Culture Beat

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Culture Beat
Culture Beat.jpg
Background information
Origin Frankfurt, Germany
Genres Eurodance[1]
Years active 1989–present
Associated acts Quadriga
Members Frank Fenslau
Peter Gräber
Jacky Sangster
Past members Lana Earl (1989-1993)
Tania Evans (1993-1997)
Torsten Fenslau (1989-1993)
Juergen Katzmann (1989-1995)
Kim Sanders (1998-1999)
Jay Supreme (1989-1997)
Jens Zimmermann (1989-1991)
Peter Zweier (1989-1994)

Culture Beat is a German Eurodance project formed in 1989 by Torsten Fenslau. The act has gone through a number of line-up changes over the years; they achieved the most success whilst fronted by singer Tania Evans and rapper Jay Supreme. Their 1993 single "Mr. Vain" was a number-one hit in 11 European countries,[2] and the act is thought to have sold more than 10 million records worldwide.[3]

Biography[edit]

Origins and formation[edit]

Torsten Fenslau, who initially had a desire for becoming an architect, had been working as a DJ at the Frankfurt nightclub Dorian Gray for 11 years, when he decided to form Culture Beat with his friends Jens Zimmermann and Peter Zweier.[2]

1989–1991: Horizon[edit]

Their first single, the ambient house track "Der Erdbeermund", with a spoken vocal in German by Jo van Nelsen, peaked at number 11 on the German singles chart.[4] Versions in English and French were also released (titled "Cherry Lips" and "Les lèvres cerises", respectively). An instrumental version was also a club hit in the United Kingdom, where it reached number 55.

Shortly afterwards, Culture Beat recruited New Jersey-born rapper Jay Supreme and singer Lana Earl to front the act. While the second single "I Like You" reached number 22 in the Netherlands, their fourth single "No Deeper Meaning" managed to reach as high as number 4 in the Netherlands and number 3 on the Canadian RPM Dance Chart.[5] They released their first album, Horizon, in 1991 which went with only minor success.

1993–1994: Serenity and international success[edit]

Lana was replaced by British singer Tania Evans in 1993, and the act took a harder Eurodance sound. "Mr. Vain" became their biggest hit to date, reaching number one in 13 countries including Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom.[6] It was also their first mainstream hit in the United States, peaking at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was certified three times Gold in Germany for selling over 750,000 units, it also managed to reach a Gold status in several other countries including US.[7][8]

Subsequent singles "Got to Get It" and "Anything" were also pan-European hits, and their second album Serenity was awarded at the ECHO award for being the Best-selling German Act Abroad, with more than two million copies sold.[2] This also got Torsten Fenslau nominated in the same year at the Echo for being the Best Producer of the Year, who also walked away as a winner.[2]

On 6 November 1993, Culture Beat's founder Torsten Fenslau was killed in a car accident in Messel (district of Darmstadt) at age of 29.[2][6] His brother Frank took over the act as a manager.

1995–1996: Inside Out[edit]

The group returned the act in 1995 with a third album called Inside Out,[6] preceded by a single of the same title "Inside Out" which reached number 5 in Germany and number 32 in the UK.

1997–1998: Major changes and Metamorphosis[edit]

In 1997, Frank decided to take Culture Beat in a different musical direction diverging the act from the Eurodance sound into a more commercial pop sound. He also replaced Tania with Kim Sanders, who had previously scored a hit with "Impossible" by Captain Hollywood Project. Jay Supreme remained with the act for a short time after Tania's departure, but during recording of the next album he decided to leave the group and the rap vocals on the next album (only a few tracks contained rap) were produced by rapper Next Up. Although, in 1998, the album Metamorphosis managed to reach number 12 at home, it was a minor chart success as it remained in the top 20 of the album chart for only four weeks, and spent overall 10 weeks appearing on the chart.[9]

2001–present: Singles and present status[edit]

Three years later, Jacky Sangster replaced Kim as the fourth female lead singer for Culture Beat. The single called "Insanity" was released in 2001 which flopped in Germany; however, reached number 1 in Israel.[6] In 2003, to commemorate ten years since the release of the group's biggest hit, a new version of "Mr. Vain" was issued in Germany and reached number 7 in the singles chart. In 2004, a Greatest Hits package was released ahead of a planned new album with Jacky as vocalist, but was canceled before "Can't Go on Like This (No No)" was released. This single had minor success as well.

