U96

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For any of the several German U-boats sometimes referred to as U96, see German submarine U-96
U96
Origin Hamburg, Germany
Genres Techno
Dance-pop
Eurodance
Rave
Years active 1991–present
Labels Cohiba
Polydor
Members Alex Christensen
Stefan Hafelinger
Past members Ingo Hauss
Helmut Hoinkis
Skadi Lange
Dorothy Lapi
Hayo Lewerentz

U96 is a German dance-music project formed by the DJ and producer Alex Christensen and a team of producers named Matiz (Ingo Hauss, Helmut Hoinkis, and Hayo Lewerentz).

Biography[edit]

1991–1992: Das Boot[edit]

The name of the project comes from the film Das Boot about the German submarine U-96 from the Second World War. The project's first hit, "Das Boot" (1991), is a techno adaptation of the film's title melody, which had been originally composed by Klaus Doldinger. An album of the same name was also released.

1993: Replugged[edit]

Its next album, Replugged (1993) was inspired by the electro sounds of the 1980s and by ambient and disco music themes. It was less commercially successful than the first album, but provided a couple of Top 10 hits in "Love Sees No Colour" and "Night in Motion".

1994–1995: Club Bizarre[edit]

The follow-up album Club Bizarre (1995) radically changed the group's sound. The album was dominated by a fast-paced Eurodance sound with a significant trance influence. The hit single releases from this album were "Love Religion" (with Daisy Dee) as well as the title track "Club Bizarre" with harmonies, which was reused later by Brooklyn Bounce. Motor Music also released the Club Bizarre Interactive CD-ROM. The audio part of this CD-ROM included several music tracks and the multimedia part featuring a discography, interviews with Alex Christensen, and a game for Mac OS and Windows PC.

1996: Heaven[edit]

In 1996, its fourth album, Heaven, was released. The album was highly commercial in sound, with greater emphasis on Eurodance, despite retaining some electro and trance influences. On this album, a new singer, Dea-Li (Dorothy Lapi), was featured, who participated in the production of four titles. The refrain in the song Heaven—although with a faster pace and different text—closely resembles Cyndi Lauper's 1984 hit song “Time After Time.”

1997–present: Singles and current status[edit]

In the following single releases were "Seven Wonders" (1997), "Energie" (1998), "Beweg Dich, Baby" (1998) and "Das Boot 2001" (2000). The group released the compilation album Best Of 1991–2001 with some new songs from the unreleased album Rhythm Of Life. The last track "We Call It Love" was issued in 2003 as a promo single only. The group returned to the German Top 30 in 2006 with "Vorbei," which featured the vocals of guest singer Ben.

Another album, Out of Wilhelmsburg, was released in 2007, albeit with a different group lineup.

Group members[edit]

  • Alex Christensen (a.k.a. AC 16, AC Beat, Alex C.)
  • Stefan Hafelinger
  • Ingo Hauss (a.k.a. Bela Wycombe)
  • Helmut Hoinkis
  • Hayo Lewerentz (a.k.a. Hayo Panarinfo)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Chart Position
GER AUS FIN
[1]
SWI NOR
1992 Das Boot 11 5 19 9
1993 Replugged 21 5 22 18
1995 Club Bizarre 22 23 9 37
1996 Heaven 30 19 20 23 35
2000 Best of 1991-2001 36 36
2007 Out of Wilhelmsburg

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
GER
[2]
AUT
[3]
FIN
[1]
FRA
[4]
NED
[5]
NOR
[6]
SUI
[7]
SWE
[8]
UK
[9][10]
1991 "Das Boot" 1 1 9 9 4 1 1 5 18 Das Boot
1992 "I Wanna Be a Kennedy" 3 6 18 9 36 3 32
"Come 2gether/Der Kommandant" 36 9
"Ambient Underworld" 36
1993 "Love Sees No Colour" 6 3 4 20 16 4 4 Replugged
"Love Sees No Colour" (Remix) 38
"Night in Motion" 9 7 7 29 18 10
1994 "Inside Your Dreams" 11 10 1 18 9 19 44 Single only
"Love Religion" 5 7 2 15 9 10 2 134 Club Bizarre
1995 "Club Bizarre" 19 14 1 44 11 32 16 70
"Movin’" 91 3
1996 "Heaven" 4 2 7 15 5 16 5 98 Heaven
"A Night to Remember" 21 18 11 44 37
"Venus in Chains" 75 18 54
1997 "Seven Wonders" 40 52 Singles only
1998 "Energie" 23
"Beweg dich Baby"
2001 "Das Boot 2001" 16 12
2003 "We Call It Love"
2006 "Vorbei"
(feat. Ben)
28
"Mr. DJ Put on the Red Light"
(feat. Das Bo)
77
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 9789511210535. 
  2. ^ German peaks
  3. ^ Austrian peaks
  4. ^ French peaks
  5. ^ Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, Hitdossier 1939 - 1994; After 1994: dutchcharts.nl
  6. ^ Norwegian peaks
  7. ^ Swiss peaks
  8. ^ Swedish peaks
  9. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 576. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  10. ^ http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/CLUK_U.HTM
  11. ^ Austrian certifications
  12. ^ a b German certifications

External links[edit]