Strike (band)

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OriginLondon, England
GenresEurodance, disco house
Years active1994–2006
LabelsFresh Records
MembersMatt Cantor
Andy Gardner
Victoria Newton

Strike were a British electronic dance music band formed in 1994 consisting of Matt Cantor (later of Freestylers), Andy Gardner (later of Plump DJs) and the vocalist Victoria Newton.[1]


Strike formed towards the end of 1994. A chance vocal session for Victoria Newton at the studios of Fresh Records in Ladbroke Grove, landed her the role as the lead singer.[2]

Strike's first single, "Formula One", entered the lower reaches of the UK top 100 chart.[3] 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,[4] due to the track becoming a major club hit.[citation needed] 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.[1][2]

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.[5] They toured with and supported many international artists including the Backstreet Boys, Jocelyn Brown and the Spice Girls.[2]

Victoria Newton[edit]

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[citation needed] and a favourite of DJ, Paul Van Dyk.[citation needed]

A solo album was recorded and planned for release for late 1999, entitled Live for Today but was cancelled.[citation needed] 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.[6]


Strike discography
Studio albums1

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
I Saw the Future 155


Title EP details Tracks
The Biteback EP
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Fresh Sounds Records
  • "The Genie (Come with Me)"
  • "Ambient Drop"
  • "Forget It?"
  • "Formula Uno"


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
1996 "Inspiration" 27 46
"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.



  1. ^ a b "Strike". The Eurodance Encyclopaedia.
  2. ^ a b c "Victoria Newton biography".
  3. ^ a b c UK chart peaks:
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 536. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ "Strike - I Saw The Future".
  6. ^ "Strike - U Sure Do 2006".
  7. ^ Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  8. ^ "Strike – I Have Peace (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Irish Singles". Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  10. ^ " > Strike in Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  11. ^ " > Strike in der Schweizer Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Certified Awards" (enter "Strike" into the "Keywords" box, then select "Search"). British Phonographic Industry.

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