” Rhythm Is a Dancer ” is by Snap!, the German Eurodance project consisting of Frankfurt-based producers Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti.
The song was written by Benito Benitez, John ‘ Virgo ‘ Garrett III, Thea Austin and Turbo B.
Production for the single was done by Benito Benitez and John ‘ Virgo ‘ Garrett III. Both Benito Benitez and John ‘ Virgo ‘ Garrett III were in fact aliases for the founding producers Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti. They used these names because they had the idea that the record-buying public had preconceived notions that were mainly negative towards German music.
” Rhythm Is a Dancer ” was released on the 30th of March 1992 and taken as the second single from the group’s second album, The Madman’s Return.
The song features lead vocals by Thea Austin and a rap by Turbo B. Thea Austin was the lead vocalist of five Top Forty hit singles around the world. She stepped in to sing lead vocals after Penny Ford had to drop out due to other commitments to Sony Music ( Snap were signed to BMG at the time ).
The other vocalist on the track was rapper Turbo B ( Durron Maurice Butler ), the American rapper fell out with the group’s management and went on to pursue a solo career and still tours the world today.
Initially ” Rhythm Is a Dancer ” was to be the first single released from the album. However, Turbo B reportedly hated the track and insisted that ” Colour of Love ” be released instead. It is well-known that Turbo B hated the line in the song ” I’m serious as cancer when I say rhythm is a dancer “.
That one line caused condemnation and some ridicule; Cancer charities were not happy at its use in the song.
Snap! agreed and ” Colour of Love ” was released as the lead single in 1991. However, it didn’t make much of an impact on the charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom. With the insistence of Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti ” Rhythm Is a Dancer ” was released as their second single from the album.
The song was a huge success, Turbo B then left the group shortly after the release due to growing differences with the other members and its managers.
The accompanying music video was directed by Howard Greenhalgh. The British director studied at the Royal College of Art, the public research university in London. After working on the video for ” Rhythm Is a Dancer “, he was later hired to direct videos for the Pet Shop Boys and George Michael’s single ” Jesus To a Child “. He also worked with Muse and Soundgarden.
Snap! had commercial success with ” Rhythm Is a Dancer “. In the United States, the song reached a peak of number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent a total of thirty-nine weeks on the chart there.
Outside of the United States, the song was also a huge hit. In Germany, it held the Number One position for ten weeks. In France, the song entered the chart at number five and climbed to reach Number One a month later. It held the top spot for six weeks and became the first dance single to reach Number One in France.
In the United Kingdom, the single entered the UK Singles Chart on the 4th of July 1992 and reached Number One for six weeks. The song spent thirteen weeks in the Top Ten and a total of thirty-six weeks on the chart there.
” Rhythm Is a Dancer ” is the second single to reach Number One in the United Kingdom, with original chart run sales of 492,175 it is their biggest hit single to date in the country.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 5
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 3, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 1, Canada Dance (RPM) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 19, Denmark (IFPI) 11, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 7, France (SNEP) 1, Germany (Media Control Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, New Zealand (RIANZ) 11, Norway (VG-lista) 4, Spain (AFYVE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 2, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
Official Website: Snap-world.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/Snap
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Snap!Groups rhythm is a dancersnapsnap rhythm is a dancer