Classics: Snap! The Power (Logic Records)
You all please don’t ever tell me you’ve never heard that famous vocal hook by the likes of the powerful “I’ve got the power!”. And even more if familiar with Jocelyn Brown‘s repertoire, as it’s comin’ from the 1987 released ‘Love’s Gonna Get You’. But wait a minute, as there’s much more you can find on Snap!‘s ‘The Power’. Itself pretty much standing as a complex although subtle blend of samples. From Chaka Khan‘s ‘Some Love’ to Chill Rob G‘s ‘Let The Words Flow’. Not to mention Mantronix‘s ‘King Of Beats’.
As a matter of fact, ‘The Power’ is pretty much a Hip-Hop concept in its construction. Although many are those who tagged it as “Eurodance”. This on the heels of those big European Dance hits such as Blackbox‘s ‘Ride On Time’, although some observers presented the latter as “Spaghetti House”. But also Technotronic‘s ‘Pump Up The Jam’ although hailing from Belgium.
‘The Power”s formula just happened to be irresitible at the time. Running around an unmissable, powerful and bouncing vocal hook (featuring Penny Ford and Jackie Harris) along with Turbo B‘s in yer face rap. With thanks to its firing production work by the likes of Luca Anzilotti and Michael Münzing. Thus bringin’ Snap! to take the floors by storm at the time.
Some other reviewers eventually tagged it as “Hip-House” although, to be honest, I never really saw the connection. Even 30 years after…
Like it or not, Snap! has never been a band. But more of a studio concept with various line-ups along with time. If not a trademark belonging to German producers Luca Anzilotti and Michael Münzing. Themselves remembered for joinin’ forces with Sven Väth under the Off guise back in 1985 and eventually give birth to the memorable ‘Electrica Salsa’ the year after.
Snap!‘s first hit happened to be the aptly titled ‘The Power’ with American singer Penny Ford and Rapper Turbo B takin’ the lead. They then released ‘Oops Up’, a so to say response to the classic ‘Oops Up Side Your Head’ by the likes of the Gap Band with whom Ford happened to work for some time as a backing singer. Then would come ‘Cult Of Snap’ and, soon after, ‘Mary Had A Little Boy’. Itself standing as a so to say echo to Sarah Josepha Hale‘s 1830 ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’. As many cuts one might find on Snap!‘s ‘World Power’ debut-album back in 1990.
Strangely enough, ‘The Madman’s Return’, Snap!‘s second album, would see the light in three different editions. With the third one bringin’ extra heavyweight singles such as ‘Colour Of Love’ and ‘Rhythm Is A Dancer’, their biggest success ever. Not to mention ‘Exterminate’. Meanwhile their third (and last) album saw Snap! not only changing once again their line-up (exit Turbo B) but also venturing into Trance Music. Beginning with its title track. In other words, ‘Welcome To Tomorrow’.
Snap! disbanded in 1996, however they made a quick return four years later. This with a cut by the likes of ‘Gimme a Thrill’ along with a rap courtesy of Turbo B. A bunch of singles appeared now and then during the 2000’s, but none of them generated a significant success in the end.