U96

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For any of the several German U-boats sometimes referred to as U96, see German submarine U-96
U96
Origin Hamburg, Germany
Genres Techno
Dance-pop
Eurodance
Rave
Years active 1991–present
Labels Cohiba
Polydor
Members Alex Christensen
Stefan Hafelinger
Past members Ingo Hauss
Helmut Hoinkis
Skadi Lange
Dorothy Lapi
Hayo Lewerentz

U96 is a German dance-music project formed by the DJ and producer Alex Christensen and a team of producers named Matiz (Ingo Hauss, Helmut Hoinkis, and Hayo Lewerentz).

Biography[edit]

1991–1992: Das Boot[edit]

The name of the project comes from the film Das Boot about the German submarine U-96 from the Second World War. The project's first hit, "Das Boot" (1991), is a techno adaptation of the film's title melody, which had been originally composed by Klaus Doldinger. An album of the same name was also released.

1993: Replugged[edit]

Its next album, Replugged (1993) was inspired by the electro sounds of the 1980s and by ambient and disco music themes. It was less commercially successful than the first album, but provided a couple of Top 10 hits in "Love Sees No Colour" and "Night in Motion".

1994–1995: Club Bizarre[edit]

The follow-up album Club Bizarre (1995) radically changed the group's sound. The album was dominated by a fast-paced Eurodance sound with a significant trance influence. The hit single releases from this album were "Love Religion" (with Daisy Dee) as well as the title track "Club Bizarre" with harmonies, which was reused later by Brooklyn Bounce. Motor Music also released the Club Bizarre Interactive CD-ROM. The audio part of this CD-ROM included several music tracks and the multimedia part featuring a discography, interviews with Alex Christensen, and a game for Mac OS and Windows PC.

1996: Heaven[edit]

In 1996, its fourth album, Heaven, was released. The album was highly commercial in sound, with greater emphasis on Eurodance, despite retaining some electro and trance influences. On this album, a new singer, Dea-Li (Dorothy Lapi), was featured, who participated in the production of four titles. The refrain in the song Heaven—although with a faster pace and different text—closely resembles Cyndi Lauper's 1984 hit song “Time After Time.”

1997–present: Singles and current status[edit]

In the following single releases were "Seven Wonders" (1997), "Energie" (1998), "Beweg Dich, Baby" (1998) and "Das Boot 2001" (2000). The group released the compilation album Best Of 1991–2001 with some new songs from the unreleased album Rhythm Of Life. The last track "We Call It Love" was issued in 2003 as a promo single only. The group returned to the German Top 30 in 2006 with "Vorbei," which featured the vocals of guest singer Ben.

Another album, Out of Wilhelmsburg, was released in 2007, albeit with a different group lineup.

Group members[edit]

  • Alex Christensen (a.k.a. AC 16, AC Beat, Alex C.)
  • Stefan Hafelinger
  • Ingo Hauss (a.k.a. Bela Wycombe)
  • Helmut Hoinkis
  • Hayo Lewerentz (a.k.a. Hayo Panarinfo)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Chart Positions Certifications
GER
[1]
AUT
[2]
FIN
[3]
NED
[4]
NOR
[5]
SWE
[6]
SWI
[7]
Das Boot 11 5 19 26 9
Replugged
  • Released: June 1993
  • Label: Polydor Records
21 5 22 33 18
Club Bizarre
  • Released: March 1995
  • Label: Polydor Records
22 23 9 24 19 37
Heaven 30 19 20 77 35 22 23
Best of 1991-2001 34 36
Out of Wilhelmsburg
  • Released: March 2007
  • Label: Centaurus Records
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title International Chart Peaks Certifications Album
GER
[9]
AUT
[10]
BEL
[11]
FIN
[12]
FRA
[13]
NED
[14]
NOR
[15]
SWE
[16]
SWI
[17]
UK
[18]
1991 "Das Boot" 1 1 11 9 9 3 1 5 1 18 Das Boot
1992 "I Wanna Be a Kennedy" 4 6 18 40 32 3
"Come 2gether/Der Kommandant" 38 9
"Ambient Underworld" 36
1993 "Love Sees No Colour" 6 3 39 4 20 17 4 4 Replugged
"Love Sees No Colour" (remix) 38
"Night in Motion" 9 7 50 7 29 38 10 18
1994 "Inside Your Dreams" 12 10 1 24 19 9 44 Best of 1991-2001
"Love Religion" 5 7 27 2 15 10 2 10 Club Bizarre
"Love Religion" (remix) 23
1995 "Club Bizarre" 19 14 37 1 44 12 16 32 70
"Movin'" 91
"Boot II" 10 53 Single Release Only
1996 "Heaven" 4 2 7 15 5 5 16 87 Heaven
"A Night to Remember" 25 18 11 37 44
"Venus in Chains" 75 18 54
1997 "Seven Wonders" 40 52 Single Releases Only
1998 "Energie" 29
"Beweg dich Baby"
2001 "Das Boot 2001" 16 12 41
2003 "We Call it Love"
2006 "Vorbei" (feat. Ben) 28
"Mr. DJ Put on the Red Light"
(feat. Das Bo)
77
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "German Albums". offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  2. ^ "Austrian Albums". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  3. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 9789511210535. 
  4. ^ "Dutch Albums". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  5. ^ "Norwegian Albums". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  6. ^ "Swedish Albums". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  7. ^ "Swiss Albums". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  8. ^ "Swiss Certifications". Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  9. ^ "German Singles" (in German). Charts.de GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  10. ^ "Austrian Singles" (in German). austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  11. ^ "Belgian Vlaanderen Singles". Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  12. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 9789511210535. 
  13. ^ "French Singles". The Official Charts Company UK. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  14. ^ "Dutch Singles". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  15. ^ "Norwegian Singles". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  16. ^ "Swedish Singles". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  17. ^ "Swiss Singles". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  18. ^ "UK Singles". The Official Charts Company UK. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  19. ^ "Austrian Certifications". Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  20. ^ a b "German Certifications". Retrieved 2016-04-03. 

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