Scooter are a much-maligned group. Often hated by the underground and made fun of by the commercial scene they cut a controversial figure in the world of dance music.\r\n\r\nA large part of that ridicule comes from their front man MC HP and his often ridiculous, yet thoroughly entertaining lyrics.\r\n\r\nNow don\u2019t get us wrong, we love Scooter here at Retroheadz HQ and MC HP is an absolute legend.\r\n\r\nYet for some completely unknown reason he often just recites lyrics from old classics or shouts about \u201cDave from Sheffield\u201d or \u201cHow Much Is The Fish?\u201d But he\u2019s a great front man none the less.\r\nAllow us to change your minds.\r\nWhat a lot of the haters may not realise is that behind all this they have written some absolutely awesome tunes that deserve to be heard.\r\n\r\nMany of them should have been classics on the underground rave scene and were it not for the name attached to them, they would have been.\r\n\r\nWith this in mind let RTetroheadz take you on a trip to discover the best Scooter tracks that don\u2019t feature MC HP and prove that they are far more than the novelty act you might think of Scooter as.\r\n\r\nNote. Whilst some of these do have vocals they are sampled as opposed to being performed live.\r\nBeautiful Vibes\r\n\r\nTaken from 1995\u2019s \u2026and the beat goes on! Beautiful Vibes is a classic Hardcore roller.\r\n\r\nExcellent breakbeats, a fantastic piano and a chipmunk vocal that has 1995 written all over it. How this wasn\u2019t caned at the raves is beyond us.\r\n\r\n\r\nChinese Whispers\r\n\r\nAs Scooter\u2019s career progressed so did their influences.\r\n\r\nChinese Whispers is a Hard Trance workout that would smash most dancefloors apart.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s stunning ethnic vocal and tough as nails kick make it an instant classic.\r\n\r\nThis was on Scooter's 2001 album We Bring the Noise!\r\n\r\n\r\nUnity Without Words Pt:2\r\n\r\nUnity Without Words Pt:2 was the B-Side to their massive 1995 single Back in the UK and is essentially a stripped back remix.\r\n\r\nGone are the cheesy Miss Marple sample and MC HP\u2019s vocals, leaving behind a stomping Hardcore track with an epic piano line. Absolutely massive.\r\n\r\n\r\nExperience\r\n\r\nThis is a seriously atmospheric tune that straddles the line between early German Hard Trance and Hardcore.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s dark and uplifting with an awesome synth line and some great breakbeats to match and one hell of a breakdown.\r\n\r\nOne of the standout tracks from 1996\u2019s Our Happy Hardcore Album.\r\n\r\n\r\nAwakening\r\n\r\nScooter released two albums in 1996 and Awakening is taken from the second of those entitled Wicked!\r\n\r\nThis is an all-out Freeform stomper and was years ahead of its time.\r\n\r\nBelieve us when we tell you that this is one of the best intro tunes for a freeform set you could ever use, if only people would have given it a chance.\r\n\r\n\r\nDifferent Reality\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re going to introduce yourselves\u00a0to the world as a dance act then this is the way to do it.\r\n\r\nThe opening track from their 1995 debut album \u2026and the beat goes on!\r\n\r\nIt is a floaty trance tune with tinges of Hardcore influence. A genuinely beautiful piece of music that sets up the album perfectly.\r\nForever (Keep me Running)\r\n\r\nTaken from the 1997 album Age of Love, Forever (Keep me Running) is full of Ibiza spirit.\r\n\r\nTrance was growing massively at the time and this had the potential to be an Ibiza Trance classic.\r\n\r\nThe Balearic influence is clear, from the acoustic guitar to the Trance synths and vocal, it\u2019s a hands in the air celebration of summer.\r\n\r\n\r\nRaving in Mexico\r\n\r\nTechnically MC HP does appear on this track but only on the intro so we\u2019ll let it slide.\r\n\r\nOnce the beat kicks in this is an all-out Happy Hardcore classic complete with ethereal synths and a heavy bass.\r\n\r\nThis one just stomps along relentlessly and once the acid line kicks in you\u2019re hooked.\r\n\r\n\r\nColdwater Canyon\r\n\r\nAnother track from 1996\u2019s Wicked! Album.\r\n\r\nColdwater is a dream of epic synths and rolling bass.\r\n\r\nA genuine trance monster complete with a chillout infused breakdown that will have you reaching for the skies whilst hugging your raving buddies before it erupts in a flurry of high energy stabs and pianos.\r\n\r\nEpic!\r\n\r\n\r\nRhapsody in E\r\n\r\nThere is no doubt in our minds which tune should be number one on this list. Rhapsody in E is taken from \u2026and the beat goes on! This was also a B-Side on the 1994 Hyper Hyper single.\r\n\r\nIf Scooter had released this as the A-side things could have been very different for them.\r\n\r\nNot just one of their best tunes but we would go out on a limb and say one of the best Dance music tracks of all time.\r\n\r\nThere really isn\u2019t anything else like this and it\u2019s hard to categorise. Beautiful synths, high energy rhythm, squelching Acid and stunning pianos.\r\n\r\nIt just builds and builds into something unique with a huge swell of nostalgia.\r\n\r\nWe hope you liked our choices and if you were a Scooter hater before then we hope you\u2019ve given us a chance to change your mind. It\u2019s not all about Moving your ass whilst being Hyper Hyper you know:)\r\n\r\nEnjoyed this? Why not check out The Happiest Happy Hardcore Tracks Of The 90's.