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