H.T., Rick and Axel are Scooter - they are from Hamburg in Germany and broke big in the UK last year with 'The Logical Song', 'Nessaja' and 'Posse (I Need You On The Floor)'... On their new single 'Weekend!', due for release in late March 2003, we are urged to "give our respect to the man in the ice-cream van" (!!!)Scooter had in fact had a their first UK hits as early as 1995, though alas the seminal 'How Much Is The Fish?' wasn't one of them, even though the video seemed to have been filmed here. Still, their career did identifiably go up a gear when they hit on the formula of speeding up the choruses of 70s soft-rock hits and the aforementioned 'Logical Song' became their biggest hit as well as their first Now appearance. Sequels performed well even when based on tracks that hadn't been British hits, presumably because that was irrelevant to the target audience. In this case, the source was a European hit by Dutch group Earth & Fire (not to be confused with Earth Wind & Fire) although only the chipmunk-like vocals recall the original and the remainder is typical of the group's "stadium techno" sound, obviously inspired by the KLF - and thus of course the ice-cream van reference. Scooter are an easy band to be irritated by but it helps to realise they at least know how ridiculous they are.
Also appearing on: Now 52, 53, 55, 70
Available on: The Stadium Techno Experience