Cappella

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Cappella

U got 2…know, let the music, move on baby or maybe you wanna know where Cappella are now?

by Christopher Smith

Italian Eurodance producers Cappella are one of the original house/dance acts of the late 1980’s club scene and certainly one of the first to make it big commercially. Formed in 1987 by Gianfranco Bortolotti, Stefano Lanzini, Diego Leoni and Pieradis Rossini, the producer/DJ team released their debut single “Bauhaus (Push The Beat)” in late 1988 and although it proved a massive hit in clubs around Europe, failed to reach a general audience, although the song made No.60 on the UK singles chart.

The group pushed into 1989 with their follow up “Helyom Halib” which scored a bigger hit reaching No.11 in the UK. This was a time when nightclubbing and raves were hitting the international news, perhaps for all the wrong reasons. Big club anthems from Inner City, D-Mob, MARRS and The Beatmasters were penetrating the commercial singles chart around the world and now Cappella added their mind-bending anthems to the mix.

The group retreated to the club underworld following this and re-emerged in 1992 with the song “Take Me Away”, which sampled Loletta Holloway’s 1980 hit “Love Sensation”, which had already been used on Blackbox’s 1989 six week UK chart topper “Ride On Time”. The track reached No.25 in the UK.

They followed this with “U Got 2 Know”, which sampled Siouxsie and The Banshees 1980 single “Happy House”. The single made No.43 in the UK, but Cappella were sued by the group for failure to pay publishing royalties. It was re-released in June 1993, this time making No.6 in the UK as well as making the top 40 in Germany, Switzerland and Belgium.

With a new front line up of singers Rodney Bishop and Ipswich-born Kelly Overett, Cappella now entered their most successful period. They followed “U Got 2 Know” with “U Got 2 Let The Music” in October 1993, which would chart top ten in fifteen countries and making No.1 in Austria, Finland and Switzerland.

This was mirrored in February 1994 with “Move On Baby”, which charted top ten in over a dozen countries and again reached No.1 in Austria and Switzerland.

Further hits came with “U And Me” in May 1994 (Finland No.1, UK No.10) and “Move It Up” in August 1994 (UK No.17). The group released the album “U Got 2 Know” in March 1994 which topped the chart in Finland and Switzerland and made No.10 in the UK receiving a Gold certification for sales of over 100,000 copies. Kelly Overett was sacked from the group in late 1994 and it would eventually transpire that it was not her voice on any of the tracks!

Vocals on “U Got 2 Know” came from Chicago singer Xaviera Gold, “Move On Baby” were provided by session singer Eileina Dennis and those on “Move It Up” came from Jackie Rawe of 80’s band Shakatak.

The group returned in 1996 with a new line up, including Allison Jordan, who had a minor hit in 1992 with the single “Boy From New York City”. The lead single “Tell Me The Way” (Italy No.6, No.15 Finland and No.17 UK) and the album “War In Heaven” which failed to repeat the success of “U Got 2 Know”. Two further singles “I Need Your Love” and “Turn It Up And Down” were top ten hits in Finland.

The group generally disbanded in 1998 although a greatest hits was released in 2005 and in 2013 founder member Gianfranco Bortolotti began touring with husband and wife duo Lis and Marcus Birks and released an expanded greatest hits album in 2016.

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Written by Christopher Smith

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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