After having a brief email conversation with Dave, Sanjay, and Henry (old friends from the high school days) about which Beatles album is the best (Sanjay is currently on a Beatles for Sale kick while Dave and I agree that Abbey Road is our favorite. Though I have a tremendous love for Beatles for Sale I’d rank it behind HELP! as my favorite of the pre-Revolver albums. The movie HELP!, by the way, might be one of the more underrated motion pictures ever, let alone of its time.)
But in that conversation, I had to point out the significance of one album in particular as far as life changing albums go. That’s right, I’m talking about Pump Up the Jam – The Album by Technotronic.
Released in November of 1989, this album was the precursor to grunge, and opened the door for such bands as C&C Music Factory, Musto and Bones, and Alice In Chains. Well, maybe not Alice In Chains, but whatever.
In addition to its title track, Pump Up the Jam – The Album also had such classics as “Get Up! (Before the Night is Over),” “This Beat Is Technotronic,” and my favorite, “Move This,” the hauntingly melodic dance piece that taught me the meaning of the phrase “shake dat booty.”
Who could forget this lyric:
Can you feel the mellow crawling fast
drum oh baby
pump it pump it pump it up
bet you cant make this one stop
You may think I’m writing this in jest, but really it’s only about 30% in jest. It’s a good freakin’ album, honkies.
As it happens, I have this record on vinyl. Come on over and we’ll have a dance party. I’ll also play you my Mills Brothers records.