Get-A-Way

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"Get-A-Way"
Maxx-get-a-way single.jpg
Single by Maxx
from the album To the Maxximum
Released27 October 1993
FormatCD maxi single
Recorded1993
GenreEurodance
Length3:45
Songwriter(s)
  • Dakota O'Neill
  • Dawhite
  • Gary Bokoe
  • George Torpey
  • The Hitman
Producer(s)The Movement
Maxx singles chronology
"Get-A-Way"
(1993)
"No More (I Can't Stand It)"
(1994)
Music video
"Get-A-Way" on YouTube
Original Scandinavian Release
Get Away - Scandinavian Release.jpg

"Get-A-Way" is a Top-10 European hit single by the German Eurodance project Maxx. The song was first released on October 1993 as the debut single from the project. In Germany, the single reached Gold status for selling over 250,000 units. By mid-1994, it sold over 1.1 million in Europe.

Background[edit]

"Get-A-Way" originally featured vocals by rapper Boris Köhler (Gary Bokoe) and singer Samira Besic. The single became a major club hit in Germany upon release in October 1993. For unknown reasons, Besic did not participate further in Maxx beyond recording vocals for "Get-A-Way." A model-dancer named Eliz Yavuz (Alice Montana) was hired to lip-sync Besic's vocals for the accompanying music video.[1] British singer Linda Meek was later recruited into the act early in 1994. She quickly became associated with "Get-A-Way," by the media due to her regularly performing the song live in concert and on music television programs with Köhler for music programs like Top of the Pops, Dance Machine, MTV and many more.

Critical reception[edit]

Music & Media wrote about the song: "This steaming houser has it all: a thumping beat that should get the crippled going, pulsating synthesizers that provide both the slightly ambient melody and the background, and a prominent rap to put the icing on the cake. It definitely has huge international chart potential."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Get-A-Way" became a dancefloor hit in Europe, peaking at No. 11 in Germany,[3] and at No. 5 in the UK, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands. The single also became a Top-10 hit in Switzerland and Norway.[4] "Get-A-Way" was later certified Gold in Germany for selling over 450,000[5] and Silver in the UK for selling over 200,000 units.[6] By mid-1994, the single reached a total of 1.1 million in European commercial sales.[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Get-A-Way" was directed by director J. Bate.[8]

Track listings[edit]

CD Maxi-single (Europe, 1993)
  1. "Get-A-Way" (Airplay Mix) - 3:45
  2. "Get-A-Way" (Club Mix) - 5:35
  3. "Get-A-Way" (Twilight Mix) - 5:33
  4. "Get-A-Way" (Get In Trance Mix) - 4:49
CD Maxi-single - Remix (Europe, 1994)
  1. "Get-A-Way" (2AM Club Mix) - 5:21
  2. "Get-A-Way" (Piano Remix) - 4:59
  3. "Get-A-Way" (Naked Eye Radio Mix) - 4:01

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eliz Yavuz". Discogs. discogs.com. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Music & Media: Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Charts.de: Top 100 Single (February 28, 1994)". Media Control. Charts.at. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Maxx: Get-A-Away". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Maxx)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Certified Awards Search". BPI. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Germany: Hitmakers '94". Billboard Magazine. 3 December 1994. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  8. ^ "maxx - get-a-way ( viva tv )". YouTube. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Get-A-Way", in various Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved 10 February 2008)
  10. ^ Belgian peak Archived 9 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Canadian dance peak
  12. ^ Billboard: Hits of the World Section, April 16, 1994
  13. ^ "Music & Media: Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  14. ^ Billboard: Hits of the World Section, April 9, 1994
  15. ^ "Charts.de: Maxx (Singles)" (in German). Charts.de. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  16. ^ Search for Ireland peak positions Archived 5 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40: Maxx". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Maxx – Get-A-Way" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  19. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100 (24 April 1994-28 May 1994 )". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 7 February 2018.

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