In January 2013, a compilation album was released, "The Loungin' Side of", which contains acoustic and lounge versions of hits taken from Inside Out and Metamorphosis.[10]

Band members[edit]

  • Torsten Fenslau – Keyboards & programming (1989–1993)
  • Lana Earl – Vocals (1989–1993)
  • Juergen Katzmann – Guitars, keyboards & programming (1989–1995)
  • Jay Supreme – Vocals (1989–1998)
  • Jens Zimmermann – Keyboards & programming (1989–1991)
  • Peter Zweier – Keyboards & programming (1989–1994)
  • Tania Evans – Vocals (1993–1997)
  • Frank Fenslau – Keyboards & programming (1994–)
  • Kim Sanders – Vocals (1998–1999)
  • Jacky Sangster – Vocals (2001–)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER
[11]
AUS
[12]
AUT
[13]
FIN
[14][15]
NL
[16]
NOR
[17]
SWE
[18]
SWI
[19]
UK
[20]
1991 Horizon
  • Released: 8 March 1991
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
1993 Serenity
  • Released: 2 June 1993
  • Label: Dance Pool
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
8 5 7 2 12 10 4 8 13
1995 Inside Out
  • Released: 3 November 1995
  • Label: Dance Pool
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
22 34 33 91 27
1998 Metamorphosis
  • Released: 19 June 1998
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
12 37
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Remix Album (1994)
  • Best of Culture Beat (2001)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
GER
[11]
AUT
[13]
BEL
(FLA)

[27]
FIN
[14][15]
FRA
[28]
NDL
[29]
SWE
[18]
SWI
[30]
UK
[31]
US
[32]
1989 ""Der Erdbeermund""
11
55
Horizon
1990 "I Like You"
30
40
22
96
1991 "Tell Me That You Wait"
"No Deeper Meaning"
30
19
4
1993 "Mr. Vain"
1
1
1
1
3
1
2
1[A]
1
17
Serenity
"Got to Get It"
4
7
1
1
10
2
5
7
4
"Anything"
4
3
5
12
4
4
15
7
5
1994 "World in Your Hands"
18
20
29
4
42
10
29
20
"Adelante"
1995 "Inside Out"
5
10
14
15
46
28
23
11
32
Inside Out
1996 "Crying in the Rain"
8
14
14
13
23
16
29
"Take Me Away"
26
39
15
6
24
33
52
"Walk the Same Line"
64
38
30
13
40
1998 "Pay No Mind"
27
37
Metamorphosis
"Rendez-Vous"
53
38
88
48
"You Belong"
77
2001 "Insanity"
66
Non-album release
2003 "Mr. Vain Recall"
7
8
20
30
46
51
2004 "Can't Go on Like This (No No)"
2008 "Your Love"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Vain Remix" peaked at number 10 in Switzerland.[33]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^
  2. ^ a b c d e Weinert, Ellie (26 March 1994). "Echoes Honor Torsten Fenslau". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 106 (13): 60. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  3. ^ (German) Culture Beat - Official Website at the Wayback Machine (archived 9 July 2011). Culture-beat.com. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Top Single Official Media Control – 15.01.1990" (in German). Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Top 40: Culture Beat - No Deeper Meaning". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Culture Beat mit ihrem Hammer-Hit Mr.Vain" (in German). P2News. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Culture Beat)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Gold and Platinum search results: Culture Beat". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Culture Beat: Metamorphosis (Longplay) at the Wayback Machine (archived 24 November 2004). Musicline.de. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  10. ^ "The Loungin' Side of Culture Beat" (in German). Amazon.de. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Such nach Culture Beat discographie". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Discography Culture Beat". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Discographie Culture Beat" (in German). Austrian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Discography Culture Beat". Finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  16. ^ "Discografie Culture Beat". Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Discography Culture Beat". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "Discography Culture Beat". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "Artist: Culture Beat". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "Culture Beat". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "Gold & Platin". IFPI Austria. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "SNEP Les Certifications: Culture Beat". SNEP. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  23. ^ "Kulta- ja platinalevyt: Culture Beat". IFPI Finland. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  24. ^ a b "Sweden's certification-database 1987-1998". IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  25. ^ a b "Awards: Culture Beat". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  26. ^ a b "Certified Awards". BPI. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  27. ^ "Ultratop 50 Singles – Culture Beat". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  28. ^ "Discographie Culture Beat" (in French). Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  29. ^ "Top 40-artiest: Culture Beat" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  30. ^ "Artist: Culture Beat". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  31. ^ Peak positions for U.K.:
  32. ^ "Culture Beat – Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  33. ^ "Culture Beat – Mr. Vain (Remix)". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  34. ^ "Les Singles en Argent" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 

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