Monday, 18 July 2016

REWIND: MARRS - 'Pump Up The Volume'

Today's REWIND selection is dedicated to Steve Young, who died a few days ago on July 13. MARRS were quite possibly the most important one-hit-wonder of all time. The project started in 1987 as a collaboration between the groups A.R. Kane and Colourbox. Instead of working together, the two acts recorded a track each, then swapped with each other for additional input. Of the two songs, 'Anitina' was an A.R. Kane track with drum programming by Colourbox's Steve Young, while 'Pump Up the Volume' was a Martyn Young track constructed largely of samples, and featured one of A.R. Kane's guitars.

The record was released in 1987 under the alias MARRS, an alias created from the forenames of the five artists: Martyn Young (from Colourbox), Alex Ayuli and Rudy Tambala (from A.R. Kane), Russell Smith (an associate A.R. Kane member), and Steve Young (from Colourbox). The track went to number 1 in the UK singles chart and is regarded as a significant milestone in the development of sampling culture.