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LABEL: Sheffield Tunes RELEASE DATE: December 10, 2001 GENRE: Trance, Hard Dance
// review by Jeff

Ramp up your party with this banger!

Eight years after Scooter wedged themselves into the European dance music scene, it was time for something new, something invigorating to make the masses know their name. Scooter had achieved great success in their home country of Germany and surrounding nations, but worldwide, they just couldn't grasp that popularity, most notably in the nearby United Kingdom, where they had, at best, hit #18 on the charts in 1995. And overseas, they were even less recognized. But that all changed, thanks to one little song: "Ramp! (The Logical Song)".

Ah, Ramp!, what an interesting little sprite you are. With its instantly catchy chorus taken from Supertramp's 1979 hit, "The Logical Song", this single was destined to be a hit. Of course, there are definitely a few differences between Supertramp's version and Scooter's! As the Radio Edit, clearly shows, the chorus has that now legendary high-pitched voice that has come to be associated with Scooter. It's still effective, but fans of Supertramp may be appalled. And, as usual, the tune is mixed with wild trance synths (and even some classic acid 303-synth stuck in there for good measure) and frontman H.P. Baxxter's largely incoherent rapping. Altogether, it makes for a party-oriented tune that, sure enough, hit #2 on the U.K. music charts. Granted, the song is a bit cheesier than some of their past efforts -- and definitely more mainstream -- it still had quite an effect on the listening public. Even ripples of their success crossed the Atlantic...

The Extended Mix is, as always, the full-length version of the song, adding some extra beats at the beginning and end, but very little else. There's also a Club Mix that removes H.P.'s vocals, leaving behind only the high-pitched Supertramp chorus and the regular instrumental portions, changing the buildup as well. Audiophiles are also treated to the B-Side, Siberia, a somber affair featuring chilling female wailing and deep drum beats.

I'll admit that Ramp! is definitely a commercial production. Though all the pieces are there of a typical Scooter track, it's hardly the unique experience that they normally offer. That being said, Ramp! is an easy introduction to the group, as it is one, if not the most, popular track worldwide in their discography, plus it's pretty easy to dance to!


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