|Genres||Eurodance, disco house|
Strike's first single, "Formula One", entered the lower reaches of the UK top 100 chart. They did not break through until "U Sure Do" was released in December 1994, originally charting at number 31 in the UK Singles Chart, only to re-enter the chart and climb to number 4 in April 1995, due to the track becoming a major club hit. They then began to tour extensively, appearing on MTV and on television programs such as Top of the Pops and playing to audiences as large as 70,000. "U Sure Do" achieved chart success in many territories and this took the band to Spain, Italy, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany and Japan.
Strike went on to produce another four UK Top 40 hits, like their cover of Paula Abdul's "My Love is for Real", and an album, I Saw the Future was released in 1997 on Fresh Records. They toured with and supported many international artists including the Backstreet Boys, Jocelyn Brown and the Spice Girls.
Newton was offered a solo recording contract with Strike's label, Fresh. In September 1999, she made her debut release with "Martha's Harbour", a cover of the All About Eve hit, including mixes by Mike Koglin and Blu. Although it failed to reach the UK Singles Chart, it was a No. 8 UK club hit and a favourite of DJ, Paul Van Dyk.
A solo album was recorded and planned for release for late 1999, entitled Live for Today but was cancelled. In the 2000s, Newton turned her attention to jazz and Latin music, and in 2003 released a solo album of jazz and Brazilian music entitled The Song Is You.
In 2006, a set of remixes of "U Sure Do" were released.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|I Saw the Future||155|
|The Biteback EP||
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|1994||"Formula One"||89||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|"U Sure Do"||4||9||—||20||15||—||I Saw the Future|
|1995||"The Morning After (Free at Last)"||38||115||—||—||—||—|
|"My Love is for Real"||35||157||—||—||—||—|
|1997||"I Have Peace"||17||—||55||—||—||34|
|1999||"U Sure Do '99"||53||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|2006||"U Sure Do 2006"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
- Jazz CDs. Biography of Victoria Newton. Retrieved 8 May 2007.
- "Strike". The Eurodance Encyclopaedia.
- "Victoria Newton biography". Jazzcds.co.uk.
- UK chart peaks:
- Top 100 peaks: "Official Charts > Strike". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 October 2019. N.B. This site displays compressed chart peaks (exclusion rules applied) for positions 76–100.
- Top 200 peaks: "Chart Log UK 1994–2010 > DJ S – The System of Life". zobbel.de. Retrieved 11 April 2017. N.B. This site displays uncompressed chart peaks (no exclusion rules applied) for positions 76–200, until May 2001.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 536. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Strike - I Saw The Future". Discogs.com.
- "Strike - U Sure Do 2006". Discogs.com.
- Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
- Top 50 peaks: "australian-charts.com > Strike in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
- Top 100 peaks to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 270.
- "The Morning After (Free at Last)", "My Love Is for Real" and "I Have Peace": "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 14 July 2015". Imgur.com. Archived from the original on 16 July 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
- "Strike – I Have Peace (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
- "Irish Singles". irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "dutchcharts.nl > Strike in Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
- "hitparade.ch > Strike in der Schweizer Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
- "Certified Awards" (enter "Strike" into the "Keywords" box, then select "Search"). British Phonographic Industry.