SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY): Master Blaster – How Old Are You 2014

Sometimes half of the fun of sharing music is learning (or trying to figure out the story behind it). When a song has a year on it, that means it’s an updated version. The original version came out in 2003 and shares the style of Scooter “The Night” – a frantic europop track sampling an Italodisco classic with a German guy randomly talking over it. Whereas “The Night” sampled the Valerie Dore song of the same name, “How Old Are You” sampled a few lines of the Miko Mission 1984 song of the same name. The new 2014 version keeps those elements in place, adding a filter over the vocals so they sound like they were lifted from a disco house track. While the beats are still pounding europop, they are kind of softened and more bouncy, though this might also be the results of the numbing effect of 2 years of listening to relentless, pounding electro. The random German guy talking is also further in the background, thankfully. What makes this a great Sunday Funday record is the video featuring two older men reliving childhood activities and games and having the time of their life. While it is unclear if they are friends or longtime companions, it radiates that warm cuddly feeling of growing old with someone you love and still finding magic in the simple things of life.

Image courtesy of Zooland Music.

Master Blaster – How Old Are You 2014


Surprisingly, there hasn’t been a vocal version of the club hit “Million Voices” by Otto Knows, so leave it to the German hardcore pop stars Scooter to create one. Those guys do have a great ear for mashups and covers. Who else would have dug up the obscure italodance track “The Night” by Valerie Dore for a happy hardcore rerub? Combine the hook of “Million Voices” with the chorus of Beverly Craven’s ’90s pop hit “Promise Me” (you know, the lyrics used by Lazard for “4am” in 2002) and a rap by iconic frontman H.P Baaxter and you’ve got the recipe for Scooter’s “4 AM.” A total guilty pleasure, it’s utterly addictive and makes a fun track for club kids, pop fans, and trainspotters alike.

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