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LABEL: Club Tools RELEASE DATE: January 27, 1995 GENRE: Trance, Happy Hardcore
// review by Jeff

Exercising one's posterior is always sage advice!

After the unexpected success of Hyper Hyper on the German rave scene, it was imperative that Scooter return to their musical laboratory to try and create another massive bomb to keep that momentum going. The result was "Move Your Ass!", an even more powerful (and, in my opinion, far superior) track that swept the nation with just as many arms waving in the air as before, and perhaps even more. I guess, based on the title of the song, that there were also a fair number of posteriors shuffling about amidst the popularity of the single.

We kick off with the Video Edit. This abridged version of the original track commences with crowd shouts and frontman H.P. Baxxter building up their energy before we shuffle into energetic frantic acid tones. H.P. then tells us to move our asses, and a mix of piano, a poppy bassline, and other funky synths (as well as a strange female snippet) combine to bring as much energy to the room as possible. Everything is so upbeat here! The cycle soon repeats with the acid ferocity and the happy raving music to counterbalance that. And this is the tune where H.P. delivered one of his now legendary lines: "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." That's not untrue, you know. The single also features the full, extended version of "Move Your Ass!" with a few extra parts, though none of particular note. And a classic B-Side is also featured in Back In Time (which was most recently revived for an enamored crowd during their 2012 The Big Mash Up Tour). This one's a real charmer, boasting subtle, airy pads and a strong beeping synth, though not without the accompaniment of thumping beats, naturally. It all comes together to create an amazingly simple but effective trance tune.

"Move Your Ass!" is a much better product altogether than "Hyper Hyper", mostly because there's actually substance to the song. This also helped to solidify their stance within the raving community and it began the long road of successes they would later see in their career as Scooter, although that road wasn't always smooth and certainly not centered solely in the happy hardcore featured here. Still, chronologically speaking, this is the first Scooter single that I can actually recommend. Good work on bringing that raver vibe!


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