The Power (Snap! song)

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"The Power"
Single by Snap!
from the album World Power
  • Benito Benites
  • John "Virgo" Garrett III
  • Toni C.
Snap! singles chronology
"The Power"
"Ooops Up"
Music video
"The Power" on YouTube
Audio sample
"The Power"

"The Power" is a song by the German music group Snap!. It was released in January 1990 as the lead single from their debut studio album, World Power. The song reached number one in Greece, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe, as well as on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Rap charts. On the Billboard Hot 100, "The Power" managed to reach number two for one week, behind "Vision of Love" by Mariah Carey.[3] It is particularly known for its hook "I've got the power!".


Written by Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti (under the pseudonyms Benito Benites and John "Virgo" Garrett III) and produced by Snap!, "The Power" was the group's third single. Featuring a rap by Turbo B and vocals by Penny Ford (lip-synced in the music video by Jackie Harris), the single became a massive international hit.[citation needed]

The song opens with the somewhat enigmatic line in Russian: «Американская фирма Transceptor Technology приступила к производству компьютеров „Персональный спутник“» (meaning "The American company Transceptor Technology has started production of the 'Personal Companion' computer"). "Personal Companion" was a computer-like device for the blind and visually impaired. Released in 1990, it was controlled by voice and could, among other functions, automatically download articles from USA Today by a built-in modem. It was made by Transceptor Technologies of Ann Arbor, Michigan.[4]

The song contains samples from "The Power" by Chill Rob G, "Love's Gonna Get You" by Jocelyn Brown,[5] and "King of the Beats" by Mantronix.[citation needed]

Power Jam was the first name under which German producers Michael Münzing (Benito Benites) and Luca Anzilotti (John Virgo Garrett III) were noticed for their 1990 Hit "The Power".[citation needed]

The first version of "The Power" was an amalgam of many samples. The beats were taken from Mantronix's "King of the Beats Lesson #1" (from their 1990 album "This Should Move Ya"), the vocals were taken from "Let The Words Flow" by rapper Chill Rob G and from "Love's Gonna Get You" by Jocelyn Brown. The record became instantly popular in both Europe and North America. However, all of the samples used were unauthorized. In Germany, Arista Records had a deal with Stu Fine, former owner of Wild Pitch Records, but Arista did not have the same type of deal for a legal US release. Chill Rob G consented to a US release (which he thought could be lucrative) and consequently Arista Records was pressured to prepare the song for release in the US. Because it was not legally possible for Arista to simply reissue the European single, it was decided to re-record the entire track with new lyrics by rapper Durron Butler AKA Turbo B. and additional vocals by Penny Ford. The samples were then all legally cleared and the song was finally re-released under the new name Snap!, despite the fact that Jocelyn Brown had commenced legal action because of the unauthorized sampling of her vocals.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Bill Coleman from Billboard wrote that "thanks to a healthy buzz generated via underground import attention, this hypnotic, street-soul jam should have no trouble duplicating its smash U.K. success. Expect big crossover action."[6] In 2017, BuzzFeed listed the song at number 38 in their list of "The 101 Greatest Dance Songs of the '90s".[7] Cash Box said that "The Power" is "set against a basic hip-hop beat, but all sorts of computer-generated enhancements are added, as well as a great bassline, soul-drenched female vocals, a male rap that sounds a bit like Heavy D, and, depending on the mix, elements of House. Yet none of it seems forced or contrived, and it doesn't sound quite like anything else that's out there right now. This one will be huge."[8] Complex described it as "a more industrial take on the hip-house scene that blew up" at that time the song was released.[9] Tom Ewing from Freaky Trigger noted that the song "juggles aggression and melancholy, and makes both immediately appealing – the juddering riff which opens "The Power" set against the slow pace and lonesome spaciousness of the production and Pennye Ford's vocals. The riff is more distinctive than the singing, to be honest, but the contrast works."[10] Music & Media commented that a "funky hip-hop rhythm, sampled from Doug Lazy's Let It Roll has been matched with some forceful rapping by Turbo B and inspired gospel vocals on the chorus. Excellent warm production by Benito Benites, John Garrett III and Snap. Could be the next big thing from the Continent."[11] The Network Forty described the track as "a very hip and cool" rap song "with a modern edge".[12] They also added that the "power charged rap-dance"[13] does "crackles and pops with enough irresistible energy".[14]

Track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Covers, samples and remixes[edit]

  • The song was covered in 2002 by German band H-Blockx. Turbo B featured in the song taking turns to rap lyrics with H-Blockx's then frontman Dave Gappa. Of note, Turbo B replaces the word 'Snap!' with 'H-blockx' in the line "If they are Snap! don't need the police to try to save them". The single charted at number 48 in Germany, number 51 in Austria and number 34 in Australia.[59]

See also[edit]


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