Strike! Back

Strike! Back

by The BaseballsThe Baseballs


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2010
Label: Warner Bros Uk
UPC: 5052498242726
catalogNumber: 9824272
Rank: 206149

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Baseballs   Primary Artist
Roland Spremberg   Guitar
Lars Vegas   Bass,Guitar
Erik McHoll   Guitar,Percussion
Jan Miserre   Piano
Tomas Svensson   Drums
Klaas Wendling   Bass

Technical Credits

Gloria Estefan   Composer
Elton John   Composer
Eugene Record   Composer
Guy Chambers   Composer
Per Gessle   Composer
Richard Harrison   Composer
Roland Spremberg   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Michael Madden   Composer
Adam Levine   Composer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer
Kike Santander   Composer
Emiliana Torrini   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Beyoncé Knowles   Composer
Kerry Brothers   Composer
Jamal Jones   Composer
Scott Hoffman   Composer
Ray Anthony   Composer
Gary Lightbody   Composer
Tom Simpson   Composer
Alicia Keys   Composer
Jesse McCartney   Composer
Jonny Quinn   Composer
Jesse Carmichael   Composer
Ryan Dusick   Composer
James Valentine   Composer
Tom Higgenson   Composer
Paul Wilson   Composer
Ryan Tedder   Composer
Thomas Callaway   Composer
Nathan Connolly   Composer
Jason Sellards   Composer
Katy Perry   Composer
Lady Gaga   Composer
Baseballs   Arranger
Nadir Khayat   Composer
Jay Jenkins   Composer
Keith Thomas   Composer
Ryon Lovett   Composer
Lamar Taylor   Composer
Thaddis Harrell   Composer
Daniel Carey   Composer
Sven Teichmann   Vocal Engineer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Terius Nash   Composer

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