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So, if you love the dance music of the 90s, this is this week the top 5:
5.La Bouche – You won’t forget me.
4.Solid Base – Mirror, Mirror.
Solid Base was a Swedish Eurodance group.The lead singer in the group was Isabelle Heitmann, who was born in Oslo, Norway in 1972. She had a passion for singing since her childhood, and at the age of 10 she moved to Gothenburg, Sweden. A few years after she had moved to Stockholm, she started to sing in various talent competitions. One day she got a phone call from producer Pat Reiniz asking her to sing for him. She ended up singing for Cool James and Black Teacher on their album. At work she met a man named Niclas Lindberg who recommended her for the Solid Base project.
Rapper Thomas Nordin or Teo T (born 1971) spent his youth living in places like Saudi Arabia, Africa and Indonesia. Once back in Stockholm he dedicated his time to the growing music life of Stockholm. Teo met the producers Jonas Eriksson and Mattias Eliasson and together they formed the idea of Solid Base.
In 1994, Solid Base released their first single “Together”. They then released several other singles and gained success in Europe. In 1996, their debut album Finally was released. It included hit songs like “Mirror Mirror”, “You Never Know” and “Let It Be Sunshine”. Two years later, they released their second album The Take Off where the song “Come’n Get Me” is probably their most well-known.
3.2 Unlimited – No Limit .
2 Unlimited is a Dutch eurodance group formed in 1991.The project is the brainchild of Belgian producers Jean-Paul DeCoster and Phil Wilde, and is fronted by a Dutch duo, rapper Ray Slijngaard and singer Anita Doth.During five years of enormous worldwide popularity, the act scored 16 chart hits, including “Get Ready for This”, “Twilight Zone”, “No Limit” and “Tribal Dance”. During their career, they have sold 18 million records worldwide.
Jean-Paul DeCoster and Phil Wilde met in their hometown of Antwerp,Belgium, and their first collaboration under the name of Bizz Nizz, the single “Don’t Miss The Party Line”, was a substantial hit across Europe, including in the United Kingdom where it reached no. 7 in the national singles chart in April 1990. Its success came as a great surprise to the duo and encouraged them to continue working together.
In early 1991, a 19-year-old Ray Slijngaard was working as a chef at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.Slijngaard was a friend of Quadrophonia rapper Marvin D,and whilst attending one of their gigs he took a microphone and started to rap in order to hype up the unenthusiastic crowd. Marvin was impressed and introduced him to DeCoster and Wilde, who got him to record a rap for “Money Money”, a track that was being planned as a future Bizz Nizz single.Meanwhile, Anita Doth (Dels is her stage name), also 19, was an administrator in the parking ticket division of an Amsterdam police station. In her spare time she performed in a female rap group called Trouble Sisters and she was spotted by Marvin, who asked her to be a backing singer for him. Slijngaard and Doth became good friends.
DeCoster and Wilde created an instrumental track called “Get Ready For This” and they decided that it needed some vocals. They asked Slijngaard for his input and he duly recorded a rap for it. The band was initially meant to be a solo project with Slijngaard fronting the act but then he added female vocals from Doth. They were so pleased with the result that they agreed to work with them as a duo, and thus 2 Unlimited was born.
They were signed to Byte Records (Belgium) and were licensed to many other record labels, including PWL Continental in the UK, run by Pete Waterman of Stock, Aitken & Waterman fame, who had produced dozens of hits for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Rick Astley. However Waterman, deciding that the rap was unsuitable for the UK market, where instrumental rave music had become extremely popular, removed most of the vocals from the track except for the line “y’all ready for this?”, which was sampled from The D.O.C.’s “It’s Funky Enough”.”Get Ready For This” was an instant hit, peaking at no. 2 in the chart and was the twelfth best-selling single of 1991, earning a silver sales certificate. It went on to reach no. 4 in Belgium, no. 10 in the Netherlands and no. 2 in Australia. It also worked its way up to no. 7 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.
A follow-up single, “Twilight Zone”, followed in January 1992 also reached no. 2 in the UK, selling 234,000 copies. It topped the chart in the duo’s homeland and was certified gold, and it was also a hit in the United States where it charted at #49 on the Hot 100 (and #5 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart). To capitalise on this success, the album Get Ready!, featuring the two singles and seven other brand new tracks including two ballads, was released on 24 February. Two further singles were released, “Workaholic” and “The Magic Friend”, which helped the album go on to sell 2.6 million copies worldwide.
“Tribal Dance” was released as a single shortly before the album No Limits hit stores in May. Three further singles were issued: “Faces”, which was considerably different in pace to previous releases, “Maximum Overdrive” and a re-recorded version of “Let The Beat Control Your Body”. In France, the title was changed to “Let The Bass Control Your Body” to avoid any confusion with the slang word “bite” (meaning “penis”). “Throw The Groove Down” was released after this, but not as a full single release. Alternatively, the American label Radikal Records issued a limited edition titled “The U.S. Remixes”.
The No Limits album was even more successful than the first, selling in excess of 3 million copies. At the MIDEM convention, 2 Unlimited were presented with 80 platinum and gold awards from 26 different countries, as well as winning “World’s Best-Selling Benelux Act” at the World Music Awards 1993.
On 11 July 2012 it was announced that Ray & Anita will be working again with De Coster under the name 2 Unlimited. Both Ray & Anita confirmed the news on their Facebook pages and posted a link to their new official website.
2.Dr. Alban – Hello Africa.
1.Jam & Spoon – Right in the night.
Jam & Spoon was a German trance duo from Frankfurt. The group consisted of composers and producers Rolf Ellmer (aka Jam El Mar – classically trained composer) and Markus Löffel (a DJ, stage name: Mark Spoon). They also worked under the pseudonyms Tokyo Ghetto Pussy, Storm and Big Room. Under these pseudonyms, the credits on the albums are listed as Trancy Spacer and Spacy Trancer.
Jam & Spoon’s first album, BreaksUnit1, was released in 1991. They had their first hit with the 1992 song “Stella”. It was widely played, remixed and bootlegged in the dance club community for years after its release. The pair also remixed the singles “The Age of Love” and “Go”. Their first international and commercial success came in 1994, with the singles “Right In the Night” “Find Me” and “Angel”. These tracks featured vocals by the singer, Plavka Lonich. The albums Tripomatic Fairytales 2001 and Tripomatic Fairytales 2002 were released in 1994, followed by Disco 2001 (1995) as Tokyo Ghetto Pussy, Kaleidoscope (1997), Stormjunkie (2000) as Storm, and finally Tripomatic Fairytales 3003 (2005).
In 2000 they remixed “The Chase,” a 1979 Giorgio Moroder track. Credited to ‘Giorgio Moroder vs. Jam & Spoon’, the song reached number 1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. In June 2002, “Be.Angeled” peaked at #4 on that chart.
Markus Löffel died of a heart attack in his Berlin flat, on 11 January 2006 at the age of 39.
In September 2006, a two compact disc set entitled Remixes & Club Classics was released to celebrate Mark Spoon. It is the first compilation of the duo’s collected works, and featured an exclusive track “Be.Angeled – Tribute to Mark Spoon”, performed live at the 2006 Love Parade in Berlin.
See you next week !