Peak UK Chart Position: #5 in November 1991.

Bassheads were Eamonn Deery (aka Desa) and Nick Murphy, who scored an instant hit as part of the new wave of dance music becoming mainstream late in 1991. The same chart had seen new entries from Altern 8, Rozalla, Anticappella, M People, and Joey Negro, with climbers from 2 Unlimited, K-Klass, JAMMS, and Control. The track had been around for a while on white label before being picked up by Deconstruction records – also responsible for the K-Klass and M People tracks.

“Is There Anybody Out There?” relied on samples taken from five different tracks, and were reportedly sued by all except the last one:

  • Afrika Bambaataa – “Just Get Up And Dance” (lyrics)
  • Pink Floyd – “Is There Anybody Out There?” (vocal sample)
  • Osmonds – “Crazy Horses” (guitar riff)
  • Talking Heads – “Once In A Lifetime” (keyboard sample)
  • Ruffneck featuring Cheri Williams – “The Power – The Rhythm” (vocal sample)

They followed it up with “Back To The Old School”, a number 12 hit in June of the following year, and “Who Can Make Me Feel Good?” (from Desa’s own Youtube channel) number 38 in November 1992. “Is There Anybody Out There?” was re-released in 1995, including a new remix by Hardfloor (who also remixed Mory Kante’s “Yeke Yeke” around the same time).

Top of the Pops duly included it on the 21st November 1991 (a show we mentioned whist featuring M People last week), complete with re-sung live vocals and some weird annoying screen static effect. Some clumsy presentation at the beginning and end too, making host Mark Franklin look very awkward.

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