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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? S-Express

Are you a “Superfly Guy” or a “Music Lover”? What about S-Express? Shall we find em? fool em? or forget em?(!)

by Christopher Smith

S-Express or DJ Mark Moore (born 1965) are one of the foremost dance/house music/club acts of the 1980’s to make it big commercially. Although Moore is generally recognised as the front man and best known face of the group, other artists and producers were involved including Pascal Gabriel, who later went on to write songs for Kylie, Dido and Will Young to name but a few, Billie Ray Martin, who would juggle time with the group Electribe 101 before setting out on a successful solo career, and Sonique, who would also later become a chart topping artist in her own right.

Seemingly appearing from nowhere, S-Express burst into the public domain in March 1988 with their debut single, naturally titled “Theme From S-Express” (what else!). Groundbreaking and sounding like nothing else in sight, the track shot up the charts around the world, breaking the top ten in fifteen countries and peaking at the very top in four, including the UK for two weeks and topping the US dance chart as well! The song samples no less than fourteen other tracks and was produced by both Moore and Gabriel, although some of these were removed for the US release due to licensing issues. The vocals were replaced by unnamed voice artists to satisfy copyright!

S-Express quickly followed this success that Summer with “Superfly Guy” which again sped up the global charts and dance chart, reaching No.2 this time in The States and No.5 on the UK top 40.

In early 1989, a third single was released “Hey Music Lover” which peaked at No.6 on both the US dance chart and in the UK singles chart and hit the singles charts across Europe and ‘down under’. Shortly after, an album “Original Soundtrack” was released reaching No.5 in the UK and gaining a Gold certification for sales of over 100,000 copies.

Moore returned later in 1989 with a brand new track “Mantra For A State Of Mind” which failed to do anything Stateside but reached No.21 on the UK singles chart and No.12 in Ireland. Further releases from a second album “Intercourse” included “Nothing To Lose” (UK No.32) and “Find Em, Fool Em, Forget Em” (UK No.43). Singer Sonique, who had herself had an all too brief and unsuccessful career as a solo singer prior to, provided the vocals on all tracks.

Ten years after “Theme From S-Express” was released, Moore produced a ‘follow up’ with “Theme From S-Express – The Return Trip” which climbed to No.14 in the UK. It was included on a greatest hits package called “Ultimate S-Express” released that same year.

Ten years later in 2008, Moore ‘resurrected’ the group and released a new track “Stupid Little Girls”. He runs the London nightclub’s Electrogogo and CanCan and continues to DJ and produce, and work as a much sought-after mixer both underground and commercially.

Keep in touch with Mark through his WEBSITE and the S-Express FACEBOOK group

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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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