June 15, 2010

Brothers and sisters!

I don't remember hearing British band M|A|R|R|S' 1987 number "Pump Up the Volume" on the radio, but it certainly got a lot of play over mall PA systams in the late 80s.

"Pump Up the Volume" is an early house music number (one of the singles that helped house go mainstream). As such, its four-on-the-floor beat, synthetic bass line and repetitive structure contrast considerably with the more traditional song structure of, say, "Close (To the Edit)." But, as they used to say, it's still got a nice beat and you can dance to it.