Can you remember the song that took Doncaster by storm 20 years on?

Twenty years ago this year, Doncaster music lovers went crazy for a song - while the rest of the country largely ignored the infuratingly catchy dance track.
A clip from the Children of the Night video.A clip from the Children of the Night video.
A clip from the Children of the Night video.

The year was 1996 and the song went by the name of Children Of The Night - and for some bizarre reason, it became a huge smash hit in Doncaster - and pretty much Doncaster alone.

Recorded by Dutch 'happy hardcore' act Nakatomi, the clubbers' anthem was released in 1996 - and failed to chart nationwide.

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But here, in Doncaster, the song was lapped up by clubbers who begged DJs at nightspots such as Visage in Silver Street and Karisma in Duke Street to blast it out week in, week out.

Dancefloors would be packed with cheering, hand waving fans as the song boomed out from the speakers with its lyrics urging "the children of the night" to "come together and unite" and "get up, get up, get up."

If they weren't doing that, dancers were urged to live their life like a "rave machine" and "fight for the future of our nation" because "nobody can stop this generation."

Back then, the Free Press used to print a weekly top ten singles chart based on the best-selling singles at the town's branch of HMV, then based in Frenchgate.

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In the same year that the Spice Girls made their debut and sold millions of copies of first single Wannabe, even Ginger, Posh, Scary, Baby and Sporty couldn't compete against the all-conquering Nakatomi in Doncaster.

For week after week throughout 1996, Children Of The Night outsold everything else in the town's record shops - easily beating sales of singles such as Return Of The Mack by Mark Morrison, the Fugees' Killing Me Softly and Three Lions by Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds. Number one with a bullet - and no shifting it for months.

Nothing could knock Nakatomi from their perch week after week as clubbers lapped up the song each time it was played. Follow up song Sing also outsold pretty much everything else that bizarre year too.

While the song was a huge hit in the group's native Holland, spending 11 weeks in the charts and peaking at number two, it was two years before the rest of Britain caught up with Nakatomi - the song stuttering to number 47 in 1998 before a re-release in 2002 finally edged it into the top 40 at number 31.

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Then, just as soon as the furore erupted, it was over. Nakatomi disappeared, clubbers forgot all about Children Of The Night and HMV moved to a new location in the Frenchgate Centre. Doncaster's brief spell in the limelight as a hotspot for one particular record was over.

* Can you remember the song? Did you dance to it or go out and buy it? Let us know.

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