Captain Hollywood Project

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Captain Hollywood Project
Origin Nuremberg, Germany
Genres Eurodance, Techno
Years active 1992–present
Members Tony Dawson-Harrison

Captain Hollywood Project is a German Eurodance project created and fronted by American vocalist Tony Dawson Harrison.[1]

Origins[edit]

Harrison, a United States Army captain, was nicknamed Captain Hollywood, because he danced even when in uniform.[1] He first started in the breakdance scene in Europe as he performed on early '80s music TV shows such as Formel Eins. He was featured in German cult movies and represented Germany at the Cannes Film Festival for the premier of the breakdance movie Beat Street. From 1985 to 1987, Harrison started producing his own music, releasing his first three singles and an album as Captain Hollywood. During this time, he also collaborated with C.C. Catch as her back-up singer, rapper and dancer.

After the release of Twenty 4 Seven's debut album Street Moves in late 1990 which experienced moderate chart success peaking at No. 50 in Sweden and No. 25 in Switzerland,[2] Harrison left the group to return to his own dance music project in Germany. He founded the Captain Hollywood Project and released the debut single "More and More", which peaked at No. 1 in Germany and eventually went Platinum for sales of 500,000 units there.[3][4] While the single also entered the Top 5 in numerous countries including Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, it managed to enter the Top 20 in the U.S.[5][6][7] Soon after the success of "More and More", Captain Hollywood Project released its debut album entitled Love Is Not Sex, which charted in the Top 10 in Germany and Switzerland.[8][9] The release of the album was followed by three singles, "All I Want", "Only With You" and "Impossible". Out of all three singles; however, "Only With You" was the only one that experienced similar success as the first single, entering the Top 5 in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland.[3][10] "Only With You" was later certified Gold in Germany for sales of 250,000 units.[4] The act at the time contained Dawson-Harrison as rapper and producer with Nina Gerhard (and later Petra Speigal) as vocalist, backed by production team DMP, consisting (amongst others) of Michael Eisele (stage name Attack II), Jürgen "Nosie" Katzmann, Thorsten Adler and Tom Keil.

In 1994, Captain Hollywood Project came back with a new single called "Flying High" which was from the project's second album, Animals or Humans. While the single only managed to enter the German singles chart peaking at No. 18,[3] it did well in the Netherlands peaking at No. 4 on the Dutch Top 40 chart.[11] "Flying High" also entered the Top 10 in Austria and Sweden, meanwhile, entering the Top 20 in Belgium, Norway and Switzerland.[12] The second single from the album, "Find Another Way" experienced moderate chart success entering the Top 20 in Austria and Sweden.[13] At home in Germany, it just missed the Top 20, peaking at No. 22.[3] The album Animals or Humans didn't seem to attract that many fans either. It was a Top 50 entrant in only a handful of markets including Germany, Sweden and Switzerland.[14]

Twenty 4 Seven[edit]

Dawson-Harrison has also worked with Dutch producer Ruud van Rijen and rapper/producer Ricardo Overman (MC Fixx-It).[1] Together they created the Netherlands-based dance project Twenty 4 Seven.[1] Harrison was the original lead rapper of the band featuring his close friends Hanks/Jacks and the Dutch singer Nance Coolen. Together they toured with MTV Europe for three months. Hanks and Jacks were with Harrison for many years in Germany before Twenty 4 Seven, they both helped him to learn the German language and he trained them to become professional artists in the music industry.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
GER
[15]
AUT
[16]
CAN
[17]
NLD
[18]
SWE
[19]
SWI
[20]
Love Is Not Sex
  • Released: March 1, 1993
  • Label: Blow Up (EMI)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
9 15 60 33 16 9
Animals or Human
  • Released: March 30, 1995
  • Label: Blow Up (Intercord)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
42 53 38 41
The Afterparty
  • Released: November 18, 1996
  • Label: Mighty (Universal)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
GER
[15]
AUT
[16]
BEL (FLA)
[21]
CAN
[22]
FRA
[23]
NLD
[18]
NOR
[24]
SWE
[19]
SWI
[25]
UK
[26]
US
[27]
"More and More" 1992 1 3 2 15 7 7 3 3 3 23 17 Love Is Not Sex
"Only with You" 1993 4 5 4 7 9 5 5 61
"All I Want" 22 25 32 31 28 30
"Impossible" 12 15 25 40 14 4 18 29
"Flying High" 1994 18 10 13 40 6 12 7 15 58 Animals or Human
"Find Another Way" 1995 22 19 37 40 14 25
"The Way Love Is" 71
"Over & Over" 1996 45 35 The Afterparty
"Love & Pain" 50
"The Afterparty" 66
"Danger Sign" 2001 61 Non-album singles
"Axel F 2003"
(Murphy Brown vs Captain Hollywood)
2003 18
"Flying High (2003)"
Re-issue
44
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Allmusic: Captain Hollywood Project (Overview)". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  2. ^ "GfK Dutch Charts: Twenty 4 Seven (Street Moves)". GfK Dutch Charts. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Charts.de: Captain Hollywood Project (singles)". Media Control. Charts.de. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  4. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Captain Hollywood)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  5. ^ "Hitparade.ch: Captain Hollywood Project (More and More)". Schweizer Hitparade. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  6. ^ "Media Markt Top 40: Captain Hollywood Project (More and More)". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  7. ^ "Billboard: Captain Hollywood Project (Hot 100 songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  8. ^ "Charts.de: Captain Hollywood Project (albums)". Media Control. Charts.de. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  9. ^ "Hitparade.ch: Captain Hollywood Project (Love Is Not Sex)". Schweizer Hitparade. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  10. ^ "Hitparade.ch: Captain Hollywood Project (Only With You)". Schweizer Hitparade. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  11. ^ "Media Markt Top 40: Captain Hollywood Project (Flying High)". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  12. ^ "Hitparade.ch: Captain Hollywood Project (Flying High)". Schweizer Hitparade. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  13. ^ "Hitparade.ch: Captain Hollywood Project (Find Another Way)". Schweizer Hitparade. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  14. ^ "Hitparade.ch: Captain Hollywood Project (Animals or Humans)". Schweizer Hitparade. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  15. ^ a b "Charts.de: Captain Hollywood". GfK Entertainment (in German). Charts.de. Retrieved 2014-10-11. 
  16. ^ a b "Austriancharts.at: Captain Hollywood" (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  17. ^ "RPM: Top Albums/CDs - Volume 58, No. 7, August 28, 1993". RPM. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  18. ^ a b "Discography - Captain Hollywood". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2014-10-11. 
  19. ^ a b "Swedishcharts.com: Captain Hollywood". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  20. ^ "Die Offiziele Hitparade: Captain Hollywood (albums)" (in German). swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  21. ^ "Ultratop: Captain Hollywood" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  22. ^ "RPM: Top Singles - Volume 58, No. 5, August 14, 1993". RPM. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  23. ^ "lescharts.com: Captain Hollywood" (in French). lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  24. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Median: Captain Hollywood". Norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  25. ^ "Die Offiziele Hitparade: Captain Hollywood (singles)" (in German). swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  26. ^ "Official Charts Company: Captain Hollywood". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  27. ^ "Allmusic: Captain Hollywood (awards)". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  28. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Captain Hollywood Project)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 

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