Caught in the Act (group)

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Caught in the Act
Origin Netherlands
Years active 1993–1999
Labels EMI (1993-1994)
Undercover (1994-1995)
ZYX (1995-1999)
GDC (1997)
Past members Eloy de Jong
Bastiaan Ragas
Benjamin Boyce
Lee Baxter

Caught in the Act (shortly called C.I.T.A.) was a half English, half Dutch boy band.

History[edit]

1993–1995: Formation and early years[edit]

Caught in the Act was established by Dutch record producer Cees van Leeuwen in 1993 with the four original members of the group, called Lee Baxter and Benjamin Boyce from England along with Eloy de Jong and Bastiaan Ragas from the Netherlands. The band released the non-album singles "Hey you", "Gonna make U mine" and "Take me to the limit".

1995–1996: "...Of love"[edit]

Their first hit was in 1995, Love is everywhere, which reached number 8 in Switzerland. Not enormously successful in the Netherlands, the band was extremely popular in Germany where they appeared on the soap opera Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten. They also had successes in Scandinavia, Australia, South Africa, Japan and South-East Asia. Their Debut album "...Of love" was released along with the three more singles "My arms keep missing you", "Let this love begin" and "You know".

1996–1997: "Forever friends"[edit]

Soon their second studio album was released, called "Forever friends" along with the three singles "Don't walk away", "Ain't just another story" and "Bring back the love". The album and the singles had similar success as the previous releases.

1997–1998: "Vibe"[edit]

The band's third studio album "Vibe" was released in 1997. It included the two successful singles "Do it for love" and "Babe" (a cover version of Styx's 1979 hit of the same name).

1998–1999: "We belong together" and sudden split[edit]

After three studio albums, the band released a greatest hits compilation, called "We belong together: 6 years of success". The album featured the two singles "Hold on" and "Baby come back". Before their sudden split in 1999, Caught in the Act released four studio albums, one compilation and fifteen singles and sold over 15 million records in total.

1999: "Solo 4 C.I.T.A."[edit]

When Caught in the Act disbanded, they released one final studio album "Solo 4 C.I.T.A." and the final single "I wanna stay with you forever", which video contained footage of all previous music videos. The album itself also contained, as the title revealed", solo material sung by each band member.

Post-break up[edit]

Benjamin Boyce was the first one to release solo material such as his self-titled debut album "Benjamin Boyce" and two singles "10.000 light years" and "Changes" in the late of 1999. He also collaborated with 2-4 Family on their track "Everytime you go away" on their only album "Family business". Ragas released singles such as "Still believe in love", "Only you", "Alles" with Tooske Breugem and "Unbelievable" and more and albums such as the Dutch-languaged album "Zin". He also starred as leading actor in various musicals. In 2004, Boyce released the single "Across the sea" with Francesco Diaz. Baxter has gone on to a career as an actor, sometimes credited as Collin Baxter while de Jong disappeared from the lime light. Each member has varying degrees of success.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Information Chart positions
GER CH AT
1995 ...Of love
  • 1st studio album
  • Released: July 5, 1995
  • Formats: CD
6
18
19
1996 Forever friends
  • 2nd studio album
  • Released: June 25, 1996
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
2
5
5
1997 Vibe
  • 3rd studio album
  • Released: August 5, 1997
  • Formats: CD
4
14
12
1999 Solo 4 C.I.T.A.
  • 4th studio album
  • Released: March 2, 1999
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
54

Compilations[edit]

Year Information Chart positions
GER CH AT
1998 We belong together: 6 years of success
29
38

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
GER CH AT
1993 Hey You Non-album singles
Gonna Make U Mine
1994 Take Me to the Limit
1995 Love Is Everywhere 10 8 14 ...Of Love
My Arms Keep Missing You 26 42
Let This Love Begin 24 26 27
You Know 17
1996 Don't Walk Away 9 10 16 Forever Friends
Ain't Just Another Story 35
Bring Back the Love 33 10
1997 Do It For Love 11 24 29 Vibe
Babe 35 26
1998 Baby Come Back 10 29 31 We Belong Together: 6 Years of Success
Hold On 33
1998 I Wanna Stay With You Forever 50 39 Solo 4 C.I.T.A.

Filmography[edit]

1994: Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten

Further reading[edit]

  • (German) Julia Edenhofer: Take me to the limit. Die rasante Karriere von Caught in the Act. Heyne, München 1996, ISBN 3-453-11492-2
  • (German) Susanne Baumann: Caught in the Act. die Traumboys hautnah. Econ, Düsseldorf 1996, ISBN 3-612-12005-0
  • (German) Selina Sander: Caught in the Act. Fan Book. Falken, Niedernhausen/Ts. 1997, ISBN 3-635-60364-3
  • (German) Michael Fuchs-Gamböck, Lea Lieven: Caught in the Act. Freunde für immer. Goldmann, München 1996, ISBN 3-442-43627-3
  • (German) Rosi & Reni Kieffer: Das große CITA Fanbuch. Heel, Königswinter 1997, ISBN 3-89365-609-X
  • (German) Kurt Koelsch: Caught in the Act. Poster Book. Bassermann, ISBN 3-8094-0299-0
  • (German) Rosi & Reni Kieffer: Friends forever. Caught in the Act. vgs, Köln 1996, ISBN 3-8025-2413-6