The Good Men ‎– Give It Up (Remix)

Fresh Fruit Records ‎– Fruit 003
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


Fresh Side
A Give It Up (Batacuda Refrescante)
Fruit Side
B1 Give It Up (Blue Nuts)
B2 Give It Up (Batacuda)

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© ℗ 1992 Fresh Fruit Records
Published by: Vernoth & Two P(i)eters

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings side A): 08 31833 20 1A 1 FRUIT 003 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings side B): 08 31833 201B 1 FRUIT 003 A
  • Rights Society: Biem Stemra
  • Other: 08-031833-20

Other Versions (5 of 42) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format ) Label Cat# Country Year
Fruit 001, Fruit 000001 The Good Men Give It Up(12") Fresh Fruit Records, Fresh Fruit Records Fruit 001, Fruit 000001 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
MX-392 The Good Men Give It Up (Remix)(12") Blanco Y Negro (2) MX-392 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
VENMX 33 (M) The Good Men Give It Up(12") Vendetta Records VENMX 33 (M) Spain 1996 Sell This Version
857 235-1 The Goodmen* Give It Up(12") Ffrreedom, London Records 857 235-1 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
INT 193.162 The Good Men Give It Up(12") Blow Up INT 193.162 Germany 1995 Sell This Version



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January 24, 2014
Late 1992. So far, house music in its original form was a phenomenon from the United States, although the United Kingdom caused the genre to hit the charts successfully. Although the Netherlands also had a dance scene those days, it was hardly known outside the European mainland. The only well-known act was 2 Unlimited (albeit a Belgian act with Dutch front people) and yes, L.A. Style had its occasional hit ("James Brown Is Dead") but the cream of the crop in international quality house and garage did not take these efforts seriously.

It all changed when this came out. René Ter Horst and Gaston Steenkist initially did not intend "Give It Up" as a Brasil-flavoured track; a "Batacuda" version was issued as a B-side (the actual name of the music style was "batucada"). At the close of 1992, a new version of the track was made with the annual Dutch carnival festivities in mind (these are held February/March, 7 weeks before Easter) and labeled "batacuda refrescante". The track was heard all over the country, not only during the aforementioned festivities but also thereafter and on the radio; the track eventually peaked in the Dutch Top 10 (keep in kind that this is a mainstream chart).

The formula of house sounds with thunderous Brazilian beats was copied thereafter by The Bad Guys (a spoof named "Don't Give Up"), DJ Dero ("Batucada"), Latin Boom ("Cafe Con Leche"), FKW ("Seize The Day", some mixes) among many others. A similar idea was used for Capricorn's "20 Hz". Even 2 Unlimited's "Let The Beat Control Your Body" had a remix that was strongly influenced by the track.

But more important, "Give It Up" paved the way for many other Dutch productions when George Morel, Masters at Work and many other American DJs incorporated the tune in their sets. They more or less created awareness among them about where they were originally coming from, resulting in a number of afro-, samba- and salsa-flavoured house tracks, most notably on Strictly Rhythm (listen to their "Latin Thang" compilation to get an impression).

Since then, the Netherlands became a country to watch out for, concerning electronic dance music. Later on, Tiësto, Ferry Corsten and Armin van Buuren would achieve worldwide fame, and the story of success is continued by a next generation of artists such as Hardwell, Afrojack and Sander van Doorn at the time I'm writing this text.