Smart E's ‎– Sesame's Treet

Suburban Base Records ‎– SUBBASE 12
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM

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Early artwork sleeve featured Oscar The Grouch with a spliff that had to be removed due to legal reasons and does not appear on the later release sleeve or the remix. Was also released in a 'Suburban Base Records' die-cut company sleeve.

Both tracks sample:
Sesame Street - Sesame Street Theme

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  • Barcode: 5 022765 432129 >
  • Matrix / Runout: SUB . BASE. 12 A2 SIMON -THE EXCHANGE
  • Matrix / Runout: SUB BASE. 12 AA1 PAULs'

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SUBBASE 12 Smart E's Sesame's Treet(12", TP, W/Lbl) Suburban Base Records SUBBASE 12 UK 1992 Sell This Version
POST 670 Smart E's Sesame's Treet(12") Possum POST 670 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
SUBBASE 12 Smart E's Sesame's Treet(12") Suburban Base Records SUBBASE 12 UK 1992 Sell This Version
SUBBASE 12CD Smart E's Sesame's Treet(CD, Single) Suburban Base Records SUBBASE 12CD UK 1992 Sell This Version
SUBBASE 12R Smart E's Sesame's Treet (Remix)(12", Promo) Suburban Base Records SUBBASE 12R UK 1992 Sell This Version


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December 23, 2017
Every cloud has a silver lining.... This tune and others turned producers into making serious dark and quality music and also gave the funds to suburban base and helped create kniteforce records.


April 18, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
I am glad that Danny & Luna C etc made some cash off this because whether you want to believe it or not they were in the scene as opposed to the countless other producers who just cashed in on the scene they were never a part of. They didnt get Culture Beat or 2 Unlimited to remix it did they? they got Krome & Time & Beltram I know Ryder etc had a problem with this which I understand but seriously a lot of the money they made from this went back into the scene, the same cant be said for most of the pop rave shit that was out at the same time. Furthermore they didnt licence the shit out of it so they saw a huge return and stuck it to a heap of majors that were sniffing about, good on them.


October 25, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
That break is taken straight from MC Duke & DJ Leader 1 - The Final Conflict, sped up to 45rpm.


March 8, 2016
Truly the worst song I ever heard in the history of hardcore rave music. (probably followed by Alpha Team - Speed Racer) That is all.


March 12, 2015

Utter shite sort it out Romford !


July 14, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
Mark Ryder commenting on "Sesame's Treet" in Generator magazine:
"Sesame's Treet is the biggest piss-off i've ever known. It came out on Suburban Base (I don't like their other stuff much either), but that was the worst record in rave history. We all know why Suburban Base made "Sesame's Treet": they wanted a pop hit. Anyone who says different are fooling themselves, including Suburban Base. They might as well just accept that they put out a shit record and it made them successful. No respect to them cos they just wanted to increase their cash flow and it hurts all of us, not just them. It's hurt the whole scene and it will continue to do so because the whole pop mechanism has now absorbed the rave community as Smart E's and spat it out again. There's a heck of a lot of talent out there and they won't get a look in because of Smart E's".

Steve Jackson also didn't do any remix or production or remix of this (although credited). He was offered the remix purely so he'd continue backing the track on Kiss FM. He arrived very late for the remix session (when the track was mostly done) then fell asleep on the sofa in the studio.


September 1, 2012
edited over 6 years ago

I'm struggling with the dilemma of grading this.... I was 12 years old when it was released and loved hardcore when I longed to go to the raves my older cousins did.
Coincidentally I spent a weekend in Guildford when this peaked at #2? in the charts and remember begging my mum to go into a record shop to spend £2.05 on the cassette single.
At the time it was already a legendary slab but upon hearing it now, compared to my faves of all time it obviously doesn't quite compare as my musical tastes have matured. As the previous reviews have stated longevity wasn't part of the plan when this was cut but it disputedly left a big mark on popular music culture and to some apparently "it killed the rave/hardcore genre" - I personally don't believe it as Michael Howard aided that in 1994!
5/5 for the moment (1992) and generously 4/5 for production and musical quality? (2012).


September 14, 2011
It's easy to criticise this release, but it really must be looked at in the context of its time and the intentions of the producers. The track as we all know uses a very well known sample as the hook. I think it is pretty clear that this tune was made for a laugh. A bit of fun that might have been thown into the mix during what was a rather ecclectic hardcore scene back then. And quite frankly if you were there hearing for the first time at a rave or dingy underground club then it probably would've given you a buzz, and felt pretty trippy.

I dont think longevity came into the thinking here. The tune was just supposed to provide a humourous moment in a crazy time, which I think it did. Beyond that I don't think the producers could have predicted the level of demand created amongst the masses of Sesame Street enthusiasts!

What implications this had for the scene!


March 23, 2003

Samples the 'Sesame Street' theme and a countdown by 'The Count' (the counting Vampire)

Cheesy? Yes! - but in a good sort of way and it has a seriously dark, early belgian sounding euro-stab breakdown in the middle.

A well known and loved early english Rave classic.