Alex Party

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Alex Party
Origin Italy
Genres Italo house
Years active 1993–2000
Past members Paolo Visnadi
Gianni Visnadi
Alex Natale
Robin Campbell

Alex Party is an Italian electronic dance group. The band consisted of the Italian brothers Paolo and Gianni Visnadi (also of Livin' Joy), DJ Alex Natale and vocalist Robin 'Shanie' Campbell.

Their most famous single to date is "Don't Give Me Your Life", a #2 hit in both Ireland and the United Kingdom in early 1995.[1]

"Don't Give Me Your Life"[edit]

The group's first single, "Saturday Night Party (Read My Lips)", was an immediate success, and became an Ibiza anthem during the summer of 1993. It became their first Top 40 hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at #29.[1] After introducing a singer to the group (Shanie Campbell), they released the single "Don't Give Me Your Life" in 1994, being an extended remix to the original "Alex Party" track. It reached #2 in both Ireland and the United Kingdom (their highest charting hit in those countries) and #13 in Australia, plus it topped the Club Record category at Music Week's 1995 Awards. It was included in many compilation albums all over the world, and remains their most famous release.


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Other releases[edit]

A follow up single to the multi named "Alex Party / Saturday Night Party / Read My Lips" single was released entitled "Alex Party 2" but was only available on 12" Vinyl. It was relatively unknown as it received little to no promotion. The track, along with the same remixes as on the vinyl release was included on a special Singapore CD Single of 'Don't Give Me Your Life'.

The group continued to have moderate success following the success of "Don't Give Me Your Life", including "Wrap Me Up", which was released in late 1995, peaking at #17 in the UK[1] and #11 in Australia (where it was the group's last charting single).

A revamped version of the first single was released in 1996 that included added vocals by Shanie and was entitled "Read My Lips". It reached #28 in the UK chart.[1]

An official 'Megamix' single was released in 1996 including "Don't Give Me Your Life","Read My Lips", "Simple Things" and "Wrap Me Up".

In 1997, "Simple Things" was the next single to be released and it achieved moderate sales.

"Don't Give Me Your Life" was re-released in 1999 which included new mixes and a full length bonus track Megamix from 1996.

Although the last single which was released in the year 2000 was "U Gotta Be", a rare, unreleased and virtually unknown track entitled "You Can't Escape My Love" appeared on a Portuguese compilation album, named Top Star 2001, on the Vidisco record label.

Remix work[edit]

Alongside releasing singles, Alex Natale was assisted by the Visnadi brothers to remix tracks for many artists. Notable artists remixed include 2 Unlimited, The Shamen, Jinny, Clubzone, Alison Limerick, Everything But The Girl and Gipsy.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Alex Party
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Various

Singles[edit]

Year Title International Chart Peaks Certifications Album
ITA
[2]
AUS
[3]
AUT
[4]
FIN
[5]
GER
[6]
IRE
[7]
NED
[8]
SCO
[9]
SWE
[10]
SWI
[11]
UK
[12]
1993 "Alex Party (Saturday Night Party)" 49 (single releases only)
1994 "Alex Party (Saturday Night Party)" (re-issue) 39 29
1995 "Don't Give Me Your Life" 22 13 24 2 16 2 30 2 Alex Party
"Wrap Me Up" 2 11 38 15 63 30 20 31 17
1996 "Read My Lips" 32 28
1997 "Simple Things" 13
2000 "U Gotta Be" 33 82 (single releases only)
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 18. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Italian Singles". hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Australian Singles". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  4. ^ "Austrian Singles". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  5. ^ "Finnish Singles". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  6. ^ German Singles:
  7. ^ "Irish Singles". irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  8. ^ "Netherlands Singles". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  9. ^ Scottish Singles:
  10. ^ "Swedish Singles". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  11. ^ "Swiss Singles". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  12. ^ "UK Singles". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  13. ^ "BPI Certification". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 

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