#ThrowbackTunesday: Episode 18

Time once again for us to hop aboard our musical DeLorean that is #ThrowbackTunesday! As always before our featured song this week, here’s the songs that have made it onto the playlist that were UK chart hits this exact week in the last 25 years…

  • 1993: House of Pain – Jump Around
  • 1998: The Tamperer feat. Maya – Feel It
  • 2003: Justin Timberlake – Rock Your Body
  • 2008: Rihanna – Take A Bow
  • 2013: Olly Murs – Dear Darlin’

      And our favourite song from this week’s #ThrowbackTunesday playlist is…

      • ARTIST: The Tamperer feat. Maya
      • SONG: Feel It
      • ALBUM: Fabulous

      There’s been many an argument as to what the first – or certainly most notable – ‘mashup’ record was, being as it was a concept that came more into common pop usage in the early 00s. But this week’s featured song has surely got to be one of the finest earliest examples of the format of splicing two existing records together.

      The brain child of two Spaghetti house DJs and producers, The Tamperer married the melody from The Jacksons‘ disco classic ‘Can You Feel It?’ (hence their own track’s title) and a vocal from a little known US dance track by Urban Discharge released some two years previously titled ‘(Wanna) Drop A House On That Bitch’ (a nod of course, to The Wizard of Oz).

      With vocals provided by American singer and Broadway actress Maya Days (simply Maya for this and their subsequent releases), her deliciously campy/melodramatic delivery of the chorus line ‘What she gonna look like with a chimney on her?’ became pretty ubiquitous after it made it’s UK chart debut in mid April at #3.

      Six weeks later, it’s popularity growing from continual airplay, it finally reached the top of the UK charts, and was one of the biggest dance floorfillers of that year – so much so in fact, that when they were invited to perform it on the Christmas Day edition of Top of the Pops, Maya performed it, mock Toto and all, in full Dorothy Gale costume. Fortunately, YouTube has preserved such an iconic moment!

      Check out the full playlist here, and let us know what your favourite hit from the past is this week on our Twitter with the hashtag #ThrowbackTunesday!

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