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Strike

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The Baseballs, a trio of Berliners who perform English-language contemporary pop hits in a rock & roll style reminiscent of the '50s, took a swath of Europe by storm in 2009 with their debut album, Strike!, and its two smash hits, "Umbrella" and "Hot N Cold." The grainy black-and-white promotional videos for these respective cover versions of Rihanna and Katy Perry were part of the group's appeal. They're fun videos in which the bandmembers Sam, Digger, and Basti are dressed up like greasers and perform in a rockabilly manner that drives people wild as if they were Elvis Presley. Elsewhere on Strike!, the trio perform nine similarly styled covers (ten if you count the bonus track), most notably Usher's "Love in This Club," Plain White T's' "Hey There Delilah," Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love," Scissor Sisters' "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," and Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love." Most of the songs are recent hits, though there are some older ones like Jennifer Lopez's "Let's Get Loud" from 1999, and Maroon 5's "This Love" from 2004 (the bonus track is even older, a version of Roxette's "The Look" from 1989). There's no question that the Baseballs are a novelty act, and indeed, the novelty starts to wear thin as the album progresses. All the same, these guys are truly talented. For Europeans, they sing very well in English. There's no German accent at all to be heard. They also come up with some inventive arrangements for their vocal harmonies. Moreover, their rock & roll has plenty of kick. While it's questionable whether or not the Baseballs can make a career out of their shtick, Strike! is surely a lot of fun. It's no wonder the trio was successful in not only the German-language, world but also much of Northern Europe.
© Jason Birchmeier /TiVo

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1
Umbrella
00:03:06

Terius Nash, Composer, Lyricist - Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - Christopher A. Stewart, Composer, Lyricist - JMC Music, Producer - Shawn C. Carter, Composer, Lyricist - Thaddis L. Harrell Jr, Composer, Lyricist

© 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company

2
Love in This Club
00:03:19

Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Jamal F. Jones, Composer - Jay W. Jenkins, Lyricist - Keith Thoams, Lyricist - Lamar Taylor, Lyricist - Ryon Jermaine Lovett, Lyricist

© 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company

3
Hey There Delilah
00:03:43

Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Tom Higgenson, Composer, Lyricist

© 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company

4
Bleeding Love
00:03:50

Ryan Tedder, Composer, Lyricist - Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Jesse McCartney, Composer, Lyricist

© 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company

5
Hot N Cold
00:03:36

Max Martin, Composer, Lyricist - Lukasz Gottwald, Composer, Lyricist - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Katy Perry, Composer, Lyricist - P. Lani, Mixer

© 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company

6
I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
00:04:05

Andreas John, Mixer - Elton John, Composer, Lyricist - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Jason Sellards, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Hoffman, Composer, Lyricist

© 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company

7
Don't Cha Explicit
00:04:07

Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Ray Anthony, Composer, Lyricist - Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, Composer, Lyricist

© 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company

8
Let's Get Loud
00:03:29

Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Gloria Estefan, Composer, Lyricist - Kike Santandar, Composer, Lyricist

© 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company

9
Angels
00:03:17

Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Guy Antony Chambers, Composer, Lyricist - Robert Peter Williams, Composer, Lyricist

© 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company

10
Crazy in Love
00:03:16

Beyoncé Knowles, Composer, Lyricist - Andreas John, Mixer - Richard Harrison, Composer, Lyricist - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Eugene Booker Record, Composer, Lyricist - Shaw C. Carter, Composer, Lyricist

© 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company

11
This Love
00:03:32

James Valentine, Composer, Lyricist - Michael Madden, Composer, Lyricist - Ryan Dusick, Composer, Lyricist - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - P. Lani, Mixer - Jesse Carmichael-Adam Levine, Composer, Lyricist

© 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company

12
The Look
00:03:23

Andreas John, Mixer - Per Gessle, Composer, Lyricist - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer

© 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company

13
Chasing Cars (Album Version)
00:02:55

Andreas John, CoProducer - Roland Spremberg, Producer - Marc Schettler, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Additional Mixer - Gary Lightbody, Composer, Lyricist - Jonny Quinn, Composer, Lyricist - Nathan Connolly, Composer, Lyricist - Paul Wilson, Composer, Lyricist - Tom Simpson, Composer, Lyricist

© 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2010 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company

14
No One
00:03:33

Alicia Keys, Composer, Lyricist - D. Harry, Composer, Lyricist - Kerry Brothers, Composer, Lyricist - Andreas John, CoProducer - Roland Spremberg, Producer - Marc Schettler, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Additional Mixer

© 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2010 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company

15
Pokerface
00:02:22

Andreas John, CoProducer - Roland Spremberg, Producer - Marc Schettler, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Additional Mixer - Stefani Germanotta, Nadir Khayat, Composer, Lyricist, Writer

© 2009 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2010 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

The Baseballs, a trio of Berliners who perform English-language contemporary pop hits in a rock & roll style reminiscent of the '50s, took a swath of Europe by storm in 2009 with their debut album, Strike!, and its two smash hits, "Umbrella" and "Hot N Cold." The grainy black-and-white promotional videos for these respective cover versions of Rihanna and Katy Perry were part of the group's appeal. They're fun videos in which the bandmembers Sam, Digger, and Basti are dressed up like greasers and perform in a rockabilly manner that drives people wild as if they were Elvis Presley. Elsewhere on Strike!, the trio perform nine similarly styled covers (ten if you count the bonus track), most notably Usher's "Love in This Club," Plain White T's' "Hey There Delilah," Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love," Scissor Sisters' "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," and Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love." Most of the songs are recent hits, though there are some older ones like Jennifer Lopez's "Let's Get Loud" from 1999, and Maroon 5's "This Love" from 2004 (the bonus track is even older, a version of Roxette's "The Look" from 1989). There's no question that the Baseballs are a novelty act, and indeed, the novelty starts to wear thin as the album progresses. All the same, these guys are truly talented. For Europeans, they sing very well in English. There's no German accent at all to be heard. They also come up with some inventive arrangements for their vocal harmonies. Moreover, their rock & roll has plenty of kick. While it's questionable whether or not the Baseballs can make a career out of their shtick, Strike! is surely a lot of fun. It's no wonder the trio was successful in not only the German-language, world but also much of Northern Europe.
© Jason Birchmeier /TiVo

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