ILM's 2005 collaborative mix project hoonja-doonja!

April 02, 2005

George Kranz, "Din Daa Daa"

"Din Daa Daa" was a popular underground dance hit for George Kranz in the early '80s, and boy oh boy has he tried to cash in on it. If you take a look at his page at Discogs there have been 18 distinct releases of this single from 1983 to 2001. That's maximalism for ya! Of course the irony is that the best compilation to find this track, Tommy Beat's incredible series The Perfect Beats, is out of print at the moment.

What does it sound like then? Well, never mind the glaring synths and insistent motorik groove: the real thing that puts it over-the-top are the teutonic doo-wop/scat vocals! Basically, there is a bass vocal repeating "din daa daa, dan doo doo" over and over while George scats over it for five minutes with all the finesse of a sledgehammer. And I can't tell you how much I love the middle section where George mimics arena-rock drum solos with his mouth and then has the synth drums echo him in a similiarly tackless manner. Not to mention those hilarious chriping bird vocals at the end. It might all be a gimmick, but it sure is entertaining.

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