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So, if you love the dance music of the 90s, this is this week the top 5:
5.Heat Hunter – Life Goes On.
4.Mr. President – I give you my heart.
3.E-rotic – Fred come to bed.
E-Rotic was a German eurodance project. They are mostly known for their use of sexual topics and innuendo in their music. Some of the female vocalists who fronted E-Rotic over the years also fronted Missing Heart vocals.
Originally comprising Lyane Leigh and American-born Raz-Ma-Taz (Richard Michael Smith), the project started in 1994 and recorded throughout the rest of the 1990s. In June 1995, “Max Don’t have Sex With Your Ex” peaked at number 45 in the UK Singles Chart. However, by June 1996, both members of the group had left due to a disagreement between Leigh and producer David Brandes. E-Rotic now composed of Jeanette Meier and Terence d’Arby (not to be confused with Terence Trent D’Arby). Lyane Leigh continued to provide vocal work for several albums until 1999 due to contract, but she and Raz-Ma-Taz formed their own group in the meantime, known as S.E.X. Appeal. In October of the same year, d’Arby was replaced by Ché Jouaner.
In 1999, E-Rotic (Jeanette Meier) tried to enter the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 representing Germany but ended in sixth place in the pre-selection.Christensen left in 2001, and the new vocalist was Yasemin Baysal, previously of the group Das Modul. However, both Jouaner and Baysal left in 2002, and the new vocalist and rapper would be Lydia Madawjewski (who had been providing vocals since Lyane Leigh’s departure in 1999) and Robert Spehar. However, it has been revealed that the actual rap performer for the group in the studio has actually been the producer David Brandes.
2.DJ Bobo – Freedom.
1.C-Block – So strung out.
C-Block were a German platinum-selling hip-hop group, founded in 1995 by music producers Frank Müller, Ulrich Buchmann and Jörg Wagner. Fronted by Anthony “Red Dogg” Joseph and James “Mr.P” White the group is widely acknowledged as one of the most successful acts in the history of European hip hop culture.C-Block were one of the most well-known hip hop acts in Europe in the 1990s, who along with Down Low and Nana, signified the rise of the American-influenced rap music in Europe.
Since producer-driven, vocalist-fronted musical projects such as Snap! and C+C Music Factory had remarkable success in the early 1990s, producers Frank Müller, Ulrich Buchmann and Jörg Wagner decided to put together such a group in 1995.
The Persian Gulf War had ended in 1991 and former American soldiers who had decided to remain in Germany were all over the country. Some of them were musicians who hadn’t had a chance to capitalize off their talent back home and were willing to try a musical career in Europe. Anthony “Red Dogg” Joseph and James “Mr.P” White met in such circumstances and were recruited by Frank Müller to become part of his newly-created musical project.
They chose the name “C-Block” and released their debut single, “Shake Dat Azz”, a collaboration with Chicago rapper A.K.-S.W.I.F.T. in late 1996, which made a lasting impression on their European fan base. However, their greatest hits were only ahead of them at the time. “So Strung Out”, featuring Raquel Gomez-Rey, a more rap-oriented single, was released as their sophomore effort and catapulted the group to European superstardom. Based on a Soul Searchers sample, already made famous by Eric B. & Rakim and Run-DMC, called “Ashley’s Roachclip”, “So Strung Out” was a soulful ode to drug victims across the world and had a lasting impact in the European rap community.
Unfulfilled plans of a solo career made Mr.P leave the group in late 1997, being replaced by until then less visible project members Theresa “Misty” Baltimore and Preston “Goldie Gold” Holloway who had only recorded backing vocals and choruses for the C-Block debut album, “General Population”, released in 1997. They all quit the project after the more pop-oriented, less successful second album, ironically called “Keepin’ It Real”.
Mr.P returned to the group and tried to make a comeback with newly-recruited r&b singer Jeanine Love, but the released singles failed to make an impact commercially or critically and the group officially disbanded in late 2000.
Frank Müller, one of the creators and producers of the group, released the group’s third, shelved, album in late 2010 on the Internet.
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