Pump Up The Volume


Pump Up The Volume (UK CD)
01 Pump Up The Volume (Re-Mix)
02 Pump Up The Volume
03 Anitina [The First Time I See She Dance]
04 Anitina [The First Time I See She Dance] (Re-Mix)
05 Pump Up The Volume (7″ Re-Mix)*

*Bonus track

BAD707   BADM707CD

Pump Up The Volume (US CD)
01 Pump Up The Volume (US Radio Edit)
02 Pump Up The Volume (US 12″ Remix)
03 Anitina [The First Time I See She Dance]
04 Pump Up The Volume (Bonus Beat)
05 Pump Up The Volume (Instrumental)

INFO > In 1987, an unlikely collaboration between electronic outfit Colourbox and alt rockers A.R. Kane yielded a worldwide hit single, accelerated the development of British house music, and ignited a legal controversy over sampling. Released by 4AD Records, the double A-side “Pump Up The Volume/Anitina” was the sole output of M|A|R|R|S, an acronym derived from the project participant’s first names:

M = Martyn Young (Colourbox)
A = Alex Ayuli (A.R. Kane)
R = Rudy Tambala (A.R. Kane)
R = Russell Smith (A.R. Kane)
S = Steven Young (Colourbox)

As the two groups failed to connect in studio, Colourbox and A.R. Kane worked independently to produce separate recordings, to which the other party would add additional parts: A.R. Kane’s screeching guitar work features on “Pump Up The Volume”, while Colourbox programmed the drums for “Anitina.” Also involved were DJs CJ Mackintosh and Dave Dorrell, who contributed scratching and samples.

Between UK and US remix versions, some 30 records were sampled on “Pump Up The Volume”; however, Stock, Aitken & Waterman let loose the lawyers over the use of 7 seconds from their track “Roadblock.” Although litigation didn’t hamper the success of “Pump Up The Volume”, the backlash over unlicensed samples would keep lawyers busy and complicate matters for other artists in the late-1980s.

There was no follow-up to “Pump Up The Volume”, making M|A|R|R|S perhaps the ultimate one-hit wonder.

Posted on November 3, 2014, in 4AD, CJ Mackintosh, Colourbox, MARRS. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Hey home boy in Bronx this one’s for you

    Absolute classic mate !!! Especially the bonus track. One of the best tracks ever made and still holds up to this day and forever onward !!!

    Thank you for the back ground of how the got their name. Very enlightening !

    M|A|R|R|S gotta love the way that looks too.

  2. martymartymarty

    Thanks so much for these! Just the other day, coincidentally, a friend of mine and me discussed the U.S. versions and I realized I’d never heard them. Now I have! <3 :-)

  3. I didn’t know there were US versions. Thanks for extending my knowledge.

  4. thanks for the post

  5. I think CJ Macintosh and Dave Dorrell were probably the key players on this track. Colourbox & A.R. Kane never really having any form in producing anything close to the funkiness contained within..

  6. Trance Master 303

    thank you for the bonus tracks! I think this song, RIFIFI and BEAT DIS were probably the 3 best house tracks of the 80s!!!


    Is there any chance you could upload CRESCENDO – ARE YOU OUT THERE AGAIN with the symphonic version: https://methodsofdance.wordpress.com/category/crescendo/

    also, if you have any rare versions of RIFIFI – DR. ACID.

    And can you also fix the link for BOMB THE BASS – BEAT DIS: https://methodsofdance.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/bomb-the-bass-beat-dis-us-promo/comment-page-1/#comment-7953

  7. Thanks,

    Got this on CD single before I got my CD player.


  8. Any Chance of a re-up on these? I have the old beat up vinyl and was jonesing for a nice clean hi bitrate version.

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