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

Posted by DjPaulT on April 18th, 2017


“Pump Up the Volume” is the only single by British recording act M|A|R|R|S. Recorded and released in 1987, it was a number-one hit in many countries and is regarded as a significant milestone in the development of British acid house music and music sampling. The song derives its title directly from a lyrical sample from “I Know You Got Soul”, a hit single by labelmates Eric B. & Rakim, released months prior in that same year.

The single was the product of an uneasy collaboration between electronic group Colourbox and alternative rock band A R Kane, two groups signed to the independent label 4AD. The link-up was suggested by label founder Ivo Watts-Russell after the two groups had independently sounded him out about the possibility of releasing a commercially oriented dance record, inspired by the American house music that was starting to make an impact on the UK chart. When the M|A|R|R|S project was first released early in 1987, the popularity of the style of the song had already started to grow.

Pump Up The Volume 7:10
Rap [Additional Rapping] – Emix*

Pump Up The Volume (Bonus Beat) 4:45

Pump Up The Volume (Instrumental) 5:06
Engineer – Steve Osborne
Engineer [Assistant] – Julian Adair

Anitina (First Time I See She Dance) 4:22
Drums – Colourbox
Mixed By – Ivo*, John Fryer
Music By – A.R. Kane

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1988 Pump Up The Volume U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #13
1988 Pump Up The Volume U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & Tracks #8
1988 Pump Up The Volume U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #1


Label: 4th & Broadway ‎– BWAY 452
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop
Style: House, Instrumental, Acid House, Leftfield

Art Direction, Design – Vaughan Oliver
Engineer – Lincoln Fong (tracks: A1 to B1)
Guitar – A. R. Kane* (tracks: A1 to B1)
Mastered By – Herbie Jr :^)*
Music By – Martyn Young (tracks: A1 to B1), Steve Young* (tracks: A1 to B1)
Photography By, Artwork [Set Construction]Panni Charrington
Producer – M. Young*
Sampler [Samples] – John Fryer (tracks: A1 to B1)
Scratches [Scratching] – C.J. Mackintosh* (tracks: A1 to B1)
Scratches, Performer [Drop Ins] – Dave Dorrell (tracks: A1 to B1)

The “Mars Needs Women” vocal sample comes from the movie, “Mars Needs Women” (1967).

A Colourbox / A.R. Kane Collaboration

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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18 Responses to “M|A|R|R|S – Pump Up The Volume (US 12″)”

  1. ex15 Says:

    Thanks Paul…:)


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ex15 🙂


  2. pjanus Says:

    Thanks, my Vinyl Master 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome pjanus 🙂


  3. Bryan Says:

    Hi Paul,

    Thank you so much for this one. This is one of my 12-inchers which has sadly been warped, I still have it, but have been reluctant to try any retrieval method thus far 🙁 (You don’t happen to know of a tried and tested method of reducing vinyl warping do you?).

    I was well into this type of stuff back in the day, well…I still am really.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    There are many methods Bryan. A quick Google search will bring up many of them. I heard putting the record between two pieces of glass and putting it in the sun may work but never tried it 🙂


    Dirk Reply:

    Decades ago lot of people got used to the heat of their then new automatized radiator-heating-systems and it came along with stuff they forgot to take of the radiator. 45’s and elpees were famous for that .. I have never met anyone who had one restored so that i could not hear it. The grooves were melted as well mostly.
    Save the cover
    and make a clock, or a bracelet, a new version of SpinTheBottle of the carrier. I am sorry.
    Or, anyone else who does have sound advise for this problem?


  4. NKelly Says:

    At long last. This site has been crying out for this! I’d so appreciate other 7 and 12 inches of M/A/R/R/S: Pump up the volume. There’s a plethera of mixes would be absolutely amazing to have them all in one place and in the BTG quality! I’ve discovered so many versions over the years. When i think i have them all, another seems to turn up on a compilation CD. I lost track of how many i have many years ago. I’ve suggested a CD release of them all together to a member or two behind this but no luck so far. Many, many thanks!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I only have this 12″ and the UK remix which I will post tomorrow Neil 🙂


    NKelly Reply:

    No problem great news about the other 12″ which I see you’ve just posted! I have the UK 7″, 12″ plus the CD single!


  5. Rafael Cova Says:

    YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHH Thanks Paul, Love it!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Rafael 🙂


  6. Emodleo Says:

    What a classic. Nice one Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Emodleo 🙂


  7. Jeff Says:

    First, “Beat Dis” and now “Pump Up The Volume!!” Oh, be still my heart!!! Paul, you are so unbelievable. This is my sort of music. Half the fun of these records is trying to find out the original records that make up the beats and grooves. This song was so creative and so many people couldn’t resist the rhythm. First time I heard this jam, I was so proud because I knew “Trommeltanz” by George Kranz. I even got to introduce “Din Daa Daa” to some of my friends. It surely expanded their listening habits that’s for sure. And I loved the sample from Nuance too. That orgasmic, “AAAHH” was so excellent. And yes, there were so many mixes to this record. Absolutely phenomenal stuff.

    I even liked the flip-side too. “Anitina (First Time I See She Dance)” was so experimental. Like it was inspired by the Art Of Noise and the genre of dub. I love weird records like this. (Oh, flash-back to that great Tears For Fears B-Side you posted,
    “Empire Building” as I love the leftfield alternative vibe to that song.) Yes, records like these made me seek out so many others in the same field. I guess I am a breaks fanatic because I love me some beats. And Paul, you are doing so many of us a favor, especially the Disc Jockey among us, because you give us the dubs, instrumentals and beats versions which are so lost. I go on Youtube sometimes, just to hear a favorite, and it’s all so distorted and sounds like breakfast cereal: Snap! Crackle! Pop! You are such an audio archeologist, digging up buried treasures that I have thought lost. Thanks for all of this percussive preservation!!




    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re most welcome Jeff. The Wikipedia page for this song list all the samples used pretty awesome 🙂


  8. James Ingles Says:

    Steven Young died on 13 July 2016 as i mention in the other PUTV post comments…
    Looking forward to comparing these with the UK CD single I have!


  9. Jasons2 Says:

    Thank you very much Paul


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