Pump up the Jam revives the 90s

Story by Tom Kelly

Thursday, 10th February, 2011 9:30am

Pump up the Jam revives the 90s

Playing in The Palace, Navan on Friday 11th January is Pump Up The Jam, who dared to bring back the music of the '90s for the first time in November 2009. Since then they’ve drawn in not only the generation that were teens and twenty somethings in the '90s but also stormed student balls, weddings and clubs and pubs the length and breadth of the country.

Pump up the Jam provides a throw back to happy memories, an escape to the neon nostalgia of the 90s dance floor. The band plays all the best-loved dance, rock, soul and hip-hop of the 1990s; from Black Box to Dee-Lite, AC/DC to Soul II Soul, 2 Unlimited to The Prodigy all live on stage with a six piece Band.

The band’s frontman is Liam McCormack (roving reporter for RTÉ’s The Daily Show and former presenter of The Café, TTV and Satitude). Hailed as a promising talent by Louis Walsh when he took part in Charity You’re a Star in 2005, Liam is fast gaining a reptuation as the best frontman in Ireland.

Going under the moniker of ‘Daddy Mac’, Liam MCs, raps, sings and plays guitar through such classics as EMFs’ ‘Unbelievable’, House Of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’ and D:Ream’s ‘U R the Best thing’, all while whipping the audience up into a frenzy with his crazed Ebeneezer Goode style persona.

The band and the ‘We Love 90s’ club was created by Cormac Moore, a member of the Late Late Show House band The Camembert Quartet.

As the band’s musical director Cormac brings with him nearly fifteen years experience in party, club and corporate entertainment.

Cormac admits that he is old enough to remember the '90s club scene like it was yesterday and is a massive fan of the music of the era; from the eurodance cheese of 2 Unlimited’s “No Limit” to the deep house of Robin S’s “Show Me Love’ not to mention the big beats of the hard-rocking Prodigy’s “No Good (Start the Dance)”.

This is the first professional singing job for two sisters from Kilcock; Winnie and Susan Nsubuga. Cormac discovered the girls on the social networking site myspace in June 2009, and they now sing and play keyboards in the band. Winnie is a student and Susan has just finished studying in Tallaght IT.

Missie Lee is the third female lead singer. She’s the big voiced belter who draws the audience to the dancefloor with her rendition of ‘Ride on Time’. Missie Lee was a teenager in the 90s so look no further than her when seeking intstruction from the stage for the dance routine to Whigfield’s smash hit ‘Saturday Night’.

No band is complete without some boiler-suited androids and Pump up the Jam’s are the best. They are bassplayer Robbie Stanley and drummer Brian Moylett.