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At the end of 1999, electro whizzkids the Cuban Boys scored an enormous chart hit with the hugely irritating 'Hamster Dance' single. Beating some big hitters in the world of pop, it was a massive number 4 smash in Christmas week - selling nearly a million copies.
The record - amazingly - had been championed and first played by none other than John Peel, some six months previously. A fan of the band's madcap approach, the Cuban Boys recorded a number of sessions for John on his Radio 1 show, and for the next couple of years not a week went by without Peelie playing some new song the band had sent him. The Cuban Boys were even invited to Peel Acres to celebrate John's 60th birthday, and they returned the favour by inviting the great man to join them on their Top Of The Pops performance. And at the end of 1999, the 'Hamster Dance' song made it to the coveted number 1 spot on Peel's legendary "Festive 50".
The Cuban Boys have now returned after a few years of silence to record a new track called 'THE NATION NEEDS YOU'. It's a special tribute to John Peel in the only way they know how, in a way they think he would have approved of. It mixes techno beats with Status Quo - and the voice of Peelie himself - the exact thing you'd expect to find in the midst of a John Peel Radio Show! Indeed, John's successor Rob da Bank premiered the song last week on his BBC Radio 1 Show to an overwhelming response from the listeners.
The song is only available as a free MP3 from http://www.cubanboys.co.uk