EYC

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? EYC (Express Yourself Clearly)

In 1993, EYC were “Feelin’ Alright”. In 1994 they wanted to be “Number One”. Can you Express Yourself Clearly?

Express Yourself Clearly (EYC) were a short lived American trio of the early-mid 1990’s who actually achieved their greatest success outside The US, chiefly in Great Britain and Australia. They were Dave Loeffler (b.1970), and Trey Parker and Damon Butler (both born in 1972) who came together in 1992 to take America ‘by storm’. It didn’t quite work out that way as their debut single, “Get Some”, failed to chart when it was released in the Summer of 1993.

Their second single, “Feelin’ Alright”, did, however, make an impression in Australia and the UK, where it reached No.7 and No.16 respectively. Got on its heels at the beginning of 1994 came “The Way You Work It”, which made No.14 in the UK but did less well ‘down under’ and its follow up, “Number One”, did nothing of the sort, just making the top thirty in the UK. The trio gained their most successful, certainly in chart terms, with “Black Book” in mid-1994, which actually made an appearance Stateside, reaching the dizzy heights of No.21 on the US dance chart. The song gave the group their third UK top twenty hit and a No.25 in Australia.

Their self-titled debut album (“Express Yourself Clearly”) was another top twenty success in the UK, eventually gaining a Silver certification for sales of more than 60,000 copies. It failed to do anything in Australia. A fifth and final single from the album, “Once More Chance” just charted on the UK dance chart. Later that year, the trio released a brand new track, “Ooh-Ah-Aa (I Feel It)”, which just scraped inside the UK top 40. “Ooh-Ah-Aa (I Feel It)” was the lead single from their second studio album titled “Put It On”, which was released in 1996, but it went the same way as the only other single released from the album, “In The Beginning” and that was nowhere. After two further singles in 1999, “This Thing Called Love” and “Only A Dream”, both bombed, EYC called it a day. Now that’s expressing yourself clearly!

Prior to joining EYC, Trey Parker had been a child actor, appearing in an episode of Baywatch in 1990. He returned to acting following the groups break up and also splits his time performing on film and TV soundtracks as well. Damon Butler continued in music as a backing singer and dancer for a number of artists including Backstreet Boys and Anastacia. Dave Loeffler has become something of a music mogul, managing and producing bands including boy band Why Don’t We? who have achieved numerous hits in America as well as a top ten album, “8 Letters”, which also made No.25 in the UK. So finally, Loeffler has achieved chart success in The States, more than twenty-five years after his own attempt.

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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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