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작성자 Mariel 작성일22-07-31 22:45 조회56회 댓글0건

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Maxx stormed the Eurodance scene in 1994 with two huge hits Get-A-Way and No More (I Can't Stand It). The name Maxx, which stands for 'max-imum X-tasy', represents the work of the co-producers The Hitman (David Brunner), Dawhite (no-one else than O'Jay , the rapper and co-producer of Real McCoy who actually was not really involved in the project), female vocalist Linda Meek, and the rapper Gary Bokoe. The songwriting team was known under name "The Movement", and formed of Jürgen Wind (George Torpey), Frank "Quickmix" Hassas (Dakota O'niel) and Bruce Hammond Earlam who actually wrote some of the texts, without being credited because he was tied by a contract with anotherr records company. They also had 2 dancers called Emelle and Louise. The hook in their music was a creative mixture of reggae, rap and speed muffin. Maxx was signed on Blow Up (Germany) and their records were licensed under Critique Records.
In one year, Maxx became one of Germany's most successful musical exports in pop history. The dance floor anthem Get-a-Way ensured that Maxx became a trademark of first-class dance music, almost overnight. It sold more than 400.000 units in Germany alone and reached Gold Status. In whole Europe it sold more than 1.100.000 units. It was # 11 in Israel, # 1 in many French charts and # 5 in UK. The British were so enthusiastic about Maxx that they invited the band to the prestigious TV Show Top of the Pops no less than three times. With 18 million viewers per show, this was a milestone even for the English. There was even a special UK remixes CD contained many unreleased mixes : Naked Eye Extended, Red Jerry Dub and Red JerryMix. On its release, Get-A-Way entered the significant Radio One A Playlist, and remained as the most frequently played single for three weeks. After worldwide Top 10 positions, including Top 5 in Eurocharts Get-A-Way has earned numerous gold discs, paving the way for No More (I Can't Stand It) to join the triumphant Golden March.
Get-A-Way featured vocals by Samira Besic. She did not have enough experience as a live performer so that's why Turkish model and dancer Alice Montana (real name was Eliz Yavuz) appeared in the video clip, lipsyncing over her voice. She was said to be Olaf Jeglitza's wife at that time and would later take part to Zhi-Vago. As for Gary, he performed with great conviction his ragga/rap and speedmuffin aka 'maxxamuffin'. The combination of both these talents and song ideas, along with the skills of their producers working with the most modern of computer and studio technology, all culminated in the making of Maxx.
Samira was also member of project Slam, which scored a hit with We Get Around. Maxx needed a new vocalist and Bruce Hammond Earlam started the researches. English singer Linda Meek was working in West Germany as a secretery on a military base during daytime, and touring as a singer in clubs and pubs in the evenings. She had just been offered a record deal for a different project, but she finally chose Maxx. She went to Berlin for an audition and her look finally convinced the producers. No More (I Can't Stand It) also reached No. 5 in the Eurocharts, # 5 in Israel, and # 8 in UK. One of its remixes was done by Damage Control. Once again a special UX remixes CD was released, containing a Capri Dub Mix, a Ferrari F1 Mix, and an Overworked Mix. Videoclip was shot in Marseille, France.
Debut album To The Maxximum was recorded during summertime, and reactions worlwide were euphorical. Rather than trying to reproduce the success of the first two singles, it effectively attempted to present a wide musical range of variations and insistent innovation. Despite two massive hits, few people still really knew who or what Maxx was. A mystery which Maxx gleefully enjoyed maintaining.
You Can Get It reached # 21 in the UK. Videoclip was shot in Budapest, Hungary and it took 3 weeks for the filming crew to prepare everything for the shooting, including the casting of 90 years-old men in the streets of the city. Unfortunately the following singles I Can Make You Feel Like and Move Your Body (a single imitating the Reel to Real style) didn't have the same success. The Christmas single Power Of Love was a very nice eurodance track that could have some success if it had been released not only on the Bravo Dance X-mas compilation. Record company Intercord took poor strategic decisions and there were some internal disputes among the project's members. Furthermore, the producers did not appreciate Gary B's behavior. And finally, the producers were already too busy handling Real McCoy's massive success at the same time. Therefore, after the outstanding 1994 year, this promising, talentful and original group disappeared from the dance music scene. Gary B nowadays lives in Berlin.

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