“Won’t you come out and play with me?” she sang. But where is she now? C’mon let’s get some, in Martika’s kitchen!

Thirty years ago Marta Marreo (born 1969) released her self-titled debut album in the US. The lead single from which “More Than You Know” reached No.18 Stateside and No.12 on the hot play dance chart. But it wouldn’t be till the following year that the whole world would know all about her.

It was the album’s second single “Toy Soldiers” that Martika scored her biggest and ultimately her best known hit. The song topped the US charts and made the top ten in a further thirteen countries. The track, written by Martika and Michael Jay, would attain a Gold certification for sales in the US of over 500,000 copies. It wouldn’t be until the Summer of 1989 that the single was released in the UK, where it sped up the chart to spend three weeks at No.5 and attain a Silver certification for sales of over 200,000 copies.

“Martika” reached No.15 in the US selling 800,000 copies and No.11 in the UK. To date it has sold over four million copies worldwide. Her third single was a cover of Carol King’s “I Feel The Earth Move”, which also did big business reaching No.25 in the US, No.7 in the UK and No.2 in Australia, where Martika had consistent top ten success with both the album and all of the singles released from it!

“More Than You Know” was reissued in the UK at the beginning of 1990 reaching No.15. Her fourth and final single “Water” was only released in the UK and Australia, where it stalled outside the top 40 in both territories. Martika would pause only briefly after this before she commenced work on her second album. She would reemerge in 1991 with a new, mature look and style with the eerie epic “Love, Thy Will Be Done”, which she co-wrote with Prince. The song re-cemented her back in the global charts making No.10 in the US, No.9 in the UK and topping the Australian singles chart.

“Martika’s Kitchen” was released in the early Autumn that year but strangely made no impact in her home country where it reached No.111! It fared better elsewhere particularly with the much-appreciative Australian’s who took it to No.9 on their chart and in the UK where it reached No.15. The title track (also written with Prince) served as the second single making No.17 in the UK, No.29 in Australia and only No.93 Stateside.

Two further singles came in 1992, “Coloured Kisses” (UK No.41, Australia No.39) and “Safe In The Arms Of Love” which failed to chart anywhere. Since then Martika has strangely done very little. A greatest hits album was issued in 1997 selling 500,000 copies worldwide. Away from her own career, Martika also write songs for many other artists including Patti LaBelle and US teen singer Alisha with her 1990 ‘comeback’ single “Bounce Back” which reached No.54 Stateside. Alisha had been a brief hit in the mid-1980’s with her “Nightwalkin” album which included the song “Do You Dream About Me”, written by none other than Diane Warren and used in the hit film ‘Mannequin’.

Martika didn’t surface till 2001 when she released a new song “The Journey” which was supposed to be the first track of a new album that ultimately never happened. She next came to everyone’s attention in 2004 when Eminem sampled her biggest hit on his track “Like Toy Soldiers” which topped the UK singles chart and made the top ten in a further fourteen countries selling over four million copies worldwide.

She took to the road in 2012 making a total of five solo appearances as well as joining the Totally 80’s Tour in Australia along with Berlin, Kajagoogoo and Katrina & The Waves in 2016. This coincided with the release of the digital single “Flow With The Go“, her first new material for eleven years. Since then she has gone into hiding yet again. She lives in Ohio with her husband Michael Mozart, who had three chart hits of his own in 1989 under the name of ‘Nikki’.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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