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- foreword -
Have you discovered the marvelous sound of Scooter recently and need to know the Scooter basics as fast as possible? Well, read on then! In case the basics are too basic for you, surf carefully throughout the STi site to find out more and more info and facts or read through the discussions and join the Scooter fan community. So, are you ready to set off?STARTING WITH SCOOTER
- biography - how has is begun? -
Scooter, by that time just a project, was found between 1993 - 1994 (exact date is not known as the very first Scooter single was released in 1993 as 12" and in 1994 as MCD, most of the fans cannot agree on a year). The founding members were H.P. Baxxter (born 16-03-1966 in Leer, Germany as Hans-Peter Geerdes), Rick J. Jordan (born 01-01-1968 in Hannover, Germany as Hendrik Stedler), H.P.'s cousin Ferris Bueller (born 29-09-1971 in Freiburg, Germany as Sören Bühler) and Jens Thele (born 20-12-1968 in Germany as Jens Thele). Among original members should have been also H.P.'s sister Britt Maxime and Slin Thompson, H.P.'s and Rick's former band mates, however, anyone of them have ever join Scooter.
Scooter's very first release was instrumental (so far the only instrumental single) Vallée De Larmes. The second release was called Hyper Hyper, which was created spontaneously during Jens's and H.P.'s DJ show in German club Palladium. Neither of the tracks was a success until the re-edition of Hyper Hyper was released, including the new remixes, which caused a massive craze for Scooter. The single reach no. 2 on German dance chart and set off the madness called Scooter.
- biography - was there anything before scooter? -
In 1986 H.P. and Rick founded avant-garde synthesizer band called Celebrate The Nun. Beside H.P. and Rick H.P.'s sister Britt Maxime and Slin Thompson were the other members. Slin left the band after the release of the first album. When the whole band split-up, he returned and resurrected the band under the name Celebrate The None (including none of the original members except Slin of course).
When Celebrate The Nun split-up, both H.P. and Rick left the business, but shortly after Love Parade '93 they together with Ferris and Jens founded a remix team The Loop! Under the name The Loop! they made remixes for various artists and became well known and famous remix team in Germany. Later on they found the brand name Scooter and released Vallée De Larmes.
- biography - the band development -
The first single was released as MCD in 1994, most people count this date as the date of Scooter foundation. The band has 4 members at that time, Jens lately became the band's manager. Actually Scooter has never appeared in 4, only in 3 in public (however Jens once stand for Michael during a concert) - H.P., Rick and Ferris. They released 5 albums (incl. 1 best of album) and 13 singles! In 1997 they ran world tour Age Of Love Tour '97. Nevertheless the incredible pace was spoiling the atmosphere inside the band and a break was unavoidable. During the break Ferris decided to leave the band in order to live less hectic and have more time for his own projects. The 1st chapter ends...
Ferris was replaced by a studio assistant Axel Coon (born 23-03-1975 in Hamburg, Germany as Axel Broszeit). This was the start of the 2nd chapter, during which Scooter released 7 more albums (incl. 2 best ofs and 1 live album) and 10 more singles! They ran 3 more world tours - No Time To Chill Tour '99, Sheffield Tour '00 and Push The Beat For This Jam Tour '02. During the last tour Axel fell ill and decided to leave the band. The 2nd chapter ends...
His successor was DJ Jay Frog (born 07-05-1976 in Ludwigshafen, Germany as Jürgen Frosch), who stand for Axel during his illness and made few remixes for Scooter. The first single of the 3rd chapter (often count as 2nd chapter single however Jay Frog can be seen in the videoclip) became the band's first no. 1 single on German dance chart. The legendary Hyper Hyper reached "only" 2nd rank. Scooter released 5 more albums (incl. 1 live) and 10 more singles! However, after 4 years Jay left the band (most of the fans were pretty disappointed and annoyed about him leaving). Official reason was same as before, Jay wanted to focus more on his own career, however H.P. has admitted that it was difficult to work with him in the studio during the last months so they decided the best solution was him to quit). The 3rd chapter ends...
Jay was replaced by a long time Scooter's friend DJ Michael Simon (born 29-08-1972 in Hamburg, Germany as Michael Simon, probably). Michael made couple of remixes for Scooter during the 1st chapter era and was even one of the support acts during the Age Of Love Tour '97. The 4th chapter has begun...
- biography - how many members does the band have? -
There's plenty of people around Scooter, however, the band itself
consists of 3 members:
Jens Thele (1994 - present) - management
H.P. Baxxter and Rick J. Jordan are the only members who have been
in the band since its beginning. The position of the "3rd man" is
being exchanged every 4 years (actually this is not a rule, however
all the previous "3rd men" stayed in the band for 4 years only):
Only H.P. and Rick are married. H.P. married Kathy, but divorced her few years after. During the shooting of Maria (I Like It Loud) videoclip he met his current wife Simone Mostert. They have no children yet. Rick is married to Nikk, their daughter Keira was born in August 21st, 2007. Other member, both current and ex have no children. Jens got married in May 2008.STARTING WITH SCOOTER
- discography -
If you have a passion of collecting original Scooter releases, the band's discography is divided into chapters (according to the changes on the position of the "3rd man"). There are 4 chapter's so far. Nevertheless, there is another "unofficial" discography distribution:
"Basic discography" consists only of standard releases such as common singles and albums. There's no united view on what belongs to the basic discography and what does not, some says basic discography should consists also of remixes and limited editions.
