Mixed Emotions (band)

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Mixed Emotions
Origin Germany
Genres Pop
Years active 1986–1992 and 1999
Labels EMI
Past members Drafi Deutscher
Oliver Simon

Mixed Emotions was a German pop music group formed in 1986 by vocalists Drafi Deutscher (9 May 1946 – 9 June 2006) and Oliver Simon (14 May 1957 – 31 July 2013). Deutscher sang, wrote/co-wrote and produced/co-produced all Mixed Emotions' songs, many of which were co-written with regular producer and musical contributor Christopher Evans Ironside.

Their best known hit is probably that from their first year, the song "You Want Love (Maria, Maria)". Other well-known songs are "Bring Back (Sha Na Na)", "Sweetheart - Darlin' My Dear", "Just for You" and "I Never Give Up". After five best selling singles and two successful albums, the group split in 1989.

In 1991, Drafi Deutscher decided to continue with a new member, Andreas Martin, under a slightly changed name – New Mixed Emotions. The new line-up released an album called Side By Side and two singles.

In 1999, the original line-up of Drafi Deutscher and Oliver Simon reunited under the original name the Mixed Emotions for a new album called We Belong Together consisting of two new songs and 11 remakes (new music, new vocals) of their old hits. They had a number of successful of TV appearances. Following this album the group disbanded again.

Drafi Deutscher died of heart failure in Frankfurt am Main on 9 June 2006. He was 60.[1]

Oliver Simon was born in Wolfratshausen. He died of a brain tumor on 31 July 2013. He was 56.[2]



  • "You Want Love (Maria, Maria)" 1986
  • "Bring Back (Sha Na Na)" 1987
  • "Sweetheart – Darlin' – My Dear (Lisa My Love)" 1987
  • "Just For You" 1988
  • "I Never Give Up" 1989
  • "Sensuality (When I Touch You)" 1991
  • "Lonely Lover" 1991
  • "You Want Love '99" 1999
  • "Bring Back '99" 1999


  • Deep From The Heart 1987
  • Just For You 1988
  • Mixed Emotions (Best Of) (Compilation) 1990
  • Side By Side 1991
  • We Belong Together 1999
  • The Essential Drafi Deutscher / Mixed Emotions (Compilation) 2004


"You Want Love (Maria, Maria)" was also re-recorded with Norwegian lyrics by Norwegian artist Rune Rudberg in 1988, when he released "Ut Mot Havet", his definite breakthrough song.