Moulin Rouge (band)

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Moulin Rouge
Origin Slovenia (part of Yugoslavia when band was founded)
Genres Hi-NRG, synthpop
Years active 1985-present
Hit Factory
Members Alenka Šmidová-Čenová
Matjaž Kosi

Moulin Rouge (named after the French cabaret) is a Slovenian popular music group consisting of vocalist Alenka Šmid-Čena and songwriter, keyboardist, and producer Matjaž Kosi.


Keyboardist Matjaž Kosi founded Moulin Rouge after leaving Slovenian (then Yugoslav) synthpop band Videosex in 1985. Initially, Moulin Rouge consisted of three men, with Katja Lapkovsky joining later as vocalist and primary songwriter. The band took its current membership of Kosi and Alenka Šmid-Čena in 1987.[1] They were active primarily from the late 1980s to the early 2000s, and their work combines elements of 1980s Eurodance, Italo disco, Hi-NRG, and trance. Moulin Rouge entered Jugovizija, the Yugoslav national pre-selection for the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, and finished in fifth place with the song "Johnny je moj".

Moulin Rouge has enjoyed notable success among fans of electronic dance music in Germany, Scandinavia, United States, Italy, and particularly Japan. Internationally, their best known singles include "High Energy Boy" (1987) and "Boys Don't Cry" (1988).[2] The latter was covered in a Japanese-language version entitled Namida o Misenaide (Boys Don't Cry) by Japanese female pop duo Wink in 1989. The cover, with lyrics by songwriter Neko Oikawa,[3] reached #1 on the Oricon weekly single charts.

In 2000, the band was reconstituted as Moulin Rouge 2010, with Kosi and Karmen Plazar appearing as vocalists.

Discography in Slovenia[edit]

Year Title Record label
1985 Mi plešemo (mala plošča) ("We Dance (Small Plate)") ZKP RTVLJ
1987 Moulin Rouge ZKP RTVLJ
1988 Johnny ZKP RTVLJ
1989 Najslajši poljubi ("Sweetest Kiss")
The first popular music album released on Compact Disc in Slovenia.
1990 Tea For Two ZKP RTVS
2000 2010 - Album Hit Factory
2002 The Best Of - 2002 Hit Factory

International discography[edit]

Year Title Format
1987 High Energy boy Single
1988 D.J. I Wanna Be Your Record Single
1988 Boys Don't Cry Single
1988 Boys Don't Cry (US remix) Single
1989 Boys Don't Cry
(Also released as Out of Control.)
1989 The Megamix Album
1989 Baby I Miss You Single
1989 Stranger Single
1990 Sugar Candy Kiss Single
1990 Tea For Two Single
1990 Tea For Two Album
2002 Just A Start Single
2003 My Heart Is Beating Boom Single
2004 Boys Don't Cry Single
2006 Back Like A Boomerang Single


This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Slovenian Wikipedia.

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