"Who Let the Dogs Out" wasn't the first song to send a stadium into a tizzy. In 1995, ESPN released a compilation celebrating the art of moving sports fans with music. Here, on its 20th anniversary, is an update on all 14 artists on Jock Jams, Volume 1.
This is an article from the July 6, 2015 issue
"Twilight Zone" and "Get Ready for This"
Dutch singers Ray Slijngaard and Anita Doth split up in 1996 to explore solo careers (Google "Do You Think I'm Sexy" to find out how that went ... better yet, don't) but reunited in 2009, put out a greatest hits album and resumed touring. Whaddya say: July 19 in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, anyone?
"Whoomp! There It Is"
Twenty-two years after Denver high school buddies Steve Gibson and Cecil Glenn reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, the rappers still pocket as much as $70,000 a year from use of "Whoomp!" They go uncompensated, however, when it's chanted at Brazilian soccer games and at MMA matches, where it remains oddly popular.
"Strike It Up"
The Italian group still has a hold on hockey fans: The playing of "Strike It Up" at Madison Square Garden continues to send New York Rangers superfan Dancin' Larry into an arm-flapping frenzy. A history lesson, Larry: Black Box inspired legislation in 1990 by failing to credit singer Martha Wash, whose vocals were lip-synched in the video by a model. That's now forbidden.
The eight-member outfit failed to live up to the everlasting nature of its hit's eponym: The Boyz' last album, "Trunk Funk 101," fell flat in 2001. Lead singer La Shaun Van Bryant, at least, enjoyed solo success: He worked with T-Pain and Jay Z, wrote the theme song to the movie Space Jam and, in '08, released a clothing line.
"Come Baby Come"
Born Louis Sharpe, K7 rode "Come Baby Come" to No. 18 on the Billboard charts in 1993, then in the early 2000s rejoined the Latin freestyle group TKA. In '12 that trio was invited to throw out the first pitch at a Marlins game; alas, K7 lost a coin flip and a bandmate made the toss.
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
"It Takes Two"
They split in 1989, one year after releasing what would become an all-time dance favorite. Base went solo; E-Z Rock began dealing with the diabetes that would take his life in 2014, at 46. Today their song backs up J.J. Watt's gyrating in a Verizon ad, and it's the walk-up music for Red Sox catcher David Ross, who says the ditty evokes "childhood fun times."
C+C Music Factory
"Gonna Make You Sweat"
A lip-synching scandal (involving the same singer from "Strike It Up") and poor sophomore-album sales slowed C+C, but the 1995 death of co-producer David Cole officially ended the band. (That is, until a short-lived 2010 comeback.) Lead singer Freedom Williams bought the CBA's Atlanta Krunk in '07, but that team disbanded, too, in '09.
Naughty by Nature
"Hip Hop Hooray"
Three decades spent living up to its name brought the band a litany of legal problems: copyright infringement, weapons possession and an incident last year that ended in a high-speed police chase. In between, the trio played Fenway Park in 2011, becoming the first hip-hop act to face the Green Monster.
"Pump Up the Volume"
One-hit wonder? Yes. But also just one year. The supergroup (the two Brits behind A.R. Kane, plus the members of Colourbox, whose proposed 1986 World Cup anthem was rejected) broke up over financial disagreements in '87 rather than produce the follow-up song they'd discussed.
The Frankfurt dance group found fame in 1990 behind rapper frontman Turbo B, a former special forces bomb technician who's still big in Austria, Australia and Sweden, but the band broke up in '96—and again in 2000. Yet Snap! still moves people: In '11, a 39-story mall in Seoul, South Korea, was evacuated after a Tae Bo class shook the building while exercising to "The Power."
Break up, reunite, repeat. (Current status: active.) Meanwhile the band—whose bassist, Zac Foley, died of an overdose in 2002—has seen its 1991 hit repeatedly repurposed: Hallmark infused musical Mother's Day cards with the rhythm, an ad for Kraft sang about its "crumbelievable" cheese and the Twins surged to a World Series win singing "Twin-believable."
Of the 20-plus men who've gesticulated letters for the disco troupe, all of the mainstays are alive except Glenn Hughes, who in 2001 was buried in his biker getup. The People played the '08 MLB All-Star Game, and after Yankees groundskeepers adopted the dance in 1996, the Daily News wrote that it reminded "us all that this ... cutthroat business is about having a good time."
"Pump Up the Jam"
Post-"Jam," MC Eric and Ya Kid K pursued individual careers, but they ended up on the same stage again in 2009—a reunion that turned into a series of 20th anniversary concerts. Today the two share the stage at '90s throwback shows and record separately.
"Rock and Roll Part 2"
Glitter's sexual abuse of three young girls in the 1970s led to his sentencing in February to 16 years in prison. Deemed to be a "habitual sexual predator" (he served time for sex-related offenses in Vietnam too, in 2006), Glitter, 70, was told by a judge that he'd have received more time if the law allowed.