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Kane and Colourbox, which only released one commercial disc. It became "a one-hit wonder of rare influence" because of their international hit "Pump Up the Volume", and nominated for a Grammy Award in 1989.
This song is made up of about 250 samples. The line, "Pump Up The Volume" came from "I Know You Got Soul" by Eric B. & Rakim. Other samples include Coldcut's 1987 song "Say, Kids What Time Is This" and James Brown's "Funky Drummer." It also contains 3 seconds of Stock Aitken & Waterman's song "Roadblock," but the group didn't get official clearance and Peter Waterman placed an injunction for 5 days while the copyright issues were worked out.
This was the first ever #1 UK hit on an independent record label: 4AD. This also reached #1 in Holland and New Zealand.
The song was so popular it was re-issued over 10 times internationally. It was intentionally made slower than the current Chicago house sound in order that it would appeal to London club crowd who were currently into soul sounds.
MARRS was a one-off collaboration between members of A.R. Kane (Alex and Rudi Kane) and Colourbox (Martin and Steve Young), both veteran 4AD artists. They took their name from the four collaborator's initials plus that of label boss Ivo Watts-Russell, who suggested they get together.

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