Addams Groove

1991 single by Hammer
and The Addams Family SoundtrackReleasedDecember 9, 1991 (1991-12-09)[1]GenrePop-rapLength3:58LabelCapitolSongwriter(s)
  • Stanley Kirk Burrell
  • Felton Pilate
  • Vic Mizzy
Hammer singles chronology
"2 Legit 2 Quit"
(1991)
"Addams Groove"
(1991)
"Do Not Pass Me By"
(1992)

"Addams Groove" is a single performed by hip-hop artist Hammer that was released as the theme song to the 1991 film The Addams Family. It was the second single from his 1991 album, Too Legit to Quit, included in the track list for the cassette version of the album but not the CD. The song was his fifth and last top-10 hit in the United States and was the recipient of the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song at the 12th Golden Raspberry Awards in 1991.

The song was also parodied by Italian comedy music duo Giovanni Alamia & Tony Sperandeo with the title of "Rap Ghiaccio" and was taken from their album of the same year of the release of the song "Brutti, sporchi e monelli".[2]

Music video

A music video was produced to promote the single. It featured Hammer and several of his dancers performing in their unique style around the Addams mansion as well as most of the cast of the film. The video opens with Hammer pleading with Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) to refrain from chopping his head off with a guillotine. It concludes with several scenes taking place in the Addamses' backyard cemetery, including Thing crawling up and down a Hammer dancer and Gomez (Raúl Juliá) dueling in a sword-fight with Hammer over Morticia (Anjelica Huston).

The music video was played prior to the beginning of the film during its theatrical release. The video also features a 13-year old Jimmy Rollins as an extra.

Track listing

CD single

  1. "Addams Groove" (LP Version) – 3:58
  2. "Addams Groove" (Instrumental) – 3:55
  3. "2 Legit 2 Quit" – 5:02

Japan Mini CD single

  1. "Addams Groove" – 3:58
  2. "Addams Groove" (Instrumental) – 3:55

UK 7" vinyl single

  1. A. "Addams Groove" (L.P. Mix) – 3:58
  2. B. "Street Soldiers" (Saxapella Reprise) – 5:02

UK 12" vinyl single

  1. "Addams Groove" (L.P. Mix) – 3:58
  2. "Addams Groove" (Instrumental) – 3:55
  3. "Street Soldiers" (Saxapella Reprise) – 5:02
  4. "2 Legit 2 Quit" (Edit) – 4:00

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (1991–92) Peak
Position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 12
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 27
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 67
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 9
France (SNEP)[8] 10
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 21
Ireland (IRMA) 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 16
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 9
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 31
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 21
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 4
US Billboard Hot 100 7

Year-end charts

Chart (1992) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 76

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References

  1. ^ "New Releases: Singles". Music Week. December 7, 1991. p. 21.
  2. ^ "Alamia e Sperandeo - Rap Ghiaccio - YouTube". YouTube.
  3. ^ "Hammer – Addams Groove". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "Hammer – Addams Groove" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  5. ^ "Hammer – Addams Groove" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Canadian peak". Archived from the original on 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2015-01-24.
  7. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  8. ^ "Hammer – Addams Groove" (in French). Les classement single.
  9. ^ "Hammer – Addams Groove" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts.
  10. ^ "Hammer – Addams Groove" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  11. ^ "Hammer – Addams Groove". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ "Hammer – Addams Groove". Singles Top 100.
  13. ^ "Hammer – Addams Groove". Swiss Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Archived from the original on 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  15. ^ "American single certifications – Hammer – Addams Groove". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
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