|Origin||London, United Kingdom|
|Labels||Capitol/EMI Records, Rhythm King/Sire/Warner Bros., Kitsune Records|
|Associated acts||Billie Ray Martin|
|Past members||Mark Moore|
S'Express (pronounced ess-express; sometimes spelled S'Xpress or S-Express; otherwise known as Victim of the Ghetto) were a British dance music act from the late 1980s, who had one of the earliest commercial successes in the acid house genre.
"Theme from S'Express", based on Rose Royce's "Is It Love You're After", was also one of the earliest recordings to capitalize on a resurgence of sampling culture and went to number one in the United Kingdom as well as the Hot Dance Club Play chart in the United States (also scraping into the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at #91).
The main player in the act was DJ/producer and remixer Mark Moore. In 1989, the group released its debut album, Original Soundtrack, which featured a line-up of Mark M (noise engineer), Pascal Gabriel (noise engineer), Jocasta (hi-hat hairspray, background vox), Mark D (trumpet, noise, boogie factor), and Michellé (microdot clarinet and vox). The album consisted of slightly longer versions of S-Express's "Theme", its follow-up hits "Superfly Guy" (UK #5) and a cover version of Sly and the Family Stone's "Hey Music Lover" (UK #6; its b-side was remixed by minimalist composer Philip Glass), along with an album's worth of new compositions. Singer Billie Ray Martin also appeared on several tracks on its debut.
By the release of the second album Intercourse, the act was reduced to a duo of Moore with new vocalist and DJ Sonique. Although not as successful as its debut, Intercourse spawned several mid-charting UK singles and club hits, most notably "Nothing to Lose", co-written with Martin Gordon, as were several other tunes on the record. Sonique, already a successful DJ, eventually embarked on a solo career and produced one of the biggest club hits of the late 1990s ("It Feels So Good"). Moore went on to release many singles, remixes and albums on his own and also formed the band Needledust.
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of acid house, Mark Moore resurrected S'Express from the "cryogenic chamber", and released a song on the French Kitsune record label called "Stupid Little Girls."
- 1989 Original Soundtrack - (Rhythm King, LEFT CD8)- UK #5, AUS #69
- 1991 Intercourse - (US, Sire, 9 26520-2) (UK, Rhythm King / Epic, 468567 2)
- 1998 Ultimate S'Express - (Camden / BMG, 74321 603402)
- 2004 Themes from S'Express - the Best Of - (BMG, 82876 581972)
|1988||"Theme from S'Express"||1||2||2||1||2||9||2||9||1||9||2||11||7||91||1||Original Soundtrack|
|1989||"Hey Music Lover"||6||6||33||31||-||-||29||28||25||-||-||53||31||-||6|
|"Mantra for a State of Mind"||21||12||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||141||-||-||-||Intercourse|
|1990||"Nothing to Lose"||32||15||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||9|
|1991||"Find 'Em, Fool 'Em, Forget 'Em"||83||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1992||"Find 'Em, Fool 'Em / Let It All Out EP"||43||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1996||"Theme from S'Express - The Return Trip"1||14||-||24||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||42||-||-||-||—|
|2008||"Stupid Little Girls"2||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||—|
- 1 remixes by Tony De Vit, Aquarius and Carl Craig available in Australia through Central Station Records (also released in the UK and Europe), and accredited to Mark Moore presents S'Express.
- 2 released on download and 12" vinyl only.
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Dance chart
- "But Is it Music?". In Their Own Words; 20th Century Composers. Episode 2. 2014-03-21. BBC.
- MySpace.com - Mark Moore - London, UK - Electrique / New Wave / Electronique - www.myspace.com/markmoore
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 477. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Official Charts > S-Express". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
- Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
- Top 50 peaks: "australian-charts.com > S-Express in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
- "Hey Music Lover": Gavin Scott. "Chart Beats: A journey through pop - 25 Years Ago This Week: May 21, 1989". blogspot.com.au. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
- "Mantra for a State of Mind": "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 15 July 2015". Imgur.com. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
- Original Soundtrack: "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 13 September 2016". Imgur.com. Retrieved 2016-09-28.