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Music: Scooter
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Scooter are an electronic music group from Hamburg, Germany. The band formed in 1994 by HP Baxxter and Rick J Jordan, after the dissolution of their new wave band Celebrate The Nun. The band was formed when the two members teamed up with producer Ferris Beuhler (real name Soren Buhler) to record a single called Vallée De Larmes, which was a soundalike cover of a French house song by Rene & Gaston released the previous year. The B Side was a song called Cosmos, an original composition. The group played some DJ shows with these two songs. At one show, Rick began playing an original instrumental piece of his, which inspired HP to spontaneously rap lyrics over it. This met with such a great response that the band decided to record it in studio, titling it "Hyper Hyper". This was released as a single and became a big hit, which inspired the members to take Scooter seriously, leading to their first album "...And The Beat Goes On". The band recorded many further singles and three more albums with Buehler, focusing mainly on the happy hardcore, techno and trance styles whilst adding influences from other genres such as rock, new wave, ballads and drum and bass.

In 1998, Buehler left to be replaced by Axel Coon, an event marked with the release of the singles and b sides collection Rough And Tough And Dangerous, and the announcement that it was the beginning of The Second Chapter. The band moved onto a more serious trancier style. Another breakthrough would come in 2001, when their song "Ramp! The Logical Song" became a massive hit worldwide, especially in the UK where they had not had very much success. They followed this up with "Nessaja", which was almost as successful, and a reissue of "Posse (I Need You On The Floor". A compilation album called Push The Beat For This Jam: The Singles, was released there and became very successful too (in Germany, its equivalent release was a 2CD single and B Side collection which did not feature Nessaja).

Coon was replaced by Jay Frog at the time of Nessaja - both members worked on the song, beginning The Third Chapter. The band released several more singles and the album The Stadium Techno Experience in the UK, with dwindling popularity. After the release of the single Jigga Jigga!, which flopped, the band did not release anything in the UK for several years until 2008.

Frog was replaced with Michael Simon in 2007 (The Fourth Chapter). The band released the album The Ultimate Aural Orgasm with him. Their second album with him, Jumping All Over The World, was released in the UK thanks to their popularity on the Clubland tour, and surprised everyone by making Number 1 in the album charts, especially as it was the first time the band had released anything there since 2003. During this time, the band experience massive {Flanderization} , with a constant reliance on female sung choruses with high pitched vocals, often singing cover songs without crediting the original artists, and constantly using bouncy, repetitive rhythms called jumpstyle. This had proved to be successful for them occasionally in the past (Ramp! being the biggest example), but on Jumping All Over The World and beyond it was used on almost every song. There is a pretty obvious Broken Base because of this. The band have released several more albums, incorporating dubstep and r&b influences and further alienating their old fans, HP even claiming he's in it for the money now.

Tired of HP's obsession with writing to a generic formula to make money, Rick J. Jordan announced his plans to leave the band in 2014. He is said to be replaced by DDY, and The Fifth Chapter will begin.

Whilst the band have been around for years, and remain a divisive subject, they remain one of the most popular and influential German bands there is.

Albums:

  • ...and the Beat Goes On! (1995)
  • Our Happy Hardcore (1996)
  • Wicked! (1996)
  • Age of Love (1997)
  • No Time to Chill (1998)
  • Back to the Heavyweight Jam (1999)
  • Sheffield (2000)
  • We Bring the Noise! (2001)
  • The Stadium Techno Experience (2003)
  • Mind the Gap (2004)
  • Who's Got the Last Laugh Now? (2005)
  • The Ultimate Aural Orgasm (2007)
  • Jumping All Over the World (2007)
  • Under the Radar Over the Top (2009)
  • The Big Mash Up (2011)

They have also released several Greatest Hits albums, the most successful of which is Push the Beat for This Jam (The Singles 98-02), a 1CD distillation of the 2CD European compilation Push the Beat for This Jam (The Second Chapter), in 2002.

For similar music see: Dune, Blümchen, Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo, Flamman & Abraxis, Party Animals and DJ Paul Elstak.


