‘We were just clowning about’: how cartoon rave changed pop

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Twenty-five years ago, the British charts exploded with cheap and cheerful songs such as Sesame’s Treet, Trip to Trumpton and Ebeneezer Goode, that turned a whole generation on to dance music

Underage discos could be pretty strange in the early 1990s. You’d get a blast of Nirvana; maybe even REM for the more sophisticated pre-teen. But you were also guaranteed to hear at least one example of speaker-rattling, drug-referencing rave music that borrowed samples of children’s TV tunes for its hooks – samples that its pre-teen audience was too young to have nostalgia for.

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It was pretty bizarre. I had to do Top of the Pops, then carry on working as a chef

There was a time when I’d get annoyed that people would ​be ​go​ing​ on about this tune like it was a joke

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Music blog | The Guardian

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