I was going to start on the letter F. But instead we’re going to assess NME’s selections of the 25 Essential Dance Anthems. First up, The Shamen and U96.

I was out buying milk – it’s a hedonistic maelstrom of a life for me – when none-more-indie NME caught my eye. They had an interview with The Prodigy (yawn) but a side splash got my attention. It said “The 25 Greatest Dance Anthems”. I was curious about their choices, so I bought it. Here we go:

25. The Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode (1992)

NME says “”Es are good. Es are good” is exactly the sort of phrase you’re not allowed to broadcast on Radio 1, especially not if it comes attached to one of those pesky repetitive beats. But such was the literary skill of Mr C that when the Shamen spun a bit of TOP SECRET CODE around their hook, claiming straight-faced that their 1992 Number One was about “a gentleman of leisure, he’s there for your pleasure”, the Beeb had little choice but to go with it. That it hit the top spot during the BBC’s drug awareness week almost made up for “God Save The Queen” being held off the Silver Jubilee Number One. Remember kids, “a great philosopher once wrote, ‘Naughty, naughty, very naughty. Ha ha ha ha ha.'”.”

A silly single that did far too well for the good of the Shamen. And it’s embarassment of the BBC hardly compares to the fear that the Sex Pistols generated fifteen years before. There’s no point in posting the original, so I’ going with the best remix – the Meat Beat Manifesto instrumental and also the Richie Hawtin version.

24. U96 – Das Boot (1991)

NME says “German producr Alex Christensen named his band after the film Das Boot – about a German submarine in WWII. He then named his first single after the submarine itself. And that single was also a techno version of the film’s opening theme. He liked it, OK? Filled with water sounds, radar blips, and a Germanic robo-voice intoning the title, it was the point where rave and Kraftwerk intersected. As much because, like Kraftwerk, it was slightly cold, claustrophobic, unsettling music for the darkest hour before sunrise.”


The writer was clearly somewhat unfocused or otherwise refreshed in writing this, as it confuses the name of the band and single and then refers to radar blips, when it should be sonar. But apart from my nitpicking, this is a nice techno pop single but hardly essential. Essential German techno should be something like Hardfloor.


The Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode (Meat Beat Manifesto Instrumental) recommended
The Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode (South of Detroit Vocal) Richie Hawtin
U96 – Das Boot (Techno Mix)


Buy Shamen or U96
PS: Espiritu post updated with addition of Underdog (Trevor Jackson) remix of Los Americanos

~ by acidted on March 24, 2009.

One Response to “ESSENTIAL DANCE ANTHEMS 25 / 24”

  1. […] This also shows what a ridiculously fickle person I am, since only three and a half years ago I said it was “a nice techno pop single but hardly essential.” when it featured in NME’s […]

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