This band exhibits the following tropes:

  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • H.P. Baxxter will sometimes yell stuff in his native German.
      • At the end of "Posse (I Need You on the Floor)", he yells "I'm horny, you pigs!".
      • At the end of "Faster Harder Scooter" he declares "You're all insane!".
      • "Lass Uns Tanzen" is the band's only original song to be entirely in German, and it doesn't have too many lines in its lyrics, which makes the German language profanity included appear more aggressive.
      • H.P. sings "Am Fenster" completely in German.
    • Spanish is occassionally featured in the samples
      • The Spanish version of Hyper Hyper, which is called On A Spanish Fly Tip.
      • The Spanish version of Endless Summer
      • The Spanish version of Back In The UK, called Back In Villebago
      • "Call Me Mañana" starts with a Spanish line that translates to something like "The rocks where we were always".
      • The album version of "The Sound Above My Hair" starts with a Spanish radio station's tagline "Sólo éxitos y mas música" (Only hits and more music).
      • "Suavemente" samples some Paul Cless' Spanish language singing.
    • The whole chorus of "Ti Sento" is sung in Italian by Antonella Ruggiero.
    • "C'est Bleu" has, well, a chorus sung in French by visiting artist Vicky Leandros.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The song "Fuck the Millennium" (NOT a cover of the 2K (better known as The KLF) song of the same name).
  • Cover Version: Unique in that they don't usually do "straight-up" covers, but rather take a song and turn it into a "happy hardcore" song, with random shouting inserted. Some of their covers include "Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol and "The Logical Song" by Supertramp, though the latter only covers the chorus.
    • However, they do have a few straight covers like Depeche Mode's Stripped and Billy Idol's Eyes Without A Face, largely because HP grew up with those songs and they were basically sacred to him. Occasionally they meet this halfway and do a cover like The Chameleon's Second Skin, which keeps the structure of the original song but uses more techno production.
      • They also did a surprisingly good cover of Tuxedomoon's "No Tears", which they called "My Eyes Are Dry". It worked because they added a lot of new instrumental parts to it that fit with the mood of the song, and thankfully, HP used serious vocals and they didn't use any high pitched female vocals in it.
  • Dub Name Change: Sort of. In the UK, their cover of Supertramp's "The Logical Song" is called The Logical Song, since the name "The Logical Song" is still copyrighted to Supertramp in the UK. In the US and everywhere else, it's called Ramp! (The Logical Song".
    • Titles aren't copyright. More likely, they intended "Ramp" but Executive Meddling caused that to be dropped elsewhere.
      • Ramp! was dropped from the title in the UK so the song would be more commercial. However, it was already widely known on import and in clubs by that title.
      • They also released an Irish exclusive single called Back In Ireland, which is Back In The UK with the name of the country changed.
      • Jump That Rock! had the title (Whatever You Want) and the 'vs Status Quo' credit added when Status Quo showed their interest in it.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Their first single Vallée De Larmes was recorded as a project. It is a soundalike instrumental cover of a song by Rene & Gaston from 1993. The style of music is basically French house and not techno at all Its B Side Cosmos was later used but with a spoken voiceover from HP. It was shortly after this single was released that the band were improvising a tune onstage, and HP began rapping spontaneously. This led to their song Hyper Hyper and the sound they would be known for. Apart from a couple of remixes included on compilations, they have entirely omitted "Vallée" from their discography.
    • A stereotype of Scooter is that their singles have high pitched female vocals on the choruses. They did this on two songs in 1995 "Friends" and "Endless Summer", but stopped for several years. They tried it again on 2001's "Posse (I Need You On The Floor)" onwards and it became an unexpected hit, and very nearly every single afterwards has used them. So anybody checking out the band's albums from 1996-2000 will be surprised to hear the lack of high pitched vocals on them, instead HP using far more singing. It is no secret that this is regarded as the band's golden period amongst fans.
  • Everything's Louder With Bagpipes: Bagpipes are featured in the main melodies of "The Sound Above My Hair" (single version) and "I'm Your Pusher".
  • Foreign Sounding Gibberish: What exactly does "lakierski materialski" (from "Posse (I Need You on the Floor)") mean anyway?
  • I Have Many Names: H.P. Baxxter is also known as MC H.P., Dave (from Sheffield), Ice and Candyman, among others. His real name is actually Hans-Peter Geerdes.
  • Inherently Funny Words: "Chillybow" not that it really matters.
  • Insistent Terminology: Each incarnation of the band is referred to as a 'chapter', not 'the period when [band member] was in the band'. So for instance, Ferris Bueller's tenure is 'The First Chapter', Axel Coon's is 'The Second Chapter', Jay Frog's 'The Third Chapter' and Michael Simon's 'The Fourth Chapter'.
