In the beginning"...and the beat goes on!" These words are not only the title of the legendary debut album put out by these ultimate raver idols, for Scooter themselves they have become words to live by. And along with the beat, the megasellers go on and on as well. It all sounds like a dream, or a fairytale for the nineties, but this is reality.
1993Although widely known from the print and TV media, the history of the band Scooter deserves a few words here.
Back in the wavy 80s, H.P. and Rick got together under the name "Celebrate The Nun". Their music back then can best be described as "avant-garde future pop". This creative duo with the spacy sound achieved early success.
The high point came when "Celebrate The Nun" broke into the Top 5 of the American Billboard Dance Charts.
The two were spending more and more time in the music studios of Hamburg together with H.P.'s musically obsessed cousin Ferris and with Jens Thele, who had over many years become a permanent fixture on the city's club scene (Traxx, Trinity, Giganten-Partys) and with whom H.P. was now working at the Hamburg-based record company Edel.
In the summer of 1993, the four formed the remix team "The Loop". It will come as no surprise that within no time at all they had gained the reputation as the remixers of choice. Guided by their policy of "if you like it, do it", they joined up with the likes of Adeva, Holly Johnson, RuPaul, Tony Di Bart, Tag Team, Prince Ital Joe feat. Marky Mark, to name just a few, and moved on to become one of the hottest remix teams around.
In late 1993 they were asked to produce a new version of the dutch house-track "Vallee des Larmes". At the same time, the idea of starting their own project began to take root. As the "Vallee des Larmes" track had a carnival-like feel, the group decided to name themselves after the bumper car, what the Germans call, you guessed it, Scooter! With Jens Thele doing his part in the background, H.P. Baxxter, Ferris Bueller and Rick Jordan are happiest when they're in the spotlight. It's significant that Scooter is on a level far above that of other techno-dance formations. These guys are a real band who give their all on stage and cut all their tracks in the studio together.
1994Hit after hit has been pumped out by H.P. Baxxter, Rick Jordan and Ferris Bueller, alias Scooter. Those who turned up their critical noses at "Hyper Hyper" back in the autumn of '94 had their eyes opened mighty quickly."Hyper Hyper" sold over 700,000 copies in Germany alone, worked its way into German slang and catapulted Scooter overnight to the status of international stars. The ever-growing ranks of the rave generation use the expression "Hyper Hyper" to describe something incredibly awesome. It's the superlative superlative. And, as their career shows, these boys from the far north really live up to the title they gave their first track.
You've seen it happen many a time: an act crashes onto the scene, scores a megahit, and, before you
know it, they're history. But not Scooter. They have become one of the world's most successful
dance-techno bands. "Hyper Hyper",
1995The second album "Our Happy Hardcore" sold 120:000 units in Germany alone so far. It was the first CD-Extra (CD-Plus) of a German artist. The CD-ROM part of the CD offers the fan a variety of personal photos, excerpts of the videos as well as information about the group. Moreover, you can compete with H.P., Ferris and Rick in a go-cart race.
1996In May 1996, following "Back In The UK" (first Top 20 hit for Scooter in the UK) and "Let Me Be Your Valentine", the third single hit from "Our Happy Hardcore" was released: "Rebel Yell", a cover version of the Billy Idol classic with which Scooter proved that H.P. apart from his MC shouts can actually sing."Rebel Yell" continued the string of Top 10 hits for Scooter in Germany as well as various other territories.
Scooter's version of the Marc Cohn classic "Walking In Memphis": "I'm Raving", released in September 1996, was also produced in the said studio. And as a new single has to be followed by a new album, H.P., Rick and Ferris released their third album "Wicked!" in October 1996. "Wicked!" became the most successful Scooter album to date including their first radio hit single, the first 'techno-ballad' ever: "Break It Up". Who thought "I'm Raving" with its 139 BPM had been slow might have been surprised by this wonderful love song which was created with songwriter Noise Katzman (Culture Beat, DJ Bobo a.o.) and which also established Scooter in the Pop genre.
1997Following H.P.'s rediscovery of his old love for guitars with "Break It Up", Scooter obviously came to like sounds
that one would not expect from an act which emerged from the rave and techno scene. Thus the single "Fire!" - a really explosive Dance track - is based on a metal guitar riff and stresses the band's seemingly ceaseless creativeness.
After their first Asian tour H.P., Rick and Ferris continued to work on their new album.
So was the single "Fire" - an explosive dance-title with a metal-guitar riff, released.The single
directly entered the
Then came their fourth album "Age of Love" which was released August 25 1997, but first they
released the single called
On December 1st 1997 Scooter released a single called "No Fate" and on December 30 they released a double-cd album called "Rough and tough and dangerous - the singles 1994-1998".
