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Rednex is a Swedish manufactured band that had an international novelty hit with the song "Cotton Eye Joe" in 1995.
Rednex is the brainchild of Swedish producers Janne Ericsson, Ã–rjan Ã–berg and Pat Reiniz, who decided to try mixing country music with techno. They decided to rework the traditional folk song, "Cotton-Eyed Joe", into a dance song. They recorded the song with studio musicians, put together a fake group of redneck role players to represent a group, and released it in 1994, to huge worldwide success.
An album titled Sex & Violins followed the hit song, and Rednex went on to score other hits in Europe from that album (notably the uptempo "Old Pop In An Oak" and the ballad "Wish You Were Here"). However, "Cotton Eye Joe" remains their only U.S. hit as of 2006. Their single "Spirit Of The Hawk" from the album "Farm Out" topped many charts in Europe in 2000, including Germany.