Fun Factory (band)

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Fun Factory
Origin Hamburg, Germany
Genres Eurodance
Years active 1992–1997, 1998–2002, 2007–present
Members Smooth T
Past members Balja
Marie-Anett Mey
Toni Cottura
Stephan Browarczyk
Rodney Hardison
Annett Möller
Al Walser

Fun Factory was a German eurodance group formed in 1993, originally consisting of Balja, Steve, Rod D., and Smooth T.. The group enjoyed success in the mid-1990s.


1992–1995: Formation and NonStop! The Album[edit]

The group was founded in 1992 with four members: Balja, Steve, Rod D., and Smooth T. They released their first CD, NonStop! The Album in 1994. Their second CD Close To You was released in 1995. Before its release, lead singer Balja (real name — Balca Tözün) was replaced with Marie-Anett Mey. Balja can still be seen in the video to Groove Me, and her vocals are heard on the entire album. This album includes most of the songs from their first release, including several hits such as "Close To You", "Take Your Chance", "Pain" and "Groove Me".

1995–1997: Fun-Tastic and disbanding[edit]

In 1996, Fun Factory released their second album, Fun-Tastic, which contained several hits such as "Celebration", "Do Wah Diddy", "I Love You", and a rap remake of "I Wanna B With U" from their first and second albums. By this time they began to become more popular throughout Europe, and even saw some of their songs chart in the USA and Canada. In 1997 they released a greatest hits album. Soon after the release Smooth T and Rod D left and the original group was disbanded.

1998–2000: Second Fun Factory and Next Generation[edit]

In 1998, a new Fun Factory formed with an all-new lineup. Their first release, Next Generation, came out in 1999 and sold over 100,000 copies. The music on this new release differed from the style of the first Fun Factory, and were mostly rap, reggae, or pop. Singles from this album include "Sha-la-la-la-la", "Party With Fun Factory", and "Fun Factory's Millennium Theme". In 2002 the ABC of Music the second and last album of the new lineup came up with the moderate success and the group was soon dissolved.

2001–2003: ABC of Music and disbanding[edit]

Their second and final album, ABC of Music was released in 2002 with moderate success. The second Fun Factory disbanded in 2003.

2007–present: Third Generation[edit]

German producer Rekardo Heilig started the current version of Fun Factory. In 2007, he searched for new members, and in 2008 he finally revealed them.In 2008, the group released their very first single titled "Be Good To Me". Their first performance was at ZDF Fernsehgarten, where they performed their unreleased song "Fiesta De Samba". Since then, they toured mainly around Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Romania. Their second release was in December 2009 for their brand new song "Shut Up!" which was co-written by Toni Cottura himself. Their version of "I Wanna B With U" was performed at We Love The 90's - Part II concert in Germany. According to their official website, the current management will have some changes.Fun Factory is back.


Fun Factory #1:

  • Balja: Real name is Balca Tözün. The real vocalist of Fun Factory.
  • Marie-Anett Mey: Front lady but not singer. Born in Paris, France.
  • Smooth T.: Real name is Toni Cottura. Born in Germany.
  • Steve: Real name is Stephan Browarczyk. Backing vocalist.
  • Rod D.: Real name is Rodney Hardison. Born in America.

Fun Factory #2:

  • Annett Möller: Lead singer. Real name is Annett Möller.
  • Lian Ross: Lead singer. Real name is Josephine Hiebel
  • T-Roc: Rapper. Real name is Terrance Lamont Croom, also called Tiger One or Tiger Style..
  • Al Walser: Lead singer and rapper from Liechtenstein.

Fun Factory #3:

  • Smooth T: Toni Cottura Rapper.
  • Balca: Balca Tözün Front vocalist.
  • Steve: Stephan Browarczyk Rapper.
  • Ski: Anthony Freeman Rapper.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
NonStop! The Album
  • Release date: April 24, 1994
  • Label: Regular Records
  • Formats: CD
  • Release date: November 13, 1995
  • Label: Regular Records
  • Formats: CD
49 43 36
Next Generation
  • Release date: July 19, 1999
  • Label: Marlboro Records
  • Formats: CD
ABC of Music
  • Release date: August 21, 2002
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
All Their Best
  • Release date: November 15, 1996
  • Label: Regular Records
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)


1992 "Fun Factory's Theme" NonStop! The Album
1993 "Groove Me"
"Close To You" 1 19 46 22
1994 "Take Your Chance" 5 18 35 37 88
"Pain" 25 24 25
1995 "I Wanna B With U" 18 2 11 45 10 Fun-Tastic
"Celebration" 9 19 12 88
"Doh Wah Diddy" 11 24 49 6
1996 "Don't Go Away" 31 37 93
"I Love You" 40
1997 "Oh Yeah Yeah (I Like It)"
1998 "Party with Fun Factory" Next Generation
1999 "Sha-La-La-La-La"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Music videos[edit]

Year Music video Director(s) Notes
1993 "Groove Me" Unknown
1994 "Close To You" Apollon
"Take Your Chance" Steve Willis
"Pain" Chopstick
1995 "I Wanna B With U" Music in Motion
"Celebration" Marcus Adams
1996 "Doh Wah Diddy" Music in Motion
"Don't Go Away" V. Hannwacker & M. Rosenmüller
"I Love You" Camelot
1999 "Party With Fun Factory" Unknown
2009 "Uh La La" Unknown