The Wiseguys

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The Wiseguys
Origin London, England
Genres Big beat, breakbeat, trip hop
Years active 1994 (1994)–2001 (2001)
Labels Wall of Sound
Past members Touché
Regal

The Wiseguys were a British electronic duo active in the mid to late 1990s. They produced the song "Start the Commotion" which was featured in a Mitsubishi TV advertisement, as well as the films Lizzie McGuire, Zoolander and Kangaroo Jack; and "Ooh La La", which was used in Budweiser commercials. Both tracks came from The Wiseguys second album, The Antidote.

Career[edit]

The band was formed in 1994 with two members, Touché (Theo Keating) and Regal (Paul Eve). They were music production partners from 1990 and released an EP called Ladies Say Ow! in 1994 on the Blackmarket record label. The record label Wall of Sound signed the duo and released the double A-side "Nil by Mouth" / "Too Easy" in 1995. Their first album Executive Suite was released in 1996 to critical acclaim, feature downtempo jazz beats and happy optimistic hip-hop numbers, and is now considered a cult classic.[citation needed]

Regal left the band in 1997 to pursue his career as co-founder of the UK's Bronx Dogs, and Touché worked on the second Wiseguys album, The Antidote. This was released in 1998, and contained their two most well-known songs, "Ooh La La" and "Start the Commotion". "Ooh La La" was a minor UK hit in April 1998, but in March 1999 it was re-released as a single and went to #2 in the UK Singles Chart following its use in a popular TV commercial for Budweiser. In 2001, "Start the Commotion" was shown on a Mitsubishi Motors television commercial in the United States, and the song reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Solo work[edit]

The Wiseguys disbanded in 2001, and Touché worked solo producing house music under Fatboy Slim's Southern Fried record label. In July 2006, Regal released his first solo single "Shock Ya Mind" on the Funk Weapons label.

On 31 December 2006, Executive Suite made its way onto the US version of iTunes. Touché is a producer and DJ, half of The Black Ghosts. He produces under several other aliases including Fake Blood.

Regal signed to Unique Records in 2007 and has since released two solo albums and three singles for the label, including his debut solo album Loop Dreams and his latest CD Time Past, which is paired with his "Time Past" 12" remixes sampler, released in late 2009.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • 1994: Ladies Say Ow!

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • 2000: Wall of Sound Essentials - Mixed By The Wiseguys (Mix CD)

Singles[edit]

  • 1995: "Nil By Mouth"
  • 1996: "The Sound You Hear"/"We Keep On"
  • 1997: "Casino 'Sans Pareil'"/"A Better World" - #88 UK[1]
  • 1998: "Ooh La La" - #55 UK (1998) / #2 UK (1999)[1]
  • 1998: "Start the Commotion" - #66 UK (1998) / #47 UK (1999)[1]

The Japanese version of The Antidote contains a bonus track "Expand on the Topic" which features guest spots from J-Nise, Season and Sense Live, and was the B-side to the "Ooh La La" single.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "WISEGUYS | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 

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