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Penny Ford and Stoli Michaels, 2017
Penny Ford and Stoli Michaels, 2017
Background information
OriginFrankfurt, Germany
Years active1989–1996, 2000–present
LabelsLogic, Arista, Hard2Beat
  • Michael Münzing
  • Luca Anzilotti
  • Stoli Michaels
  • Penny Ford
  • Jesse Kolb
Past members

Snap! is a German Eurodance group formed in 1989 by producers Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti.[1] The act has been through a number of lineup changes over the years, including American singers, songwriters, and rappers Thea Austin, Turbo B, Niki Haris, and Penny Ford. Their best-known hits are "The Power" and "Rhythm Is a Dancer", both of which reached No. 1 in multiple countries.


Previous projects[edit]

Luca Anzilotti and Michael Münzing started working together in 1985 in the group Off (Organisation For Fun), with Sven Väth. They recorded two albums, Organisation for Fun (1988) and Ask Yourself (1989), and a series of singles, including "Electrica Salsa", until 1990.[citation needed]

The two created the side project 16 BIT in 1986 and had success with their first single, "Where Are You?"[2] In 1987, they released the album Inaxycvgtgb for BMG.[3]

Formation and first album[edit]

Anzilotti and Münzing formed Snap! in 1989, under the aliases Benito Benites and John "Virgo" Garrett III, as they thought that the public had negative preconceived ideas of German music.[4] Their first hit, "The Power", which was fronted by American rapper Turbo B and singer Penny Ford, peaked at #2 in Germany in April 1990 and spent five weeks in that position, eventually going Gold for sales of 250,000 units.[1][5][6] The single topped the charts in the United Kingdom and picked up a Silver award for sales of 200,000 units.[7][8] In the U.S., it reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Platinum for 1,000,000 units.[9][10]

Jackie Harris was used to mime Ford's vocals in the "Power" video and left the group shortly after, and Ford became its full-time lead singer, recording the second single, "Ooops Up", a re-working of "I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Ooops!)", a 1980 hit by the Gap Band, with which Penny was a former backing singer.[1] "Oops Up" was another #2 hit in Germany, spending nine weeks in the position.[11] The single entered the top 5 in the UK, picking up another Silver award, and it was awarded a Gold certification in the U.S.[8][12] Further hits followed, with the oriental-sounding "Cult of Snap", which charted at No. 3 in Germany and No. 8 in the UK, and "Mary Had a Little Boy", which reached to No. 4 in Germany, and again No. 8 in the UK.[7][13] The band's first album, World Power, reached No. 7 in Germany, No. 10 in the UK, and No. 30 in the U.S.[7][9][13] The album went Platinum in Germany and Gold in the UK and U.S.[8][13][14]

Second album[edit]

In 1991, American singer, composer, songwriter, and dancer Thea Austin joined Snap!'s lineup and helped write the song "Rhythm Is a Dancer", which was initially planned to be the lead single from the second album but was pushed back, and "Colour of Love" was released in its place. This track managed to peak at No. 9 in Germany but stalled at #No. 54 in the UK.[7][13] "Rhythm Is a Dancer", which used a sample from the song "Automan" by early 1980s American electronic hip hop band Newcleus, was issued as the second single, in July 1992, and went on to become Snap!'s biggest hit to date, shooting to No. 1 in Germany, the UK, France, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Belgium.[7][13][15] In the U.S., it peaked at No. 5, collecting another Gold for sales of 500,000 units.[9][16] At home in Germany, the single went Platinum for 500,000 units and picked up a Gold in the UK for sales of 400,000 units.[6][8] The third single, "Exterminate", charted at No. 3 in Germany and No. 2 in the UK and went Gold in the band's home country.[6]

The Madman's Return, Snap!'s second album, did well in the charts, peaking at No. 3 in Germany and entering the top 10 in the UK, the Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland. Around the time of its release, Turbo B decided to leave the project due to disagreements with the production duo.[7][13][17] The album went Gold in Germany and the UK, for sales of 250,000 units and 100,000 units, respectively.[6][8]

One more single was released, titled "Do You See the Light", and featured Niki Haris.

