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"Beat Dis" is a 1988 track by British act Bomb the Bass, a studio production formed by producer Tim Simenon, from the act's album Into the Dragon. Like other hits of the era such as "Pump Up the Volume" by MARRS and "Theme from S'Express" by S'Express, it largely consisted of samples.

"Beat Dis"
Bomb-The-Bass-Beat-Dis.jpg
Single by Bomb the Bass
from the album Into the Dragon
Released February 1988
Format 7", 12", CD single
Recorded 1988
Genre
Length 6:00 (original 12" version)
3:21 (music video version)
Label Mister-Ron
Songwriter(s) Pascal Gabriel, Tim Simenon
Producer(s) Tim Simenon
Bomb the Bass singles chronology
"Beat Dis"
(1988)
"Don't Make Me Wait"
(1988)
"Beat Dis"
(1987)
"Don't Make Me Wait"
(1988)

The single was very successful in the United Kingdom, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart for one week and was Bomb the Bass' only chart hit in the U.S.[1]

The centre label on the record features a smiley lifted from Watchmen. This usage was the origin of the use of the smiley as a symbol for acid house.[2]

ChartsEdit

Chart (1987-1988) Peak
position
United Kingdom 2
Austria 3
Ireland 4
Switzerland 4
New Zealand 5
Germany 6
Netherlands 8
Belgium 10
Spain 13

Samples usedEdit

This is an incomplete list of samples used in "Beat Dis".[3][4] Samples used in different versions may vary.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Joel Whitburn's Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003, 2004
  2. ^ Savage, Jon (2009-02-21). "The history of the smiley face symbol". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
Preceded by
"What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)" by Information Society
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
July 30, 1988
Succeeded by
"K.I.S.S.I.N.G." by Siedah Garrett