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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People want to say somehow toytown destroyed hardcore as if HH wasn't already well on its way what with the shabby Beatles remixes and dancers wearing pacifiers and acting like it was hard and cool. The truth is, this is the track the ravers hate to love and love to hate, that made their favorite music famous.
Everyone jumping on the whole "Toytown Techno sucks" vibe of Sesame's Treet (where there have been many worse produced culprits) while totally ignoring the amazing Magnificent (available on the CD single and a promo 12").
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Pure hands in the air bizness, pretty similar to Wishdokta productions of the same era (Evil Surrounds Us etc).
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.
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).
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!