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Bardeux is a dance duo from the 1980s. The group was formed in 1986 and consisted of Stacy "Acacia" Smith and Tairrie B. The group's first single "Three Time Lover", went to #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Singles Sales chart. Tairrie B left the group to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Lisa "Jaz" Teaney. In 1988 the group released their album Bold as Love and their second single "Magic Carpet Ride". The single went to #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Singles Sales chart and #81 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group performed the song on Club MTV. "When We Kiss", the third single from the album, would turn out to be the group's biggest hit going all the way to #36 on the Billboard Hot 100. The fourth single released from the album, "Bleeding Heart", was a top 40 hit on the Billboard's Hot Dance Singles Sales chart. A fifth and last single release from that album, "Hold Me, Hold Me" did not chart.
Jaz left the group in 1989 and was replaced by Melanie Taylor. Shangri La was the group's second and last album. "I Love to Bass" was the only single to make it on to the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #68, #3 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #32 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The second single "Thumbs Up" made it to #17 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #59 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The last single from the album Shangri-La went to #40 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. Jon St. James produced both Bardeux albums.
Bardeux is often considered to be a one-hit wonder, but the group produced many dance hits in their short career.
Acacia resurfaced as a new incarnation of Bardeux (presumably a solo act) in 1995 with the single "Be My Man" (credited as "Bardeux Featuring Acacia") on Thump Records in 1995, taken from the compilation album, Thump Retro Disco Volume 3. Melanie Taylor later went on to perform as one of The Staggering Harlettes (Bette Midler's backup troupe) from 1993–2000, and released a collection of holiday songs on a solo album, This Christmas, in 2000. Tairrie B went on to release a critically acclaimed gangsta rap album called Power of a Woman on Comptown/MCA Records in 1990, and then resurfaced in the late 1990s as the co-founder and lead singer of the rap-metal band Manhole (later renamed Tura Satana for legal reasons), and then the band My Ruin in the 2000s.
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