Rotterdam Termination Source is a Dutch Techno group lead by DJ Maurice Steenbergen. The group is most famous for this minimalist single, which topped the charts in the Netherlands and Denmark and reached #27 in the UK Singles Chart.
Steenbergen was inspired by his local club scene to pen this song. He told Mojo magazine November 2011: "A friend took me to a rave in 1991. That was it. I saw the first acid house as it evolved into techno. I was intrigued by how people were dancing by bouncing on the their feet Three months later I came across the poing sample, this bouncy sound. I hooked up six months of my Roland 909 drum machine programming underneath."
English football team West Bromwich Albion F.C.'s "Boing Boing" crowd chant, is reportedly based on this track.
The song is probably the best known example of the gabber sound, a loud and often aggressive style of techno music that originated in Rotterdam. An important element of gabber is a distorted Roland 909 bass drum, overdriven to the point where it becomes a square wave and makes a recognizably melodic tone.
The third verse of "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies ("they shook and lurched all over the church floor...") was inspired by girl whose parents would speak in tongues at their Pentecostal service.
The lyrics for "Mary, Did You Know?" were written by Christian singer and comedian Mark Lowry, after his pastor asked him to write a Christmas musical for their church. Southern gospel musician Buddy Greene later added music to his words.