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    Culture Beat

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    Genre:Disco, House, Dance
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1No Deeper Meaning lyrics
    2Der Erdbeermund lyrics
    Mr. Vain lyrics
    4Guardian Angel lyrics
    5The Hyped Affect lyrics
    6Adelante lyrics
    7Pay No Mind lyrics
    8I Like You lyrics
    9Rendez-Vous lyrics
    10Got To Get It lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Best Of [2003]
    2Metamorphosis [1998]
    3Horizon (US Edition) [1992]
    4Horizon [1991]
    5Inside Out [1995]
    The Remix Album [1994]
    7Serenity [1993]


    How often have we all danced to tracks like "Mr. Vain", "Anything" or "Got To Get It" by
    Culture Beat? Since the album "Serenity" was released and in the meantime quite a
    number of hits have climbed up the charts, and dropped back down again.

    Culture Beat's claim to fame is closely connected with the history of German dance music. As early as 1989 the band caused a considerable stir in the German and UK charts with "Erdbeermund" (Cherry Lips). Further hits such as "I Like You" and "Tell Me That You Wait" from the "Horizon" album followed.
    Then, in 1993, "Serenity" was released and Culture Beat won more or less every available dance and music prize that was up for grabs in Germany that year. (Among other trophies, Torsten Fenslau was awarded the 1993 Echo prize, the highest German music industry award, for "Producer of the year" and Culture Beat the 1993 Echo for "Most successful German album abroad").

    The single "Mr. Vain" reached the number one spot in twelve different countries, including nine weeks in Germany and four weeks in the UK, and also reached the Top 20 in the US Billboard Charts. In all 4:5 million singles were sold worldwide, and the album achieved sales exceeding one and a half million.

    At the end of 1993 the band's success story was overshadowed by the tragic death of founder and producer Torsten Fenslau. The question of whether in the light of this there could be any further Culture Beat albums was quickly answered by Frank Fenslau, who vowed to carry on the business and follow in his brother's footsteps. He kept his promise and he has definitely come up with the goods.

    Two years passed and "Inside Out" was ready to hit the market, as a new musical age dawns for Culture Beat. The typical inimitable sound always associated with the band has been further developed, and instead of following the present German hit-parade trend of "Faster, harder, shorter", the tracks are groovier, with more atmosphere. The trance elements, Jay Supreme's rapping, and the bitter-sweet voice of Tania Evans have been brought clearly to the fore
    without losing out on the music's danceable quality, most clearly demonstrated on the
    emotional first single "Inside Out".
    Quality and originality have been Culture Beat's trademark throughout the years, and this is very obvious on the new album. In producing "Inside Out", Frank Fenslau chose an approach which is considered unorthodox in the German dance scene, though perfectly normal for the UK or US. The album was not made by just one person, but by five different production teams (Peter Gräber/Frank Bülow, Perky Park, Cyborg, Doug Laurent, R.U.T.).

    Each track has its own different and special character, and there is hardly a dance album around to match its varied nature.

    These production methods also resulted in hard work for Tania Evans and Jay Supreme. "It was an enormous challenge as we had to familiarize ourselves with each team. Everybody works differently, and as I'm also responsible for the rhythm in my texts, I had to make sure that I quickly found a new basis on which to communicate with each producer", says Jay Supreme. Tania adds, "During the recording we didn't feel that we were working on any old artificial dance project. The record contains a lot of very personal emotions from all those involved. We don't just think of ourselves as a band, we are one."

    The result is an album which is addictive the first time round: varied sounds and groovy beats which are often closer to house than the typical Euro dance floor. Together with the inimitable atmosphere of trance, rhythmical rap and conceivably the finest and most catchy voice on the dance scene, Tania Evans, the album is also on a par with Jay Supreme's favourite quote, "In so far as the mind sees things in their eternal aspect, it participates in eternity". (Spinoza)

    February 16, 1998 was the date that when the single "Pay No Mind" was released in the Netherlands and Germany.
    "Pay No Mind" was the first single featuring the vocals of Kim Sanders, Tanya Evans and Jay Supreme left the act to pursue their solo careers. Kim Sanders had also had a solo-hit in Germany: "Show Me" and she also performed background vocals for the Frankfurt Connection (Jam & Spoon etc.). And there was the Steven Levis Project with "Out Of My Mind" performed by Kim Sanders and Nosie Katzmann (textwriter for a many German musicprojects).
    This single was the first pre-release of the 5th Culture Beat album called "Metamorphosis"
    which was released in the beginning of summer 1998.

    On March 16, 1998 they released a 12" called "Cherry Lips", it featured Jo Van Nelsen.

    In May, 1998 the second single from the 5th album "Metamorphosis" was released and it was
    entitled "Rendez-Vous" and it has the same lowtempo style as "Pay No Mind".

    "You Belong" was released in November 1998 and was the third single of the new album. "Pay No Mind" and
    "Rendez-Vous" didn't bring Culture Beat the success they had hoped.

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