” Pump Up The Volume ” by M.A.R.R.S or more widely known as M|A|R|R|S, became a successful one-hit wonder in 1987. The group was formed by merging A.R. Kane and Colourbox for the sole purpose of releasing ” Pump Up The Volume ” as a single.
Considered by many to be a musical milestone for British house music development, a music style that was beginning to take hold in the United Kingdom at the time.
The song sampled ” I Know You Got Soul ” by Eric B. & Rakim, the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart number thirty-nine hit. M.A.R.R.S was put together after a suggestion by independent record label 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell after both A.R. Kane and Colourbox floated the idea of a possible commercial orientated dance record along the same lines as American house music which was gathering pace and impacting the UK charts.
Forming the group was the easy part, conflict soon ensued with different approaches to working methods and personality clashes. Due to these disputes, the two groups produced various elements to the track apart.
In mid-1987 the song was released as a white label without credit to the clubs in the United Kingdom. The record label 4AD later released a 12″ single which entered the Top Forty of the UK Singles Chart at thirty-five.
A remix of ” Pump Up The Volume ” came a week later with additional samples from groups like Public Enemy, Criminal Element Orchestra and the Bar-Kays.
This remixed version of the 12″ was condensed to create a 7″ version; it was the remix not the original version began to be played on radio in the UK.
A lawsuit by record producers Stock Aitken Waterman stalled ” Pump Up The Volume ” at number two; objections were raised by SAW for the use of a sample from the single ” Roadblock “.
Despite legal problems initially, M.A.R.R.S went on to have considerable commercial success with ” Pump Up The Volume ” and finally took the top spot on the UK Singles Chart and stayed there for two weeks and spent eighteen weeks on the chart in total.
Success also followed from the UK to other countries with a number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and Number Ones in several countries including Canada, Italy, Netherlands and New Zealand.
Along with chart success ” Pump Up The Volume ” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1989.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 13
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Austria (Austria Top 40) 4, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 4, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, France (SNEP) 9, Germany (Official German Charts) 2, Ireland (IRMA) 5, Italy (FIMI) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, Netherlands (GfK Dutch Chart) 2, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Spain (AFYVE) 6, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 14, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 3
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