTIVE THE KEY, THE SECRET...". mellofestival.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Whatever happened to... Urban Cookie Collective?". digitalspy.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  3. ^ British Hit Singles and Albums 19th Edition
  4. ^ "Lindy Heymann". mvdbase.com. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  5. ^ "URBAN COOKIE COLLECTIVE - THE KEY: THE SECRET (SONG)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  6. ^ "URBAN COOKIE COLLECTIVE - THE KEY: THE SECRET (SONG)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  7. ^ "URBAN COOKIE COLLECTIVE - THE KEY: THE SECRET (SONG)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  8. ^ "URBAN COOKIE COLLECTIVE - THE KEY: THE SECRET (SONG)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  9. ^ "URBAN COOKIE COLLECTIVE - THE KEY: THE SECRET (SONG)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  10. ^ "URBAN COOKIE COLLECTIVE - THE KEY: THE SECRET (SONG)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  11. ^ "URBAN COOKIE COLLECTIVE - THE KEY: THE SECRET (SONG)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  12. ^ "URBAN COOKIE COLLECTIVE - THE KEY: THE SECRET (SONG)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  13. ^ "The Key The Secret". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  14. ^ "Urban Cookie Collective". billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06.  line feed character in |title= at position 13 (help)