"Advanced discography" consist of basic discography and everything else ever released (fakes excluded!). Any international releases of both singles and albums released on CDs and vinyl (e.g. Holland, Australian, Japanese, UK etc. editions), MCs, DVDs, VHSs, promos and so on and so forth (releases with remixes, project releases, CTN releases etc.). The advanced discography consists of hundreds of pieces.
See the list below for what is considered "basic discography" according to ST:
...And The Beat Goes On!
Our Happy Hardcore
Age Of Love (or Age Of Love Limited Edition)
Rough And Tough And Dangerous - The Singles '94 / '98
Back To The Heavyweight Jam (or BTTHJ Strictly Limited Fuck The
Sheffield (or Sheffield Limited Edition)
We Bring The Noise (or We Bring The Noise Limited Edition)
Push The Beat For This Jam (The Second Chapter)
Encore - Live And Direct
24 Carat Gold
The Stadium Techno Experience (or The Stadium Techno Experience
Mind The Gap Basic (or Mind The Gap Regular or Mind The Gap
Who's Got The Last Laugh Now? (or Who's Got The Last Laugh Now?
The Ultimate Aural Orgasm (or The Ultimate Aural Orgasm Limited
Jumping All Over The World (or Jumping All Over The World Limited
Jumping All Over The World - Whatever You Want Standard (or JAOTW
Premium or JAOTW Deluxe)
Under The Radar Over The Top
Live In Hamburg
If you have these releases in you collection, congratulations, you own the basic discography. Now go ahead and start collecting the rest. There's no one in the world having the complete advanced discography, but there are some people who have most of it (say Sandra or Adacho). So hurry up to the discography section to check what you're still missing. And believe me, collecting can be hell expensive.STARTING WITH SCOOTER
- concerts and tours -
Scooter have lots and lots of concerts every year, mostly in Germany and Europe, but often also in Russia and some other countries all over the world - USA (Chicago), Africa (Namibia) or Asia (Japan). Their shows are always very loud and powerful with plenty of pyro effects, lights and lasers. Every fan should have been to a concert at least once, seeing is believing.
The first tour was called the Age Of Love Tour '97. Support acts were Brooklin Bouce and Shanin & Simon (that Simon who became the "3rd man" in Scooter in 4th chapter). There's is a lack of information or photos nowadays.
It is said, that there were Friends Club Tour and Wicked! Club Tour prior the Age Of Love Tour, however, the info is not verified.
It is also said that Axel stand for sick Rick during some of the Age Of Love Tour '97 concerts.
Next tour was in 1999. During No Time To Chill Tour '99 Scooter played lots of singles and tracks from the 1st chapter which has never been played again.
Only a year after the previous tour there was a next tour. Sheffield Tour '00 was a bit similar to No Time To Chill Tour '99, Scooter played some tracks they have never played again. During next tour, the Push The Beat For This Jam Tour '02 Axel fell sick and was replaced by Jay, who later replaced him also in a band.
During the 3rd chapter there were 2 more tours, We Like It Loud Tour '04 and Who's Got The Last Laugh Now? Tour '06. Both of the tours were huge, each one better than the previous. A black metal legend Jeff Mantas was a guest star during Who's Got The Last Laugh Now? Tour '06 playing alongside Scooter. Massive!
The last tour so far was called Jumping All Over The World Tour '08, the first 4th chapter tour. The tour was introduced as surprised and it really was. A group of guys from the Netherlands called Sheffield Jumpers accompanied Scooter on stage performing marvelous jumpstyle dance.
Tour concerts are always better and longer than solo concerts. If you hesitate whether to go or not either to a concert or to a tour, stop it and go, but count long queues and waiting hours if you want to be in a front rows. Anyway, it's an experience, it's a life!STARTING WITH SCOOTER
- projects -
H.P. himself uses lots of pseudonyms (e.g. Sheffield Dave, Ice, Candyman, Screaming Lord, Keyser Soze, Notorious Dave, Shotgun MC and tons of others) and Scooter do so. Sometimes they want to try something new, try a different sound or try selling records without a famous name or they change the name just for fun, just to see how famous DJs, who would have never played Scooter, are playing their record not knowing it's actually Scooter who made it.
The most known project is called Ratty. Ratty were first mentioned on No Time To Chill album. Later, B-site She's The Sun single track was called Sunrise (Here I Am) in Ratty's Inferno remix was released. Who is Ratty? That exceptional B-side was released as Ratty - Sunrise (Here I Am) and became world wide hit instantly, followed up by the second Ratty single Livin' On Video. Who Ratty were was discovered in Push The Beat For This Jam album booklet.
Other Scooter projects were much less lasting, usually only one instrumental track was released under each name. Project releases are often expected to be later eleased under the name Scooter, which is not always true.
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