S'Express

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S'Express
OriginLondon, United Kingdom
GenresHouse
Years active1988–1994
Labels
Associated actsBillie Ray Martin
Past members

S'Express (pronounced ess-express; sometimes spelled S'Xpress or S-Express; otherwise known as Victim of the Ghetto) were an English dance music act from the late 1980s, who had one of the earliest commercial successes in the acid house genre.

"Theme from S'Express", which contained elements from Rose Royce's "Is It Love You're After", was one of the earliest recordings to capitalize on a resurgence of sampling culture. The song went to number one in the United Kingdom for two weeks in April 1988. It also made the Hot Dance Club Play chart in the United States, (also scraping into the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 91).

Biography[edit]

The main player in the act was disc jockey and producer Mark Moore. In 1989, the group released its debut album, Original Soundtrack, which featured a line-up of Moore, Pascal Gabriel, Jocasta, Mark D, and Michellé. 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[1]), along with an album's worth of new compositions.[citation needed]

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, including "Nothing to Lose", co-written with Martin Gordon, as were several other tunes on the record.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title UK
[2][3]
IRE NLD BEL
(FLA)
FRA ITA GER AUT SWI SWE NOR AUS
[4]
NZ US US Dance Album
1988 "Theme from S'Express" 1 2 2 1 2 9 2 9 1 9 2 11 7 91 1 Original Soundtrack
"Superfly Guy" 5 8 15 12 24 - 13 21 11 19 8 35 12 - 2
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]
  • 2 released on download and 12" vinyl only.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "But Is it Music?". In Their Own Words; 20th Century Composers. Episode 2. 21 March 2014. BBC. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 477. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ a b "Official Charts > S-Express". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:

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