Where Do You Go (La Bouche song)

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"Where Do You Go"
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Single by No Mercy
from the album No Mercy/My Promise
B-side"Where Do You Go (remix)"
ReleasedMay 13, 1996[1]
Format
Genre
Length4:29
LabelHansa Records
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Frank Farian
No Mercy singles chronology
"Missing"
(1995)
"Where Do You Go"
(1996)
"When I Die"
(1996)
Music video
"Where Do You Go" on YouTube

"Where Do You Go" is a song written by Peter Bischof and Franz Reuther. It was first recorded by Eurodance band La Bouche in 1995 as an album-only song from their Sweet Dreams album. A cover version of the song was recorded by Europop group No Mercy, taken from their debut album My Promise. On May 13, 1996,[1] it was released as their first single and became a worldwide hit entering the Top-5 not only in Germany where the trio was based, but also in Australia, Austria, France, Switzerland, UK and US.[2][3][4]

Background and release[edit]

Singer Marty Cintron was discovered by German music producer Frank Farian when he played at a club in Ocean Drive, Miami. He suggested that they should do a project together. Cintron then went to Farians studio in Germany. Farian thought the best way to go was with a group, so Cintron introduced him to twin brothers and dancers Ariel and Gabriel Hernández which he had worked with earlier. They had toured with Prince and been in some of his videos. The first song the group recorded was "Missing", which Farian had gotten permission to record after hearing the song in Ibiza.[5] Their version made it to the top 5 in Switzerland and became a big hit throughout Europe. But it was their next single, "Where Do You Go", which was released in May 1996, that became a international success. It peaked at number 1 in Denmark, Ireland and Scotland, and within the top 5 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US.

"Where Do You Go" (Ocean Drive Mix) was featured in the 1998 American comedy film A Night at the Roxbury.

Content[edit]

"Where Do You Go" is a dance track with a 4/4 rhythm structure, running at a speed of 127 beats per minute. It is built around a drum beat that was sampled from the Todd Terry remix of the song "Missing", by English act Everything But The Girl. The chorus hook "where do you go, my lovely?" references Peter Sarstedt's 1969 hit "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)".

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard wrote about the song: "Look for this Latin male trio to continue Arista's winning streak of slam-dunking Euro-splashed dance ditties on pop radio. This time, the beats are spiked with fluttering acoustic guitar riffs and making for a jam that will have punters revisiting their fave old hustle dance steps. Icing on the cake is an immediately contagious chorus and an irresistible a cappella breakdown midway through the song. Fun, fun, fun."[6]

The Gavin Report wrote: "This trio of experienced dancers/performers will find a warm reception from Top 40 programmers searching for fresh sounds to fill those Pop/Dance slots. The threesome hail from Miami and are currently breaking in Europe with this polished, uptempo production."[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Hannes Rossacher and premiered in September 1996. It was filmed in Miami, Florida.

Accolades[edit]

Year Publisher Country Accolade Rank
2017 BuzzFeed United States "The 101 Greatest Dance Songs Of the '90s"[8] 8

Track listings[edit]

CD single

  1. "Where Do You Go" (Radio Mix) – 4:18
  2. "Where Do You Go" (Ocean Drive Mix) – 7:27

European CD maxi[9]

  1. "Where Do You Go" (Radio Mix) – 4:28
  2. "Where Do You Go" (Ocean Drive Mix) – 7:27
  3. "Where Do You Go" (Club Mix) – 7:10
  4. "Where Do You Go" (Spike Mix) – 6:25
  5. "Where Do You Go" (Spike Dub Mix) – 6:05
  6. "Where Do You Go" (Manumission Mix) – 5:33

7" single

  1. "Where Do You Go" (Radio Mix) – 4:15
  2. "Where Do You Go" (Trip House Mix) – 4:26

12" maxi

  1. "Where Do You Go" (Trip House Mix) – 7:10
  2. "Where Do You Go" (Manumission Mix) – 5:34
  3. "Where Do You Go" (Spike Mix) – 6:22
  4. "Where Do You Go" (Spike Dub Mix) – 6:07

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[48] Platinum 70,000^
Germany (BVMI)[49] Platinum 500,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[50] Gold 400,000^
United States (RIAA)[52] Gold 700,000[51]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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