1998In May 1998 the eurogressive song called "How Much Is The Fish?" was released, with this single a new member was introduced: Axel Coon. He replaced Ferris Bueller, who left the group to make a career of his own.
The sixth album "No Time To Chill" was released in July 1998. The album had 12 tracks including the
The next single to be released was "We are the Greatest" / "I Was Made For Lovin´ You" which was released on the 21 September, 1998.
1999In January 1999 the single "Call Me Mañana" was released.
In the summer of 1999 the single "Faster Harder Scooter" was released.
In September, 1999 their 7th album "Back To The Heavyweight Jam" was released.
Scooter released a single called "Fuck The Millenium" on November 22, 1999.
2000On May 29th the single "I'm Your Pusher" was released and it's in the same happy Scooter style.
The new album entitled "Sheffield" was released on their own new label
Sheffield Tunes on June 26.
On August 14 the single "She's The Sun" was released.
2001Scooter released a single on May 21 called "Posse (I Need You On The Floor)".
Scooter released the album "We Bring The Noise!" on June 11.
In several foreign countries a limited edition of "We Bring The Noise!" is available. Apart from the 12 tracks, the CD also contains two versions of the video for "Posse". The story version, plus an additional version which only contains live scenes form their performance in Denmark.
Finally there is another limited edition for the former Eastern parts of Germany. It contains 13 tracks altogether. The bonus track is called "Am Fenster" and was originally performed by a band called City, which came from former East Germany (this limited edition contains no videos and no sticker).
On August 13th the single "Aiii Shot The DJ" was released.
The single "Ramp! (The Logical Song)" was released on December 10th.
2002The 2nd greatest hits-album, called "Push The Beat For This Jam - The Singles 98-02", was released on January 9th.
DJ and producer Jay Frog will now replace keyboarder Axel Coon.
25-year-old Jay stood in for Axel Coon, who could not perform due to illness,
on some dates. Axel Coon had already decided that he would conclude his "2nd Chapter"
Scooter released a single called "Nessaja" on April 8th.
Scooter released a DVD in the end of May. The DVD includes the complete video collection,
one of the numerous
Scooter released the album "Push The Beat For This Jam - Singles '94-'02" on July 29th in the UK.
On November 4th an album called "24 Carat Gold" was released.
The UK version of the single "Posse" with a new radio edit was released on November 18th, it also included a N-Trance remix.
2003Scooter released the single "Weekend" on February 24th.
Scooter released the album "The Statium Techno Experience" on March 31st.
The single "The Night" was released on May 26th.
Scooter released the single "Maria (I Like It Loud)" on August 11th.
"The Stadium Techno Experience" was released in Holland, Japan with new track title - "Roll Baby Roll" was changed to "Swinging In The Jungle" due to some copyright reasons. But not only title was changed! Main music theme also differ from "Roll Baby Roll"!!!.
The single "Maria (I Like It Loud)" was released in the UK on October 6th.
Scooter released the single "Jigga Jigga!" on December 8th.
2004Scooter released the 2x12" "Jigga Jigga" in the UK in April.
The single "Shake That" was released on October 4th.
The album "Mind The Gap" was released November 8th.
The single "One (Always Hardcore)" was released on December 6th.
2005The 12" "Suavemente / Trance-Atlantic" was released on January 28th and the CD-Maxi "Suavemente" was released on March 7th.
The single "Hello (Good To Be Back)" was released on October 14th.
The album "Who's Got the Last Laugh Now?" was released on November 14th. It was released in 2 different editions, standard and limited.
2006...THE FOURTH CHAPTER HAS JUST BEGUN...
Big changes in the Scooter camp: Jay Frog, who joined the band four years ago replacing Axel Coon as the third member, is leaving the trio to focus on solo projects.
A successor is already in position - Michael Simon, a Hamburg DJ and producer. The 33 year old hit the stage for the first time in the 90s with his successful dance project Shahin & Simon (Do The Right Thing, The Rebel) and his connection to Scooter dates back to 1996 when he and Shahin Moshirian remixed I'm Raving and Let Me Be Your Valentine as well as supporting Scooter on tour. Scooter returned the favour by remixing the Shain & Simon hit single Do The Right Thing. This was the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
Now Michael Simon is really looking forward to his new role as the third man. "I can't wait to get into the studio with H.P. and Rick and get working on new material". H.P.'s wry comment: "I wonder what we’ve let ourselves in for!" Everything points to the three musicians having the right chemistry, hence their enthusiasm and optimism with regard to the future of Scooter.
2007Scooter released the single Behind The Cow on January 19th. The album The Ultimate Aural Orgasm, was released on February 9th. The album was the first with the new member Michael Simon. The album was released in 3 editions: Standard, Deluxe & iTunes.
Scooter's next single will be entitled I'm Lonely and it will be out on April 18th. (EE)
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