The two 90’s giants in suits and hats, Scatman John and Lou Bega, have joined forces to release an infectious new single “Scatman & Hatman”, embarking on a musical journey through time! The single is out today across all streaming services exclusively on 9122 Records.
2019 is not only 20th anniversary of “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…),” which became an international smash in 1999 and turned Munich-born singer LOU BEGA into a pop sensation, but it's also the 20th death anniversary of musical magician John Larkin aka Scatman John.
Being from the same era, Lou Bega had always dreamt of collaborating with Scatman John. Unfortunately, John prematurely passed away in 1999…but Lou Bega did not give up on his dream! So while it couldn’t be done in its traditional way, the solution was to use old DAT tapes with vocal recordings of Scatman John.
Lou teamed up with the German producer Roland Spremberg (a-ha), and together they re-created Scatman John's 1994 hit and aptly titled it "Scatman & Hatman". The track mixes the instantly recognisable original hook line with a brand new melody and lyrics…and then all dressed up in a modern hit cloak with Lou’s characteristic swing beat style! The end result - an absolute Fresh & Contemporary re-creation of Scatman John's 1994 smash "Scatman".
Say an elated LOU BEGA on the release of the single, “Twenty years is nothing, like a shadow, a vapor, it’s gone in one second. That’s why I am more than happy to have been traveling in time saying Hi to a new generation. A 90s ScatMambo punch for 2019!!! John Larkin would have loved it indeed!”
Says Sunil D’Sa, Founder, 9122 Records, “Both these 90’s superstars have collectively sold a phenomenal 12 Million albums & 11 Million singles around the world…on CD! They were both pathbreaking and trendsetters in their time. Cut to 2019, a good 20 years since “Mambo #5” created mayhem, as well as the passing away of Scatman John (1999) comes “Scatman & Hatman” – an insanely mind blowing re-creation of Scatman’s 1995 hit! This is as Classic as it is Fresh. It’s one of those instant HITS that will put a smile on your face and pull you to the nearest dancefloor…welcome to the Song Of The Summer!”
Scatman John, Lou Bega “Scatman & Hatman” is now available in India exclusively on 9122 Records across all streaming services.
Check out the track and music video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV7_lOPvkac
Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival of live music.