Mr. Vain

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"Mr. Vain"
Mr. Vain.jpg
Single by Culture Beat
from the album Serenity
B-side "Remix"
Released 16 April 1993
Format
Genre Eurodance[1]
Length 5:37
Label Dance Pool
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Torsten Fenslau
Culture Beat singles chronology
"No Deeper Meaning"
(1991)
"Mr. Vain"
(1993)
"Got to Get It"
(1993)
"No Deeper Meaning"
(1991)
"Mr. Vain"
(1993)
"Got to Get It"
(1993)
Audio sample
Alternative cover
CD maxi - Remixes
CD maxi - Remixes

"Mr. Vain" is a song by German Eurodance group Culture Beat. It was released in April 1993 as the lead single from the album Serenity. The song achieved huge success worldwide, reaching number one in Australia, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. It also spent ten weeks at number one on the RPM Dance chart in Canada.

Background and chart performances[edit]

Written by Steven Levis, Nosie Katzmann and Jay Supreme and produced by Torsten Fenslau and Peter Zweier, "Mr. Vain" was 1993's best-selling single across Europe. Typical of the Eurodance style of the time, the song first broke in Germany before breaking more widely through the summer, eventually topping the chart in twelve countries. It reached number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned a gold disc. "Mr. Vain" also peaked at number two for two weeks on the American dance charts.[2] Tania Evans is the female singer on "Mr. Vain" and the rapper is Jay Supreme.

It first entered the charts in the United Kingdom in late July 1993 at number 24 climbing to number one for the week ending 28 August 1993. At times it was selling twice as much its nearest challenger "It Keeps Rainin'" by Bitty McLean during its 4-week reign at the top.[3] It spent a total of 15 weeks on the chart and was the tenth-biggest-selling single in Britain in 1993.

It is notable in the United Kingdom as it was the first number-one single not to be available as a 7" since the 1950s and heralded the demise of the 7" single as a mass market medium.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The music video of "Mr. Vain" was directed by Matt Broadley.[4]

Track listings[edit]

  • CD maxi-single (Germany, 1993)
  1. "Mr. Vain" (Vain Mix) – 6:35
  2. "Mr. Vain" (Decent Mix) – 7:06
  3. "Mr. Vain" (Special Radio Edit) – 4:17
  • CD maxi-single – Remix (Germany, 1993)
  1. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. House) – 6:18
    • Remixed By: Doug Laurent
  2. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Rave) – 6:42
    • Remixed By: Doug Laurent
  3. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Trance) – 6:20
    • Remixed By: Doug Laurent
  4. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Hardcore) – 6:37
    • Remixed By: Doug Laurent
  • CD maxi-single (USA, 1993)
  1. "Mr. Vain" (Radio Edit) – 4:17
  2. "Mr. Vain" (Intense Radio Edit) – 3:52
  3. "Mr. Vain" (Vain Mix) – 6:35
  4. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Intense) – 5:28
  5. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Hardcore) – 6:38
    • Remixed By: Doug Laurent
  • Vinyl 12" (USA, 1993)
  1. "Mr. Vain" (Vain Mix) – 6:35
  2. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Club) – 6:39
  3. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Intense) – 5:28
  4. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Liebrand) – 5:40
  5. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Hardcore) – 6:38
  • CD single – Promo (USA, 1993)
  1. "Mr. Vain" (Lone Star Edit) – 3:30
  • CD maxi-single – Remix (Japan, 1996)
  1. "Mr. Vain" (FM 802 Rock Kids 802 Mix) – 4:25
  2. "Mr. Vain" (Hyper Rave Mix) – 5:32
  3. "Mr. Vain" (Tribal Mix) – 4:47
  4. "Anything" – 6:26
  5. "Mr. Vain" (Album Version) – 5:39
  6. "Culture Beat Mega Mix" – 6:38
  • CD maxi-single – (UK, 1993)
  1. "Mr. Vain" (Special Radio Edit) – 4:17
  2. "Mr. Vain" (Vain Mix) – 6:35
  3. "(Cherry Lips) Der Erdbeermund" (Single Version) – 4:05
  4. "I Like You" (Single Version) – 3:58

Charts and sales[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
28 August 1993 – 25 September 1993 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Life" by Haddaway
Preceded by
"All That She Wants" by Ace of Base
Italian number-one single
18 September 1993 – 25 September 1993 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Living on My Own" by Freddie Mercury
Preceded by
"I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" by Meat Loaf
Australian number-one single
31 October 1993 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"All That She Wants" by Ace of Base
Preceded by
"Tribal Dance" by 2 Unlimited
Canadian RPM Dance number-one single
28 August 1993 – 30 October 1993 (10 weeks)
Preceded by
"What Is Love" by Haddaway
Austrian number-one single
11 July 1993 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You" by UB40
Norwegian number-one single
30/1993 – 31/1993 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes
Swiss number-one single
18 July 1993 – 8 August 1993 (4 weeks)
Preceded by
"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You" by UB40
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number-one single
14 August 1993 – 4 September 1993 (4 weeks)
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single
14 August 1993 – 4 September 1993 (4 weeks)
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
31 July 1993 (1 week)
Single Top 100 number-one single
24 July 1993 – 31 July 1993 (2 weeks)
Preceded by
"Informer" by Snow
German number-one single
21 June 1993 – 16 August 1993 (9 weeks)
Preceded by
"Living on My Own" by Freddie Mercury
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
27 August 1993 – 24 September 1993 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Go West" by Pet Shop Boys
UK Singles Chart number-one single
28 August 1993 – 18 September 1993 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Boom! Shake the Room" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Covers and samples[edit]

  • One of the song's original writers, Nosie Katzmann, recorded a new country version of the tune.
  • A lounge version was recorded by Axel Boys Quartet.
  • Premiere & Co. released a cover featuring Marquise in 1993.[59]
  • Australian rapper Nathan Jolly released a cover version in 1998 on his second studio album, Who Dat?
  • The Pet Shop Boys covered the song during a live performance in Rio de Janeiro, as part of their 1994 "Discovery" Tour.[60] The cover was performed in the middle of "One in a million".
  • Culture Beat released a new version of the song in 2003 which was renamed "Mr. Vain Recall".
  • In 2011, Katerina Graham posted a cover of the track on her YouTube page.

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