” Pump Up the Jam ” is by Technotronic, the Belgian electronic music project. The song was written by Manuela Kamosi ( Ya Kid K ) and Thomas de Quincey ( Jo Bogaert ). Production for the song was by Thomas De Quincey.
The song was released on the 27th of September 1989 by record labels Swanyard, SBK and EMI (US) and taken as the opening track from the group’s first album, Pump Up the Jam: The Album.
Initially, the song was an instrumental called ” Technotronic ” ( Later becoming their official name ), it was first released by Jo Bogaert using the name, The Pro 24s.
The instrumental was based on ” The Acid Life ” by Jackmaster Funk and sampled vocals from the 1983 Eddie Murphy’s ” Delirious ” live set. Months later the track was re-written, and newer music with vocals and lyrics from Ya Kid K added.
According to urbandictionary.com the name of the song means ” set the dance floor on fire. Usually by means of the running man and other late 80s dance moves “.
Ya Kid K ( Born Manuela Barbara Kamosi Moaso Djogi ) is a Congolese-Belgian hip-hop artist. She wrote the lyrics for ” Pump Up the Jam ” after teaming up with Jo Bogaert.
However, although Ya Kid K wrote the lyrics and added her vocals to the song, she never actually appeared in the video or on the album cover. Instead, the group used model and dancer, Felly Kilingi. It was felt that Ya Kid K wasn’t photogenic enough and, at the age of 15 and still at school, she was therefore unable to perform with Technotronic at live events.
In the group’s music video for their second single ” Get Up! ( before the night is over ) ” Ya Kid K is featured, it was to be her debut appearance fronting Technotronic.
” Pump Up the Jam ” became the first song in the house music genre to gain commercial status. The song was the first to pioneer hip-house music, which is a fusion of house mixed with hip-hop, outside of Chicago, Illinois.
The song was a commercial success for Technotronic. In the United States, it reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, spending twenty-four weeks on the chart there.
The single was Number One in Belgium, Canada and Spain; it reached the top five in many other countries. In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Singles Chart on the 2nd of September 1989 and reached number two. It spent six weeks in the Top Ten and a total of fifteen weeks on the chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 2
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 4, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 1, Canada (RPM 100 Singles) 4, Canada (RPM 20 Dance Singles) 1, Canada (RPM 30 Retail Singles) 1, France (SNEP) 7, Germany (Official German Charts) 2, Italy (FIMI) 5, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 2, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 4, Norway (VG-lista) 5, Spain (AFYVE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 4, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 2
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