M A R R S - Pump Up The Volume (Official Video)

M A R R S - Pump Up The Volume (Official Video)

M/A/R/R/S started in 1987 as a collaboration between the groups A.R. Kane and Colourbox, with additional input from DJ's Chris "C.J." Mackintosh and Dave Dorrell. The result was that instead of working together, the two groups ended up recording a track each, then turning it over to the other for additional input. Of the two pieces completed, one, "Anitina", was an A.R. Kane track with drum programming by Colourbox's Steve Young. The other, "Pump Up the Volume", was a propulsive Martyn Young track constructed largely of samples, including one of A.R. Kane's guitars. The record was released under the alias M/A/R/R/S, an acronym derived from the forenames of the five 4AD artists involved in the project: Martyn Young (from Colourbox), Alex Ayuli and Rudy Tambala (from A.R. Kane), Russell Smith (an associate A.R. Kane member and founder of Terminal Cheesecake), and Steve Young (from Colourbox). M/A/R/R/S's sole release was the double A-sided single "Pump Up the Volume" / "Anitina", released on 4AD in the UK. Only "Pump Up the Volume" gained significant attention and airplay and went on to be a #1 hit in the United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands and New Zealand, as well as a top-ten hit in several other countries

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Peel discovered the record through 4AD, the indie label that M/A/R/R/S were signed to. It got played on his shows. However the success of the record was largely due to UK dance clubs promoting the track and the remixed version shortened to a 7 inch getting heavy airplay on radio, which ultimately led to thousands of people buying the record and reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in September 1987.

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