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In the year 2000 Scooter founded their own label, “Sheffield Tunes”. H.P. gave himself the title “Sheffield Dave”. The time for pseudonyms had come. In fact H.P. changed his name constantly, sometimes he was “Keyser Soze”, sometimes “Candyman” and sometimes “Screaming Lord”.
The first single Scooter released from the new album “Sheffield” was “I’m Your Pusher”. The track did go down well among the fans, however, the band was not happy with the results in hindsight. “We didn’t find our sound, our style”, H.P. reckons, “everything got jumbled up.”
With the second release, entitled “She’s The Sun”, Scooter started to experiment. “We wanted to try something new, a new sound, a new style”, explains H.P., “the audience wasn’t really into our ideas though somehow.” In the end the single only made number 41 in the charts.
The album “Sheffield” sees Scooter take yet another new direction. Featuring 6/8 rhythms on “Don’t Gimme The Funk”, “Sex Dwarf” and the duet “Summerwine”, a cover version of the song by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood – “Sheffield” is probably the most progressive work yet from the Hamburg boys.
The Sheffield Tour 2002 becomes a success despite organisational difficulties.

You what? Suddenly they were everywhere: three life-sized rats in suits who made an assault on the charts with their song “Sunrise (Here I Am)”. So who was behind the furry masks, who was behind the music?
After a period of secretiveness the identify of the musical rodents was revealed. Scooter were the people behind Ratty, as the project was called. “We just felt like doing something different, which didn’t have the name Scooter on it”, said Rick and Axel, “and it worked.” They’re right! Rattys “Sunrise (Here I Am)” soon entered the charts and caused more and more confusion. Were Scooter themselves wearing the masks?
The answer to that question is: no. Three other persons, called Martin, Janse and Jean, were behind the masks inside which temperature sometimes reached 60°. Martin is Axel’s older brother by the way.

Even though the year was good all in all and the band picked up one of the coveted VIVA Comet prizes, Scooter were not all happy with the year 2000.

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