Friday 20 April 2018

Maniac 2000 iconic ‘Oggy Oggy Oggy’ chant came from my time in the scouts - DJ Mark McCabe

In 2015,
In 2015,
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Dublin DJ Mark McCabe is gearing up to perform his most famous track at this year’s Electric Picnic, for the first time in over a decade.

A lot has happened in the ensuing 15 years since the tune became an unlikely sensation - holding on to the top spot for 10 consecutive weeks. Mark got married, took a step away from spinning the decks, instead focusing on setting up his studio and recording and producing music with other acts.

Back in 1999, Mark was an aspiring DJ who changed his surname from ‘Harman’ to ‘McCabe’, just incase things took off so his parents wouldn’t have to suffer.

“I didn't expect to be living off this same track all these years later,” Mark told

Now Director of Music and Sound at RTE 2fm, he revealed some of the surprising background information behind the song that permeated speakers everywhere from club nights to wedding receptions and school discos throughout the noughties.

“The ‘Oggy Oggy Oggy, Oi Oi Oi’ chant actually comes from my time in the scouts. It was a scout chant - not very cool but there you go,” he confessed.

“I never thought it would become what it did. I never even thought it would go to number one. I knew it had an audience in Dublin, as people were going into record stores all the time asking to buy it, so we released it with Abbey Disks.”

Maniac 2000 is a medley of the 1983 song ‘Maniac’ by musician Michael Sembello, originally immortalised in the 1980s in the film ‘Flashdance’. Recorded in 1999 at Clontarf Cricket Club, Mark’s version incorporated new lyrics co-written by himself and Dublin DJ Al Gibbs.

“I didn't know Flashdance until a few years later, it was a tune that was doing the rounds and there was a remix by Sound Crowd an Irish group at the time. People were doing raps over the song, before it kicked into the chorus. I got asked to do it more and more when performing.”

“I grew up with dance classics such as Atlantic Ocean’s Waterfall, Cafe del  Mar, superstar DJs like Pete Tong, Brandon Block, people like that, doing it in Ibiza.”

“I grew up going to Wezz [South Dublin disco]. Everybody, whether you admit it or not, everyone has danced to 2 Unlimited, Vengaboys, Oh What a Night. They might be tacky, cheesy dance tunes, but they’re still some really good stuff.”

Revellers at this year’s Electric Picnic will be transported back to the millennium at the Stradbally festival, as Mark will play Ireland’s fourth best-selling single of all time live, for the first time in twelve years.

On Saturday 5th September, Mark will be joined by The Vengaboys for the #90sPowerParty.

With the festival fully sold out, Electric Ireland will be announcing details of their much anticipated ticket giveaway on Monday August 17th as well as even more additions to the #90sPowerParty line-up.

As official energy partner to Electric Picnic, Electric Ireland installs 6 kilometres of energy efficient festoon lighting around the campsites and walk ways to guide festival go-ers around the festival and will also provide mobile phone charging on site.

For further details on Electric Ireland at Electric Picnic this year log onto, follow Electric Ireland on Facebook or Twitter @ElectricIreland #90sPowerParty

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