what is this song? (via video description)
May 5, 2007 8:58 AM   Subscribe

I am trying to identify a techno song I saw the video for a few times, for which I do not remember any lyrics or the artist's name. I do, however, remember several scenes from the video. Googling the more obvious descriptors has failed me.

The song was techno, but I seem to remember there were at least some lyrics. I basically remember two scenes from the video (which were both shown repeatedly):
  • an expensive (yellow?) sports car driving mountain roads, with the band's name on the license plate (so, band name is one word, pretty short)
  • helicopter landing on a mountaintop and discharging passengers, who then join an ongoing party/rave on said mountaintop
I remember really liking the song, but nothing about what it actually sounded like, other than "electronica/techno."

Please help - it's driving me nuts.
posted by timepiece to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
sounds like darude
posted by simbiotic at 9:30 AM on May 5, 2007

here you go: sandstorm
posted by simbiotic at 9:33 AM on May 5, 2007

Best answer: oops sorry -- the yellow car is in feel the beat
posted by simbiotic at 9:34 AM on May 5, 2007

and YAY @ finally a question i can answer on askme!
posted by simbiotic at 9:35 AM on May 5, 2007

Response by poster: Ah yes - I recognized the name Darude as soon as I saw it, and the second song you mentioned is definitely the one. Thanks!
posted by timepiece at 10:12 AM on May 5, 2007

wow. trance REWIND

they've even got one of those Razor scooters in there.
posted by fishfucker at 1:36 PM on May 5, 2007

It's not techno, though.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 2:16 PM on May 5, 2007

yeah, DNB has a point -- if you want to be 'legit' around your dj friends, what you need to do is make up a new genre name for each track.

like, call this one trans-continential-autovoxtrance.

if they question it, just be all "dude, you don't know about trans-continential-autovoxtrance? dude it was all about transco-autovox at the winter music conference. Are you living in some kind of hole? jeez, why don't you just call it TECHNO? i'm outta here, loser."

and then on your way out totally backhand the tonearm out of the groove .. all SKRKKRKEKETEETCHH. that'll show em.
posted by fishfucker at 3:02 PM on May 5, 2007

fishfucker, don't be obtuse.

There are commonly-accepted names for certain genres of music. And while it's true that the genre-nitpicking in electronic music can get out of hand, it's not an entirely useless endeavour. Nobody who knows anything about the music is going to think 'Darude' if someone asks for techno--you'll think Richie Hawtin, Derrick May, whatever.

It's like saying "I'm looking for this rock song," when you're actually looking for some death metal. Utterly pointless.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 4:22 PM on May 5, 2007

i would venture that "I'm looking for this rock song" would be a perfectly acceptable statement coming from someone who doesn't know a lot about death metal.

i apologize for being snarky -- it's a gut reaction whenever I think someone is being exclusive. I felt like the comment "It's not techno" is of little use to the poster, who probably doesn't know that there's a massive and continuously growing taxonomy surrounding electronic music (this is, of course, an assumption on my part -- but if the poster KNEW it wasn't techno, I'd expect they would've been more specific).

For example, I think something like: "This specific genre is probably better known among aficionados as 'trance'"* is something that might be helpful. Heck, this is a perfect opportunity to share your knowledge of electronic genres -- maybe even including a reference to the oft-linked Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music?

For better or worse, to nearly everyone who wasn't/isn't in the electronic music scene, electronic music is techno. Hell, I have a long long history (as I'm sure you do as well) in electronic circles, and even I called the shit techno when I first heard it (although, to be fair, I was first exposed to electronic music through a Tresor comp, so I was listening to what people would more or less still call techno). Everyone's got to start somewhere.

Anyways, this whole thing is making me feel like a goddamned chin scratcher, so I'm going to say I'm sorry again and maybe we can hug it out.

* or eurotrance, or hi-nrg, or whatever the hell you want to call it
posted by fishfucker at 5:23 PM on May 5, 2007

And that Ishkur link looks done broke, so i'll add this one:

Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music

It's a good overview, but there's naturally a lot of stuff to argue about (which is almost seems why folks started classifying electronic into different genres in the first place)
posted by fishfucker at 5:26 PM on May 5, 2007

ah jeez. never mind, my first link was correct.

wow, this is almost a hat trick of confusion.
posted by fishfucker at 5:33 PM on May 5, 2007

Response by poster: Since I indeed have very little knowledge of electronic music, I did have a little bit of disclaimer in the last line:

"I remember ... nothing about what it actually sounded like, other than "electronica/techno.""

Guess I should have used "electronica" everywhere. Generally, I'm more of a classic rock girl, and know pretty much nothing about this genre. But I remembered liking this one, and thought I'd give finding it a try.

And hey, it worked, bad terminology and all.
posted by timepiece at 8:54 PM on May 5, 2007

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