Dune (band)

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Not to be confused with the Danish rock band Dúné.
DJ Dune (Oliver Froning) at Defqon.1 2015.JPG
Oliver Froning playing as Dune at Defqon.1 2015.
Background information
Origin Munich, Germany
Genres Electronic dance music (EDM)
Years active 1995–present
Members Oliver Froning
Jens Oettrich
Bernd Burhoff

Dune is a German electronic group originally from Munich. The band took its name from the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert.[citation needed] The group has been a resounding success with songs like "Hardcore Vibes", "Are You Ready to Fly?" and "Rainbow to the Stars".


The group was founded in 1995 by disc jockey Olivier Froning and producers Jens Oettrich and Bernd Burhoff (alias Plutone). The band's name is inspired by the science fiction series featured in Frank Herbert's 1984 homonym film. They release their first single called "Hardcore Vibes", a cover of Rozalla's song "Are You Ready to Fly". The single reached the Swiss German and Dutch musical rankings in 1995. The trio subsequently joined the singer and dancer Verena von Strenge (alias Verena) in order to begin the composition of their homonym album recorded with the label Urban Records, featuring their hit title "Can't Stop Raving"; The title is originally an instrumental song from the album remixed with added vocoded voices, which will reach the top 10 of many European countries. An album entitled Expedicion follows the following year, in 1996 and includes songs like "Rainbow To The Stars", "Hand In Hand" or "Million Miles From Home". The latter will be in Germany the official anthem of the 30th anniversary of Star Trek.

In early 1997, Dune made a drastic change in musical style. Accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the band produced a cover of Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever", reaching second place in the charts. They released a new album, Forever, with the cover of Phil Collins hit "Against All Odds", and Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "The Power of Love", but the band was in disagreement and Verena von Strenge left. She also releases singles like "Finally Alone" and "Heartbeat". Verena is replaced by Vanessa Hörster, at that time amateur singer. The single "Keep the Secret", released on April 20, 1998, marks the premiere of Vanessa. The video of the track "Electric Heaven" is directed by Eric Will and shot on the Côte d'Azur in France. In August 1998, Dune planned to release an album entitled 5, but its release is canceled as a result of the commercial failure of the titles "Electric Heaven" and "Keep the Secret". Their fifth album, Forever and Ever, was released on November 23, 1998, together with a new singer, Tina Lacebal. At the end of 1999, the relations between the group and the former singer Verena are settled. A surprise is waiting fans in the ferries: a new single of the name of "Dark Side Of The Moon" in the same style as the album Expedicion. However, the album Reunion that was to follow will never be produced.

Reunion and "Heaven" issues[edit]

When Verena von Strenge returned to Dune in late 1999, they recorded the single "Dark Side of the Moon", and began recording songs for an album titled Reunion. However, Dune recorded a cover of Avancada & Central Seven's 1999 hit "Piece of Heaven", changed the lyrics, and called it "Heaven". Dune incorrectly thought they had permission to produce the cover. The CD single and an LP vinyl release was made, and a music video, which played on VIVA TV in Germany. However, a week later, A7 put in a court order on the single "Heaven", saying it sounds like their single "Piece of Heaven". Dune was later forced to remove "Heaven", and they could not release their album Reunion due to the court order. The recorded singles, except for "Heaven", were released later on the album History.


  • Oliver Froning (1995-present)
  • Jens Oettrich (1995-2003)
  • Bernd Burhoff (1995-2003)
  • Verena von Strenge (1995–1997, 1999–2000)
  • Vanessa Hörster (1997–1998)
  • Tina Lacebal (1998)



Year Title Chart positions[1]
1995 Dune 21 - 59 - 36 20
1996 Expedicion 15 43 34 38 4 28
1996 Live! 89 - 45 - - -
1997 Forever 2 4 63 - 19 11
1997 Forever (Limited Edition) 2 4 63 - 19 11
1998 5 (unreleased) - - - - - -
1998 Forever and Ever - - - - - -
2000 Reunion (unreleased) - - - - - -
2000 History 69 - - - - -


Year Title Chart positions Album
1995 "Hardcore Vibes" 5 36 10 Dune
"Are You Ready to Fly" 12 23 17
"Can't Stop Raving" 7 16 10
1996 "Rainbow to the Stars" 12 23 8 52 7 Expedicion
"Hand in Hand" 10 39 18 9 77
"Million Miles from Home" 17 39 10 40
"Who Wants to Live Forever" 2 3 9 12 59 86 Forever
1997 "Nothing Compares 2 U" 36
"Somebody (promo only)"
1998 "Keep the Secret" 38 Singles only
"Electric Heaven" 56 50
"One of Us" 78 Forever & Ever
1999 "Forever Young (unreleased)"
"Dark Side of the Moon" 49 History
2000 "Heaven (Promo only)" Promo only
"Back to the Future (unreleased)" History
"Hardcore Vibes 2000" 70
2003 "Rainbow to the Stars 2003" 74 Single only
2016 "Magic Carpet Ride" Single only
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

External links[edit]


  2. ^ "Dune - German Chart". officialcharts.de. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dune - Austrian chart". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Dune - Swiss chart". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Dune - Dutch chart". dutchcharts.nl. 2 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Dune - Swedish chart". swedishcharts.com. 2 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Dune - Finish chart". finnishcharts.com. 2 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Dune - Chart Log UK". zobbel.de. 2 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-10-19.