Urban Dance Squad

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Urban Dance Squad
Urban Dance Squad, 2006.
Urban Dance Squad, 2006.
Background information
OriginUtrecht, Netherlands
Years active1986–2000
Sony BMG
Triple X
MembersRudeboy Remington (Patrick Tilon)
Tres Manos (René van Barneveld)
Silly Sil (Silvano Matadin)
Magic Stick (Michel Schoots)
DJ DNA (DoNotAsk) (Arjen de Vreede)

Urban Dance Squad was a Dutch rap rock band formed after what was originally intended as a one-time jam-session at a festival in Utrecht on December 20, 1986.[1] The band consisted of a guitarist, bassist, drummer, rapper, and DJ. Urban Dance Squad was one of the most successful Dutch bands of the nineties, releasing five studio albums.


Urban Dance Squad first got together in 1986, at a jam session in De Vrije Vloer, a club in Utrecht, a jam which resulted in the first Dutch rock band with a rapper (they borrowed the name from Parliament-Funkadelic's Urban Dancefloor Guerillas); a song, "Struggle for Jive"; and the blending of white and black music in the Netherlands, at the same time that Fishbone, Living Colour, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More, and the Beastie Boys were doing the same in the United States.[2] The band recorded its first album, Mental Floss for the Globe, in Brussels in 1989 (produced by Jean-Marie Aerts, of TC Matic), and came to instant success. It won an Edison Award, and the single "Deeper Shade of Soul" was a hit in Europe, and in the United States, where it charted at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. Two more singles were released from the album, and Urban Dance Squad toured the US in 1991, opening for Living Colour--The Pittsburgh Press described their music as "refried Zeppelin riffs and neo-Hendrix guitar solos complete with sound effects and old soul records to produce an exceedingly loud, densely packed, dissonant garage-rock stew."[3] The UDS had always been a volatile unit with the band members frequently arguing, and this came to a head while touring as the opening act for U2, after the release of Life 'n Perspectives of a Genuine Crossover, when DJ DNA quit abruptly.[4]

In the middle of the band's career, to capitalize on the success of grunge and alternative rock, Urban Dance Squad released Persona Non Grata in January 1994. All of the tracks feature heavy use of distortion and guitar. The singles "No Honestly" and "Candy Strip Exp." were released, the latter single being released as a radio edit that cuts most of the pre-song noise.

Artantica saw release in 1999, and was a return to the band's hip-hop roots, and received critical acclaim. Urban Dance Squad disbanded the following year, though they did perform together again as late as 2006.[2]


Urban Dance Squad's music encompassed funk, soul, heavy metal, hip hop, reggae, jazz and ska. The band's music has been classified as rap rock,[5] rap metal,[6] hip hop[citation needed] and funk metal.[7]

Band members[edit]

  • Rudeboy Remington (Patrick Tilon) - vocals
  • Tres Manos (René van Barneveld) - guitar
  • Silly Sil (Silvano Matadin) - bass guitar
  • Magic Stick (Michel Schoots) - drums
  • DJ DNA (Arjen de Vreede) - turntables (1987-1993, 1997-2000, 2006)
  • U-Gene - keyboards (1996-1997)



Extended plays[edit]

  • Mental Relapse (1991) – US only


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Year Single Peak positions Album

1989 "Deeper Shade of Soul" 52 56 21 Mental Floss for the Globe
1990 "No Kid" 52
1991 "Fastlane" 59 146
"Bureaucrat of Flaccostreet" Life 'N Perspectives of a Genuine Crossover
1992 "Routine" 65
"Grand Black Citizen" 65
1994 "Demagogue" 31 39 Persona Non Grata
"Candy Strip Experience"
1996 "Dresscode" Planet Ultra
"Temporarily Expendable" 61 15
1997 "Ego" 94
"Carbon Copy"
1999 "Happy Go Fucked Up" Artantica
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Other media[edit]


  • "Fast Lane" appears in the 1990 film Pump Up the Volume but does not appear on the soundtrack album.[13]
  • The song "Good Grief" appears on the soundtrack of the 1995 film Hackers, and the band has a cameo appearance in the film with the same song.[14]
  • The song "Demagogue" appears on the soundtrack of the 2001 film Crazy/Beautiful[15] and in 2003 on Gigli.[16]


  • 5 jaar wanorde (5 years of mayhem) is a two-part documentary about Urban Dance Squad by director Bram van Splunteren for VPRO's Onrust, originally broadcast in 1992.


  1. ^ "Urban Dance Squad". November 17, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Baartman, Nicoline (25 July 2006). "Zo goed zo nieuw zo fris". de Volkskrant. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  3. ^ King, Peter B. (24 January 1991). "UDS, Living Colour bring new hues to rock". The Pittsburgh Press. p. D7. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  4. ^ Haagsma, Robert (30 May 2014). "Bang voor het buitenland". Lust for life (in Dutch). Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  5. ^ Phares, Heather. "Urban Dance Squad – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  6. ^ Anderson, Rick. "Urban Dance Squad – Artantica". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  7. ^ Haire, Chris (12 August 2009). "Psychostick returns funk metal to its silly roots". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Urban Dance Squad - Dutch Chart". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2014-05-07.
  9. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 289.
  10. ^ "Bubbling Down Under Week Commencing 24 June 1991". Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Urban Dance Squad - Belgian Chart". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2014-05-07.
  12. ^ "Urban Dance Squad - US Hot 100 Chart". billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-05-07.
  13. ^ "Pump Up the Volume Soundtrack". IMDb. November 17, 2008.
  14. ^ "Hackers Soundtrack". IMDb. November 17, 2008.
  15. ^ "Crazy/Beautiful". IMDb. November 17, 2008.
  16. ^ "Gigli". IMDb. November 17, 2008.
  • Frans Steensma (ed), "OOR's Eerste Nederlandse Pop-encyclopedie" (12th edition, Amsterdam, 2000)