Junior Senior formed in 1998 when Senior (b. Jeppe Laursen December 25, 1975) and Junior (b. Jesper Mortensen Feburary 17, 1977) got back together after their previous band Ludo-X broke up in 1995. Both Junior and Senior grew up in Jutland. The band signed a deal with Danish label Crunchy Frog Records.
The band released their debut album D-D-Don’t Stop the Beat in 2003. The first single, “Move your Feet”, was one of the most played songs on Danish radio and eventually climbed the charts in over thirteen countries, including Australia, France, the UK and Denmark. The single is also available on the soundtrack of the popular American television show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. “Move Your Feet” has also been included in the US version of the hit dance game DDR Extreme for the Playstation 2. It is often associated with its pixelated music video, as seen in the VH1 commercial for “I Love the 90’s: Part Deux” and in the background of its Dance Dance Revolution: DDR Extreme dance.
The follow up single, “Rhythm Bandits”, made the singles charts in the UK and Australia, and was included in the soundtrack of the game FIFA 2004.
D-D-Don’t Stop the Beat was included in several publications’ “Best Albums of 2003” lists, including Rolling Stone, NME, Entertainment Weekly and Blender. The Sunday Chronicle in San Francisco rated “Move your Feet” as the single of the year, calling it “the best song ever”.
The single “Shake Your Coconuts” is available on the Looney Tunes: Back In Action soundtrack, and is used as the menu music in the game Worms 3D by Team17 Software.
The CD features the video to “Move your Feet” (made by designer group Shynola) and a “Making Of” as enhanced content. In the “Making Of,” Junior (Jesper Mortensen) was asked how many copies he thought the album would sell and he replied, “Three to four hundred”.
The song “White Trash” from this album was used in the very popular advertisement for Music Magazine TV show Popworld in the UK. The advert featured the two presenters of the show doing a synchronized dance routine to the song whilst wearing identical outfits.
Junior Senior continued producing feel-good dance-pop by releasing “Hey Hey My My Yo Yo” on August 24, 2005 in Japan, where it shot to #2 on the charts there. Fans of the 80s band “The B-52’s” will recognize Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson singing on the track “Take My Time”.
There was a US-only release of “Hey Hey My My Yo Yo” on August 14, 2007 that has a bonus EP included, adding eight new tracks.