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M|A|R|R|S – Pump Up The Volume (Remix) (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 19th, 2017


“Pump Up the Volume” is the only single by British recording act M|A|R|R|S. Recorded and released in 1987. In Europe a second 12″ single was released featuring a “Remix”. This remix became the best-known version of the track, transforming it by the addition of numerous samples which provided the record with additional hooks besides its oft-repeated title chant, such as samples of tracks by Public Enemy, Criminal Element Orchestra and the Bar-Kays being used. It was this remix, rather than the original, that was edited down to create the 7-inch version of the track, which began picking up radio play.

The single reached #1 on the U.K. singles chart.

Pump Up The Volume (Remix) 6:28
Engineer, Sampler – John Fryer
Guitar – A.R. Kane
Music By – S. & M. Young
Producer – M. Young*
Scratches – C.J. Mackintosh*
Scratches, Performer [Drop Ins] – Dave Dorrell

Anitina (The First Time I See She Dance) (Remix) 7:45
Drums – Colourbox
Music By – A.R. Kane

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: 4AD ‎– BAD 707 R
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: 07 Sep 1987
Genre: Electronic
Style: House, Dub, Big Beat

Art Direction, Design – Vaughan Oliver
Artwork [Set Construction], Photography By – Panni Charrington
Mastered By – JA*

Recorded at Blackwing

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon 2M Bronze
Isolation: Auralex Acoustics ISO-Tone Turntable Isolation Platform
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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19 Responses to “M|A|R|R|S – Pump Up The Volume (Remix) (UK 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Such a treat to get this remix from you Paul. I have two of the CD5’s that came out in the 80’s, but they are the original versions of the track. Thank you so much for this version to add to my collection. This has been an incredible week thus far Paul. I only wonder what tricks you have left up your sleeve to complete it? In all honesty, coming to your site day after day is a cherished and definite high-light to my days. You are a Sweetheart!!




    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff. Hope you are having a great day 🙂


  2. Jon Lorenz Says:

    One Two Punch! Amazing. Put the needle on the record! These rips are incredible. Thank you.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jon Lorenz 🙂


  3. Song_and_Dance Says:

    That´s a real treat Paul. I love the original but the remix is even better and better known over here. I had a day off today and enjoyed listening to the original and the bonus beats (unknown to me) on my car´s surround system. Well, I know what I will listen to going to work tomorrow morning 🙂 And I WILL pump up the volume 🙂

    Thank you, Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    That’s great Song_and_Dance. Hope you are enjoying your day off 🙂


  4. Bryan Says:

    Hi Paul,

    I know you promised this in a post yesterday, but I still feel you’re spoiling us this week with stuff from the UK House scene!

    Many thanks indeed,



    DjPaulT Reply:

    It’s good to be spoiled now and then Bryan 🙂


  5. ozzmosis Says:

    Thank you for this and the US version! I have the Australian 12″ (unfortunately pretty worn) which oddly seems to have shortened versions of both the Pump remix and Anitina: https://www.discogs.com/MARRS-Pump-Up-The-Volume/release/1389528

    30 years later I finally get to hear the original US 12″ mix. 🙂


    Osc Reply:

    Not that odd (though still annoying of course) The UK and Euro versions also have the short versions.
    Even worse, I have the original UK CD-single which had more tracks than it’s Euro counterparts. It’s a Nimbus disc from the late 80s though, and unplayable today due to disc bronzing and data rot. 🙁


    Alex G Reply:

    If that Discogs listing you linked to is correct, those aren’t edits, they’re the full-length original UK tracks, pre-remix.


  6. James Ingles Says:

    Just wanted to mention that in a year of many music related deaths, Steven Young died on 13 July 2016, he was a founding member of Colourbox and this collaboration they did with AR Kane.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for letting us know.


  7. archiefax Says:

    As a massive Colourbox fan I found this to be rather curious and dare I say a bit commercial, although loved what 4AD were doing music-wise at the time (Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Throwing Muses). Loved just as much the beautiful artwork courtesy of 23 Envelope (was planning to do my college work-experience with them back in ’88, but finances wouldn’t allow – always regret that!).


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you for your comment archiefax love it when I get to hear the back stories from my readers 🙂


  8. Fred Says:

    I have to say that I always liked the USA versions/mixes far better than the UK mixes/versions…mainly because I found the samples to be different…not different words, but actually different samples of the SAME WORDS. If you spin up the US and UK versions of this classic, you will hear the relatively same placement of samples, yet the samples are different people/groups that was the sample.

    An example of what I am talking about it is: 7:12 USA mix at 2:05 (Do it do it!) vs. 6:27 UK Remix at 1:41 (Do it do it!) and 3:20 on the USA mix and 2:54 on the UK Remix (automatic, rhymatic, world control…).

    I thought that this may have been due to copyrights but in 1987 people sampled whatever they wanted basically for free. But it’s possible they used different samples to give shout outs to the USA vs. UK bands/artists they sampled from.

    Either way, living in the USA, I am so used to the USA mixes (hard to actually call them mixes 🙂 ) that listening to the UK versions is very awkward…especially with the UK versions missing the classic Din Daa Daa by George Kranz sample.

    For those interested, check out the Instrumental and Bonus Beats mixes which is on the USA CD5.

    Oh…1 last tidbit of goodness…did you notice who did the scratches on this tune? He’s remixed tons of huge artists/tracks in the late 80s and 90s…including one of my all-time favorites: Janet Jackson.

    Thanks for the rip, Paul!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Fred 🙂


  9. Shelf Says:

    An absolute classic of the highest order. Replaced my vinyl with CDs, but miss the brilliant 23 Envelope sleeves. Thanks for the exceptional scans, Paul.


  10. Jasons2 Says:

    Thank you very much Paul


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