Undercover (dance group)

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Origin London, United Kingdom
Genres Electronic, dance
Years active 1992-present
Labels PWL International
Past members John Matthews
Jon Jules
Steve Mac
Tim Laws

Undercover were a dance music group from the UK, who had two Top 10 hits in 1992. The vocals on all the group's songs were sung by John Matthews, The band were formed in 1991, and are still active today.


The first single they released was a cover version of Gerry Rafferty's 1978 UK/U.S. hit "Baker Street". It became their biggest hit when it reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart in September 1992,[1] held off from the top only by another dance track "Rhythm is a Dancer" by Snap. It was the 11th biggest selling single of 1992 in the UK, and also attained major chart success across Europe, selling over a quarter of a million units in Germany alone.

Undercover released five more chart singles. The second single was a cover of Andrew Gold's "Never Let Her Slip Away", coincidentally also originally from 1978. It reached #5, and stayed in the UK chart for a total of 11 weeks.[1] After the success of these two singles, an album, Check Out the Groove, was released, reaching #26 in the UK Albums Chart.[1] "I Wanna Stay With You" (a cover of the Gallagher and Lyle song) and "Lovesick", both from 1993, managed #28 and #62, respectively. In 1994, Undercover released a new single, "Best Friend", and their second album, Ain't No Stopping Us.[1] The musical style of Undercover´s interpretations is best described as cheerful and upbeat, incorporating into the song electronic drums and short piano or organ harmonies, along with repetitive and layered vocal phrases, typical for club songs of the 1990s.



Year Single Peak positions Album
1992 "Baker Street" 2 2 7 3 2 3 3 2 7 Check Out The Groove
"Never Let Her Slip Away" 5 2 8 3 16 23 23
1993 "I Wanna Stay With You" 28 8 43 14
"The Way It Is" (GER only) 32
"Lovesick" 62 Ain't No Stoppin' Us
1994 "Best Friend" 79 67
1995 "Every Breath You Take" (GER only) singles only
1996 "Bring Back Your Love" (GER only)
2000 "If You Leave Me Now"
2004 "Viva England" (unofficial England anthem for Euro 2004) 49
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  • Check Out the Groove, UK #26, December 1992 Altra Moda Music
  • Ain't No Stopping Us, 1994



  • John Matthews (born 14 December 1966) - Vocals
  • Jon Jules (born 10 August 1966) - Saxophone
  • Steve Mac (born 13 September 1967) - Keyboard
  • Tim Laws (born 8 June 1965) - Drums


  1. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 575. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Official Charts Company: Undercover". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-05-11. 
  3. ^ "Undercover - German Chart". charts.de. Retrieved 2014-05-11.