Sunday, March 13, 2005

M/A/R/R/S

M/A/R/R/S' only release "Pump Up The Volume" remains a watershed in the history of modern music and sampling. It was originally mailed in an anonymous white label to a group of 500 influential DJs, before being released commercially in 1987 and becoming the first US and UK top 10 hit to be composed entirely of samples.

M/A/R/R/S, the brainchild of 4AD chief Ivo Watts-Russell, was a one-off collaboration between members of two UK experimental bands - A.R. Kane and Colourbox.

Neither Colourbox nor A.R. Kane ever quite found the same level of chart success as M/A/R/R/S, although both groups were held in high regard by those who dug deeper than the charts for their dancing and listening pleasure.

MARRS - Pump Up The Volume.mp3

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