    • In 2013, Rick J. Jordan announced he was leaving the band after the band's tour finishes in January 2014. It is likely he will be replaced by by the band's friend DDY. The website announced that The Fifth Chapter had just begun.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: "Nessaja" is never said in the song, so opinion is divided on how to pronounce it, but common consensus seems to be to pronounce it in a German way ("Ness-AY-a"), thus making it rhyme with "Messiah".
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: The music video for "Aiii Shot the DJ" features the band doing this to the killed DJ, parading him around parties and such, in a homage to Weekend at Bernie's.
  • Once per Episode: A more or less pure instrumental trance track once per album, especially in the later discography
    • "Soultrain" in The Stadium Techno Experience
    • The legendary "Trance-Atlantic" in Mind the Gap
    • "Mesmerized" in Who's Got the Last Laugh Now
    • "Love Is an Ocean" in The Ultimate Aural Orgasm
    • "Lighten Up the Sky" in Jumping All Over the World
    • "Metropolis" in Under the Radar Over the Top
    • "Mashuaia" in The Big Mash Up
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: A common thing once per album. Scooter are not afraid to try pretty much any genre they can combine with electronica.
    • Rock influenced songs like "Fire", "Faster Harder Scooter" or "The Revolution"
    • Evocative ballads like "Break It Up", "Leave In Silence" or "Eyes Without A Face"
      • New wave covers like "Stripped" and "Second Skin", often played straight.
      • The act of HP singing is in itself an out of genre experience, as he is known for rapping.
  • Parody: "I'm Raving" is essentially a parody of "Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohn.
    • Lyrics about raving sung to the same tune as a well known song were a staple of happy hardcore DJs in the mid 90s, and Scooter turned it into something commercial.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Move! Your! Ass!" note 
    • "Gothic. Doesn't. Exist. Thank you." note 
  • Rearrange the Song: Scooter frequently did single versions of songs that differed from the album versions, of note:
    • Friends has two single versions. One has an intro from HP saying "Scooter! Yeah! followed by the synth melody before going into the main track, and the other begins with piano and the chorus vocals moved to the start. There's also editing in the main body of the song.
    • Back In Ireland is a version of Back In The UK with the references to the UK replaced by Ireland.
    • Rebel Yell has additional synths throughout much of the song.
    • We Are The Greatest has HP speaking over the intro.
    • Call Me Manana has an intro in Spanish and samples from a song called "James Brown Is Dead".
    • Fuck The Millenium has largely different vocals and a happy hardcore section.
    • Aiii Shot The DJ is largely different to the album version I Shot The DJ, with new verse lyrics and quite different music. The chorus is the only thing that really stayed the same.
    • Maria (I Like It Loud) has additional vocals from Marc Acadipane.
    • Suavemente has vocals, the album version does not.
    • The Sound Above My Hair features bagpipes, the album version does not.
  • Sampling: Common given their style. "Wicked Introduction" is to the tune of "Scotland the Brave", and "I'm Raving" has the same song playing in the background. "The Age of Love" samples the theme from Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • Shout-Out: "Weekend!" quotes from The Little Prince. "Hyper Hyper" gives a literal Shout-Out to several popular German DJs.
    • Also, the line just before that section, "We want to say a big shout to US!", isn't referring to America. US stands for Ultra-Sonic, the band whose song "Annihilating Rhythm (Do You Love Your Hardcore?)" was the inspiration for "Hyper Hyper"
    • The band has so many shout-outs to the KLF, they're practically a tribute act. Just off the top of my head: "Weekend" begins with the horns from "America: What Time Is Love?", and the line "Respect to the man in the ice cream van!" refers to the KLF's "...and they drive an ice cream van" from "Justified and Ancient". "Imaginary Battle" samples the line "Take me, uh-huh" from "Church of the KLF". The shout of "3 AM!" at the beginning of Nessaja is taken from the KLF's "3 AM Eternal". The last line of "Aiii Shot The DJ" is "Kick out the jams!", a phrase the KLF also used in their original incarnation as the JA Ms ("Kick out the JA Ms!"). "Fuck The Millenium" begins with machine gun fire from "3 AM Eternal", has H.P. introduce himself as "The Candyman", a song from the second KLF album (when they were the JA Ms). H.P. also uses the phrase "Furthermore known as..." in a way similar to the KLF's "Furthermore known as the JA Ms" from "Last Train to Trancentral". And, of course, the song's title is taken from the KLF song "Fuck The Millenium". And that's just off the top of my head. Seeing a pattern here?
      • The lyrics of "Aiii Shot the DJ" are based on the speaking style of Ali G, who was popular at the time.
      • HP has been known to make shoutouts to the band's 'posse' (fans) in various countries, even when said albums aren't even released in those countries. An example is how at the start of I'm Your Pusher he shouts out to the 'Scotland Posse'.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: A common complaint of fans is that the band rely far too much on songs where the verse is a rap about how great HP is filled with Word Salad, the chorus is a cover sung by a high pitched female, and most of the rest of the song is ripped off from something else. The band's music was generally not like this in the mid to late 90s.

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