Urban Cookie Collective

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Urban Cookie Collective are a British Eurodance/pop music band, best known for their 1993 hit single "The Key The Secret".

History[edit]

The band was founded by Rohan Heath (born 19 July 1964), the son of Guyanese writer Roy Heath. He learned to play classical piano as a child before switching to the electric piano. He had previous experience with groups such as Yargo and Manchester DJ A Guy Called Gerald. Heath decided on a music career after abandoning a PhD at Vermont University. After a tour of Japan supporting the Happy Mondays, he left the band A Guy Called Gerald to work with rave band project Together. Heath went on to work with Jamaican reggae artist Eek-A-Mouse before concentrating on his new project, Urban Cookie Collective.[1] He was the keyboardist, writer, and producer of their music.

Heath wrote and produced their first hits, "The Key The Secret" and "Feels Like Heaven". He brought in vocalist Diane Charlemagne for many of the group's early tracks. She eventually co-wrote some of the songs and became a major part of the band. The other main members were Simon Bentall (born 17 October 1967), Peter Samson (born 15 May 1968), Johnny Jay, Mark Hadfield and Neil Claxton (later of Mint Royale). Guest rappers occasionally took part in the studio.

The band caused some controversy in 1996 by recording a cover version of the Oasis song "Champagne Supernova". Noel Gallagher, one of the founding members of Oasis, claimed that he had not given permission and legal action stopped the track from being given a full release. The band still remain active, and currently tour fronted by singer Danielle Barnett.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[2]
AUS
[3]
AUT
[4]
GER
[5]
NDL
[6]
SWE
[7]
SWI
[8]
High on a Happy Vibe

[9]

28 34 31 43 55 50 28
Tales from the Magic Fountain

[10]

  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Pulse-8 Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
- - - - - - -
The Very Best of UCC

[11]

- - - - - - -
The Very Best Of

[12]

  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Amazon Records
  • Formats: CD, DVD
- - - - - - -
The Key, the Secret - The Very Best Of

[13]

  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Music Club Deluxe
  • Formats: CD
- - - - - - -

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position Album
UK
[2]
AUS
[3]
AUT
[4]
BEL
[14]
FRA
[15]
GER
[16]
IRE
[17]
NDL
[18]
1992 "Pressin' On" (as Urban Cookie) - - - - - - - -
1992 "Lucky Stars" (as Urban Cookie) - - - - - - - -
1993 "The Key The Secret" 2 4 7 5 - 5 4 2 High on a Happy Vibe

[19]

1993 "Feels Like Heaven" 5 10 11 9 - 12 9 12
1994 "Sail Away" 18 49 24 23 - 25 30 21
1994 "High on a Happy Vibe" 31 - - 24 - - - 37
1994 "Bring It On Home (Family)" 56 - - 48 - - - -
1995 "Spend the Day" 59 - - - - - - - Tales from the Magic Fountain

[10]

1995 "Rest of My Love" 67 - - - - - - -
1995 "So Beautiful" 68 - - - - - - -
1996 "The Key The Secret (Remix)" 52 - - - - - - -
1996 "Champagne Supernova" - - - - - - - - The Very Best Of UCC

[11]

1996 "Witness" - - - - - - - -
1997 "Ain't It a Shame" - - - - - - - -
2000 "Mercedes Benz" - - - - - - - -
2004 "The Key The Secret 2004" - - - - - - - -
2005 "The Key The Secret 2005" 31 - - - - - 30 -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UCC's Biography". Eurodance Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  2. ^ a b "UK Official Charts Company Urban Cookie Collective". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Urban Cookie Collective in Australian charts". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Urban Cookie Collective in der Österreichischen charts" (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Charts.de: Urban Cookie Collective" (in German). Charts.de. Media Control. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "GfK Dtch Charts: Urban Cookie Collective (albums)". GfK Dutch Charts Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Urban Cookie Collective in Swedish charts" (in Swedish). swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Hitparade.ch: Urban Cookie Collective" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "UCC High On A Happy Vibe Album". Discog. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  10. ^ a b "UCC Tales From The Magic Fountain Album". Discog. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  11. ^ a b "UCC The Very Best Of UCC Album". Discog. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  12. ^ "UCC The Very Best Of Album". Discog. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  13. ^ "UCC The Key, The Secret - The Very Best Of Album". Discog. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  14. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts". Ultratop.be. ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "Charts.de: Urban Cookie Collective (singles)" (in German). Charts.de Media Control. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Irish Charts". Irish Charts. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 100: Urban Cookie Collective (singles)". Dutch Top 100. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  19. ^ Cite error: The named reference UCC_High_on_a_Happy_Vibe_Album was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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