Space (French band)
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|Also known as||Didier Marouani & Space|
|Genres||Electronica, space disco, new wave (past 1982)|
|Past members||Janny Loseth|
Space (occasionally Didier Marouani & Space), are a French electronic music band active from 1977 through 1980 and returning with on-stage remake performances since 1992. Their work is associated with the short-lived space disco genre and is a precursor of electronica.
Instant success and breakup
Space was founded in 1977 by Didier Marouani (also known as Ecama). The band consisted of Didier Marouani, arranger Roland Romanelli and singer Madeline Bell. Marouani by that time had some fame as a solo pop singer, but soon focused on his band, whose name was suggested by the song “Magic Fly”, originally written in 1976 for a television program dedicated to astrology.
Didier Marouani: “Given the words of people who constantly told me that the melody resembles the sounds coming from space, I chose “Space” as the name".
In the early period, musicians strongly emphasized the sci-fi orientation of their group, often performing in stage costumes like spacesuitеs. Another reason for appearing in public in the form of "astronauts" was the current contract of Didier Marouani with the company "Polydor".
D. Marouani: “The producer and I invited my record company to release “Magic Fly” under my name, but the label decided that the composition was not good enough to do this ... My producer found another company, but I could not “light up” under in my own name, since the contract with my company remained in force... The suits appeared also because no one could recognize me in it. I had to come up with a creative pseudonym, and I settled on “Ecama”.
The first three albums — Magic Fly (1977), Deliverance (1977) and Just Blue (1978) — sold over 12 million records globally. After the release of the first disc, аmerican drummer Joe Hammer joined the band.
However, after "Just Blue" was released, a critical moment occurred in the group’s history related to the increasing desire of its leader to perform concerts (previously impossible due to the imperfection of available synthesizer models), which led to a conflict with producer Jean-Philippe Iliesco.
D. Marouani: “... Everything was going well, but at that time, when I met with my producer, I told him about my desire to perform on stage. At that time, we did not have a single “live” performance, only television. I managed to get permission for a concert under the Eiffel Tower, with the support of (radio station) “Europe 1”, and the press too, but in the end, my producer decided to cancel everything. And then I said: “I'm leaving,” because - a group that does not give concerts will die sooner or later".
Didier Marouani left the band in 1979, but the other members continued under the guidance of Romanelli and released the album Deeper Zone in 1980. The band split up in 1981.
From 1982 Marouani and Joe Hammer performed and recorded as "Didier Marouani & Space" with Janny Loseth of Titanic as lead vocalist. The band was later renamed Paris-France-Transit in response to legal action. Hammer left in 1992 but appeared as a guest musician on Space's later albums and tours.
The return of "spAce" and beyond
The name "spAce" was legally re-acquired after copyright disputes around 1990, allowing Didier Marouani to re-release classic albums and give a European live cover tour in 1993. Symphonic Space Dream was produced with collaboration from the Russian State Symphony Orchestra. In the same year, the S Club Juniors made a remix to their single New Direction featuring the backing track of Magic Fly. The band's hit "Magic Fly" as well as many other songs from the self-named album were remixed in 2003 by the Belgian dance music project Minimalistix. In 2004, their hit deliverance was sampled in De La Soul's single Rock Co.Kane Flow featuring MF DOOM. In 2007, it was retaken to feature in its entirety in Talib Kweli's two-piece composition Hostile Gospel (Deliver Us). 2010 saw the release of Space's latest album: From Earth To Mars. The last track of this album, Message of Peace From Earth To Mars, features recorded samples of Yuri Gagarin's journey into space in 1961 and is a tribute to fifty years of space exploration.
Didier Marouani: keyboards, synthesizers (1977-1979, 1982-present)
Jeff Parent (clavier)
Manu Chambo (clavier)
Serge MUNUERA (clavier)
Marc Hazon (batterie)
Dominque Greffier (chant et basse)
Jean-françois Bourassin (guitare)
Michel Aymé (guitare)
Julius Tessarech (son façade)
Bertin Meynard (son retours)
Patrice Richard (Laser & Manager)
Richard Ominetti (lumières)
Jean-Louis Lechevallier (lumières)
Roland Romanelli: keyboards, synthesizers (1977-1981)
Jannick Top: keyboards, synthesizers (1977-1981)
Joe Hammer: drums, percussion (1977-1981, 1982-1992,)
Janny Loseth: lead vocals (1982-1991)
Madeline Bell: lead vocals (1977-1978)
- Magic Fly (1977)
- Deliverance (1977)
- Just Blue (1978)
- Deeper Zone (1980)
- The Best of Space (1981)
- Paris France Transit (1982)
- Concerts en URSS (1983)
- Space Opera (1987)
- Space Magic Concerts (1994)
- Symphonic Space Dream (2002)
- From Earth to Mars (2011)
- "Magic Fly" (September 1977 / Pye International) UK #2, IRE #3, NL #20
- "Tango in Space" (1977)
- "Running in the City" (1978)
- "Prison" (1978)
- "Just Blue" (1979)
- "My Love Is Music" (1979) U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #60
- "Save Your Love for Me" (1979) U.S. Club Play #73
- "On the Air" (1980)
- "Tender Force" (1980)
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 517. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 20, 1977". Radio538.nl. Retrieved 2008-07-30.