by Doop

Album: Circus Doop (1994)
Charted: 1
  • songfacts ®
  • Doop were the Dutch production duo Frederick Ferry Ridderhof and Peter Garnefski, who made tracks under a variety of names. Prior to this song, their other monikers had included Mandroid, Toxit, Sugar 'n' Spice and Thick Red spot.
  • The lyrics of this Techno-Charleston hybrid consisted entirely of the word 'Doop' sung over a fast-paced big band sample. Garnefski revealed in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh why they recorded this under the name of 'Doop.' "We decided on that name because we liked the sound of it when Ferry was singing the 'Doop-be-doop' bits."
  • Ridderhof told Mojo magazine April 2012 the song reflected similarities between 1920s jazz and 1990s house music and was inspired by the crowds at raves, who looked like they were dancing the Charleston. "We started to experiment with the Charleston and big bands. Then we added my vocal. Everybody liked the track, it changed mood when it was played. It was obviously new. England embraced the record."
  • The song reached the singles charts throughout Europe, doing particularly well in the UK where it spent three weeks at #1. Its success meant the Dutch pair were presented with challenges. "We were booked as an act," Ridderhoff recalled to Mojo. "You wonder, what will we do on-stage? We were really studio guys. Doop got us a lot of opportunities and we realised we could do what we wanted to do, we bought a beautiful house by a canal in Amsterdam and built a studio."
  • In the late '90s Ridderhoff focused on his band Peblab; he and Garnefski also continued making dance floor tracks in 'Doop's' wake, under names like Sponk, Hocus Pocus, Rare Candy and Sebastian Blender.
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