Third album[edit]

Münzing and Anzilotti recruited Washington, D.C.-born singer Summer (Paula Brown) to front the act for the third album.[citation needed] Snap! moved towards a progressive house sound and released the first single, called "Welcome to Tomorrow (Are You Ready?)", in September 1994. The track peaked at No. 4 in Germany and No. 6 in the UK and was followed by the album, also titled Welcome to Tomorrow.[7][13] The second single, "The First the Last Eternity (Till the End)", was a moderate hit in the UK but reached No. 7 in Germany.[7][13] Snap! released two more singles from the album: "The World in My Hands" and "Rame" (featuring Rukmani), both of which experienced moderate chart entries.[citation needed]

Breakup and return[edit]

In 1996, the group officially disbanded after releasing a greatest hits compilation called Snap! Attack: The Best of Snap!. The album included a new version of their two biggest hits, "The Power '96" and "Rhythm Is a Dancer '96".

The act returned in 2000 with a track entitled "Gimme a Thrill", complete with rap lyrics performed by Turbo B and vocals from the band's newest singer, Maxayn. It did not attract much attention and peaked only at No. 11 in the German dance charts. A new album, called One Day on Earth, was planned for release around this time but was canceled.[citation needed]

A new version of "Do You See the Light", remixed by Plaything, was released in 2002. The following year, a remix album, The Cult of Snap!, came out, and re-worked singles were issued. "Rhythm Is a Dancer 2003" peaked at No. 7 in Germany and No. 17 in the UK, while "The Power (of Bhangra 2003)" charted moderately in Austria, Switzerland, and Denmark.[7][13][18] The act also released a re-done version of "Oops Up!", which featured vocals by NG3 and managed to enter the Swedish charts at No. 40 and the German top 100 singles chart at No. 69.[13]

Buoyed by the success of the remixes, Münzing and Anzilotti went back into the studio with singer Damien Behanan, also known as Loc, and released the single "Beauty Queen" in September 2005 through Luma Music, which peaked within the top 10 on the German dance charts but failed to enter the official charts.[citation needed] The band released another digital download single in 2008, featuring Loc, called "Jumping!", but this also failed to chart.[19]

On 16 June 2008, a new version of "Rhythm Is a Dancer '08" was released as a CD single in the UK, peaking at No. 23.[7]

In 2018, rights to all recordings of Snap!, previously owned by Münzing and Anzilotti, were transferred to BMG Rights Management, a current incarnation of BMG.[citation needed]


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. US. 6 December 1986.
  3. ^ Eddy, Chuck (1997). The Accidental Evolution of Rock'n'roll: A Misguided Tour. Da Capo. ISBN 9780306807411.
  4. ^ "Danceartistinfo.com: Snap! (Biography)". Danceartistinfo.com. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Charts.de: Top 100 Single Official Media Control (09.04.1990)". Media Control. Charts.de. Archived from the original on 5 January 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Snap)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "The Official Charts Company – Snap!". The Official Charts Company. 12 February 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "AllMusic: Snap! (Awards)". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  10. ^ "RIAA: "The Power"". RIAA. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Charts.de: Ooops Up". Media Control. Charts.de. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  12. ^ "RIAA: "Ooops Up"". RIAA. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Charts.de: Snap!" (in German). charts.de. Archived from the original on 5 January 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  14. ^ "RIAA: "World Power"". RIAA. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Gfk Dutch Charts: "Rhythm Is a Dancer"". GfK Dutch Charts (Hung Medien). Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  16. ^ "RIAA: "Rhythm Is a Dancer"". RIAA. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  17. ^ "Gfk Dutch Charts: "The Madman's Return"". GfK Dutch Charts (Hung Medien). Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  18. ^ "Gfk Dutch Charts: "The Power (of Bhangra 2003)"". GfK Dutch Charts (Hung Medien). Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  19. ^ "Jumping – Single by Snap!". iTunes. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2018.

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