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"Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)" is a song by American eurodance artist Scatman John (real name John Paul Larkin). The song was released in November 1994 as the lead single from his second album Scatman's World. Sales were slow at first, but the song was picked up by many radio stations and eventually became very successful internationally, reaching number one in many parts of Europe and charting in Australia, New Zealand and in Japan. Counter to standard practice, Larkin performed the song live on Top of the Pops. It was also used in the popular Good Humor ice cream advertising campaign of 1995 - 1996, sung as "I'm a Good Humor Man".

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The lyrics detail how Scatman John overcame his difficulties with stuttering by turning them into the ability to scat-sing, and encourages listeners who stutter not to give up:

Everybody stutters one way or the other, So check out my message to you. As a matter of fact, don't let nothin' hold you back. If the Scatman can do it, brother, so can you.[1]

Track listings[edit]Edit

CD maxi
  1. "Scatman" (Basic-Radio) – 3:30
  2. "Scatman" (Jazz-Level) – 3:41
  3. "Scatman" (Second-Level) – 5:40
  4. "Scatman" (Third-Level) – 5:46
  5. "Scatman" (Game-Over-Jazz) – 5:03
CD maxi 2
  1. "Scatman" (new radio edit) – 3:21
  2. "Scatman" (Pech Remix) – 4:55
    • Remixed by Pech
  3. "Scatman" (Arena di Verona Mix) – 6:04
  4. "Scatman" (extended radio version) – 5:11

Charts and sales[edit]Edit

Peak positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1995) Peak

position

Australia (ARIA)[2] 8
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[2] 1
Canada (RPM)[3] 84
Canada Dance (RPM)[4] 1
Denmark (Tracklisten)[5] 1
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[6] 1
France (SNEP)[2] 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[7] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 1
Italy (FIMI) 1
Japan (Oricon) 36
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 2
New Zealand (RIANZ)[2] 39
Norway (VG-lista)[2] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[10] 1
Spain (Los 40 Principales) 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[2] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[2] 1
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[11] 3
U.S. BillboardHot 100[12] 60
U.S. BillboardHot Dance Club Play[12] 10
U.S. BillboardHot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[12] 15
U.S. BillboardRhythmic Top 40[12] 40
U.S. BillboardTop 40 Mainstream[12] 40

Year-end charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1995) Position
Australian Singles Chart[13] 38
Austrian Singles Chart[14] 8
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[15] 7
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[16] 3
Canada Dance (RPM)[17] 1
Dutch Top 40[9] 11
French Singles Chart[18] 3
Swiss Singles Chart[19] 4

Certifications[edit]Edit

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Austria[20] Gold April 13, 1995 15,000
France[21] Platinum November 16, 1995 500,000
Germany[22] Platinum 1995 500,000
Norway[23] Gold 1995 20,000
Switzerland[24] Gold 1995 25,000

Chart successions[edit]Edit

Preceded by

"Here Comes the Hotstepper" by Ini Kamoze

Danish Singles Chart number-one single

March 4, 1995 – April 1, 1995 (5 weeks)

Succeeded by

"Sarajevos Born Dem Hab" by Various

Preceded by

"Old Pop in an Oak" by Rednex "Think Twice" by Céline Dion

Norwegian VG-Lista number-one single

9/1995 (1 week) 12/1995 (1 week)

Succeeded by

"Think Twice" by Céline Dion

Preceded by

"Old Pop in an Oak" by Rednex

Austrian number-one single

April 9, 1995 – May 14, 1995 (6 weeks)

Succeeded by

"Shut Up (and Sleep with Me)" by Sin with Sebastian

Preceded by

"Here Comes the Hotstepper" by Ini Kamoze "Back for Good" by Take That

Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single

April 15, 1995 (1 week) May 27, 1995 – June 17, 1995 (4 weeks)

Succeeded by

"Back for Good" by Take That "Scream/Childhood" by Michael and Janet Jackson

Preceded by

"Conquest of Paradise" by Vangelis

Swiss number-one single

April 30, 1995 – June 25, 1995 (9 weeks)

Succeeded by

"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" by Bryan Adams

Preceded by

"Respect" by Alliance Ethnik

Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single

May 6, 1995 (1 week)

Succeeded by

"Pour que tu m'aimes encore" by Céline Dion

Preceded by

"Key to My Life" by Boyzone

Irish IRMA number-one single

May 20, 1995 – May 27, 1995 (2 weeks)

Succeeded by

"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" by U2

Preceded by

"Think Twice" by Céline Dion

Belgian (Flanders) number-one single

May 20, 1995 – May 27, 1995 (2 weeks)

Succeeded by

"Think Twice" by Céline Dion

Preceded by

"Pour que tu m'aimes encore" by Céline Dion

French SNEP number one single

July 1, 1995 (1 week)

Succeeded by

"Pour que tu m'aimes encore" by Céline Dion

Preceded by

"Be My Lover" by La Bouche

Canadian RPM Dance chart number-one single

August 28, 1995 – September 18, 1995 (4 weeks)

Succeeded by

"Fat Boy" by Max-A-Million

In film[edit]Edit

Soundtrack was featured as background for some of the scenes in 1997 film Nothing to Lose.[25] It was also featured in the 1998 film BASEketball.[26]

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