Undercover

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Undercover

Undercover went undercover in 1992 with two smash hit covers. So we went undercover to find out where they are now!

Steve Mac, Jon Jules, Tim Laws and John Matthews came together in 1991 to form dance group Undercover, although it wasn’t until September 1992 that they released their first single, a cover of Gerry Rafferty’s huge 1978 global hit “Baker Street”. Signed to Pete Waterman’s PWL (International) record label was perhaps a guarantee of success from the word go and hardly surprisingly, “Baker Street” took off and made the top ten all across Europe, peaking at No.2 in the UK – one place higher than Rafferty’s original had achieved – and becoming the eleventh biggest seller of the year!

Undercover followed this with another cover, this time Andrew Gold’s 1978 hit “Never Let Her Slip Away” which pretty much did the same business as “Baker Street”, breaking the top ten around most of Europe and reaching No.5 in the UK, the same chart high as Gold’s original had achieved fourteen years earlier!

The group released their debut album “Check Out The Groove” before the year was out, which would make No.26 in the UK. Two further singles were released in 1993, Gallagher and Lyle’s 1976 No.6 hit “I Wanna Stay With You” (UK No.28) and Bruce Hornsby and the Range’s classic 1986 hit “The Way It Is”, which Undercover took to No.45 in the UK.

Their second album “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us” came in 1994 and included the singles “Lovesick” (UK No.62) and “Best Friend” (UK No.79). In 1995 they covered The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” and the following year released “Bring Back Your Love”. Undercover recorded an unofficial Euro2004 anthem with “Viva England” in 2004 which reached No.49 in the UK becoming their highest charted position for over ten years.

Since then, John still performs as well as being a prolific tweeter and follower of Arsenal Football Club, Jon Jules became a respected DJ and producer and Steve Mac would become one of the most successful songwriters in the business, writing thirty UK chart topping singles for artists like Westlife, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis, Little Mix and many others!

You can follow John Matthews on TWITTER, Jon Jules on TWITTER and Steve Mac on TWITTER and his FACEBOOK page

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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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