Chart Performance: Pop (#2) & R&B (#10); 1990
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
If you’re familiar with artist credit lines, you’d naturally assume that Felly was the featured vocalist on Pump Up The Jam. In fact, Felly was the non-singing model who appeared in the video and lip-synced the lyrics. The voice behind the blue-lipsticked model from Zaire belonged to 16 year-old rapper Yah Kid K. “K” wrote Jam with a former philosophy-teacher-turned-record producer named Jo Bogaert. To confuse matters even more Kid’s birth name was Manuela Barbara Moasco Kamosi and Bogaert was born Thomas DeQincey, an American who moved to Belgium in search of fame and fortune. The third key ingredient was another rapper, MC Eric from Wales, whose last name was Martin. Whatever the goings-on behind-the-scenes, Pump Up The Jam delivered the goods and international dance fans made it a platinum seller. In a final twist to the story, Felly, the pseudo vocalist, didn’t even speak English.
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- Thomas De Quincey
Lyrics Written by:
- Manuela Kamosi
- Thomas de Quincey
- Farley “Jackmaster” Funk (uncredited)