Shamrock (Shalamon Baskin)
Remy de Groot
|Past members||Greg Dillard|
King Lover (Humprey Mijland)
T-Spoon is a Dutch Eurodance group. They were founded in 1991 by Shalamon Baskin and Remy de Groot (aka Prince Peration) and were offered a recording contract by No More Music.
It all started out in 1993 with their first single "No Time 2 Waste", which cracked the top 10 in Europe (the single "Spank", released in 1991 under the same project name, is probably from a different project).
During the following years, T-Spoon scored a string of hits, which brought them success in countries like the UK, Australia, Canada, Israel, Ireland, Scandinavia, South America and their home country, the Netherlands. Songs like "A Part Of My Life", "Where R U Now", "Take Me 2 The Limit" and Sex on the Beach. Releasing 4 full album CDs, including a remix CD and a hit single collection, they proved to be a versatile dance act. They produced some powerful eurodance tracks, but also groovy R&B songs, upbeat happy hardcore tunes and even euroreggae and eurodisco tracks.
Behind T-Spoon stands Prince Peration (Dutch Remy de Groot), the group's founder and one of its driving forces. The co-producers were Dominic Sas and Serge Ramaekers (famous for their projects Confetti's and Cartouche). On stage T-Spoon consisted of 4 people: a female vocalist (Ingrid Simons, Jean Shy, Blonde, then Linda Estelle) and a male rapper (Shamrock, replaced in 1998 by Greg Dillard, then in 2001 by King Lover), and the two dancers, Regilio and Anatevka Bos.
In 1994 the American jazz/blues vocalist Jean Shy was the featured singer for the Dutch formation.
In 1996, singer Linda Estelle joined the group, which changed the band's direction into the then-popular happy hardcore-genre. In 1997, they became famous with the summer hit "Sex on the Beach", which made the charts in The Netherlands as well as Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. The song was first released in Ireland following its success in Europe. There it became one of the biggest hits of the year, peaking at number 3 in the Irish charts. Such was the success in Ireland that the song was released in the United Kingdom at the end of the summer and reached number 2 in the UK charts. It is also frequently mistaken[by whom?] to be created by Vengaboys.
In 1998, Shamrock left the group and was replaced by Greg Dillard. With Dillard as the band's new rapper, the group had the 1999 hit "Summerlove". In 2000, Dillard left, and Estelle became the new face of the group. In 2002, Shamrock rejoined T-Spoon, and the group subsequently released a number of remixes that were not very successful.
In 2008, Shamrock and Linda Estelle toured with their "T-Spoon Reloaded show". In March, they performed at Ekonomika Rewind Leuven (Belgium). In December, it was announced that Linda Estelle and Shamrock were back in studio, and that they would record some new songs together to be released the following year.
In 2009 February, they announced that they were busy recording and remixing some of their old hits, and that they had started writing new songs and were looking for collaborations throughout the world. In June, they appeared at Q Music's Foute Party in Den Bosch. Then they took part in a commercial for Johma salads' 40th anniversary, with Shamrock doing a sing/rap style in Dutch.
In 2010 there are nowadays 3 different T-Spoon formations for tours, all of them official: Blondi & Raw Jawz, Linda & Shamrock and T Spoon Dj Squad. Remy de Groot explained that "We have the past, present & future, the past is T-spoon Reloaded with Shamrock & Linda, the present is the fresh young T-Spoon with Raw Jawz & Blondi, and The future is T-Spoon Dj Squad, for every generation there is something to enjoy about T-Spoon".
In 2012 T-spoon released a collaboration with Dirty House Bastards featuring Akon entitled Dubhop Shawty.
In 2013 T-Spoon's released a new single entitled Ticket to the Tropics. It is a cover of a song released in 1985 by Dutch artist Gerard Joling.
Origin of the name
Legend says that Shamrock said while stirring a cup of tea "I'd rather have a gold record than a gold tea spoon any day". "That's it," exclaimed Prince Peration, "That's the name", and so the name T-Spoon was born. More recently, Remy de Groot explained that the name actually came from a western TV show in which the sheriff was called Teaspoon.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Joy, Life & Pain||
|Lexicon of Melody||
|The Hit Collection||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1993||"No Time 2 Waste"||31||—||10||—||—||Joy, Life & Pain|
|1994||"Take Me 2 the Limit"||43||—||9||—||—|
|"Where R U Now" (featuring Jean Shy)||39||—||10||—||—|
|1995||"Mercedes Benz" (featuring Jean Shy)||40||—||7||—||—|
|"See the Light"||—||—||19||—||—|
|"A Part of My Life"||—||—||17||—||—||Lexicon of Melody|
|"Someone Loves You Honey"||—||—||27||—||—|
|"Sex on the Beach"||4||3||5||6||2||The Hit Collection|
|"Message of Love"||53||—||76||—||—|
|1998||"Tom's Party"||28||23||57||13||27||Single only|
|1999||"Got 2 Get U Back"||—||—||54||—||—||T-Spoon|
|"I Want to Be Your Man"||—||—||93||—||—|
|2000||"F.O.O.T.B.A.L.L. / Delicious"||—||—||58||—||—|
|2004||"Sex on the Beach 2004"||—||—||70||—||—||Singles only|
|2009||"No Time 2 Waste 2009"||—||—||94||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- Belgian peaks
- Belgian peak Archived 2012-04-09 at the Wayback Machine.
- Search for Irish peaks
- Dutch peaks
- New Zealand peaks
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Certified Awards Search: T Spoon". BPI. Retrieved 2010-08-14.