Jam & Spoon

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Jam & Spoon
Origin Frankfurt, Germany
Genres Trance
Techno
House
Ambient Techno
Years active 1991–2005
Labels Logic Records, R & S Records, Epic, Sony DancePool, JAM!, Polydor/Island/Universal, Vandit
Past members Rolf Ellmer
Markus Löffel (deceased)
Plavka Lonich

Jam & Spoon was a German Eurodance duo formed in 1991 in Frankfurt. The group consisted of composers and producers Rolf Ellmer (aka Jam El Mar - classically trained composer) and Markus Löffel (a DJ, stage name: Mark Spoon). They also worked under the pseudonyms Tokyo Ghetto Pussy, Storm and Big Room. Under these pseudonyms, the credits on the albums are listed as Trancy Spacer and Spacy Trancer.

Biography[edit]

Jam & Spoon's first album, BreaksUnit1, was released in 1991. They had their first hit with the 1992 song "Stella". It was widely played, remixed and bootlegged in the dance club community for years after its release. The pair also remixed the singles "The Age of Love" and "Go". Their first international and commercial success came in 1993, with the single "Right In the Night", followed by "Find Me" and "Angel". These tracks featured vocals by the singer, Plavka Lonich, following the first of which, she was very quickly welcomed as the third member, frequently co-writing and performing live. The albums Tripomatic Fairytales 2001 and Tripomatic Fairytales 2002 were released in 1994, followed by Disco 2001 (1995) as Tokyo Ghetto Pussy, Kaleidoscope (1997), Stormjunkie (2000) as Storm, and finally Tripomatic Fairytales 3003 (2005).

In 2000 they remixed "The Chase," a 1979 Giorgio Moroder track. Credited to 'Giorgio Moroder vs. Jam & Spoon', the song reached number 1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. In June 2002, "Be.Angeled" peaked at #4 on that chart.

Markus Löffel died of a heart attack in his Berlin flat, on 11 January 2006 at the age of 39.[1]

In September 2006, a two compact disc set entitled Remixes & Club Classics was released to celebrate Mark Spoon. It is the first compilation of the duo's collected works, and featured an exclusive track "Be.Angeled - Tribute to Mark Spoon", performed live at the 2006 Love Parade in Berlin.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Breaks Unit 1 (1991)
  • Tripomatic Fairytales 2001 (1993) - UK #71[2]
  • Tripomatic Fairytales 2002 (1993)
  • Kaleidoscope (1997)
  • Tripomatic Fairytales 3003 (2004)
  • Remixes & Club Classics (2006)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[3]
AUT
[3]
FIN
[4]
GER
[5]
IRE
[6]
ITA
[7]
NED
[3]
NZ
[3]
SUI
[3]
SWE
[3]
UK
[2]
1992 "Tales from a Danceographic Ocean" 49 Single only
"The Complete Stella" 66 Tripomatic Fairytales 2001
1993 "Right in the Night" (featuring Plavka) 2 7 1 6 18 2 10 9 4 7 31
1994 "Find Me (Odyssey to Anyoona)" (featuring Plavka) 22 1 17 24 6 20 34 20 37 Singles only
1995 "Right in the Night" (re-issue) (featuring Plavka) 10
"Find Me (Odyssey to Anyoona)" (re-issue) (featuring Plavka) 22
"Angel (Ladadi O-Heyo)" (featuring Plavka) 3 30 2 41 28 26
1997 "Kaleidoscope Skies" (featuring Plavka) 18 35 20 48 Kaleidoscope
"El Baile" 56
"Don't Call It Love" (featuring Plavka) 78
2001 "Be Angeled" (featuring Rea) 15 16 95 53 31 Single only
2004 "Cynical Heart" (featuring Jim Kerr) 50 59 Tripomatic Fairytales 3003
"Set Me Free (Empty Rooms)" (featuring Rea) 57 22
"Butterfly Sign" (featuring Plavka) 67
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thedeadrockstarsclub.com - accessed April 2011
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 277–278. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f International peak positions
  4. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 9789511210535. 
  5. ^ German peak positions
  6. ^ Search for Irish peaks
  7. ^ Italian peaks by artist (J)

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