La Bouche Biography
Last updated: 09/11/2000 08:09:12 PM
La Bouche means The Mouth in French. Named after the 'big mouth' that vocalist Melanie Thornton has. The producers didn't think 'The Mouth' was an appropriate name for a dance-act, so they decided to go with the French translation, "La Bouche".
The first single, "Sweet Dreams (o la o la e)", was a big hit in Germany and France in early 1994. This single could be found on the soundtrack of an cartoon ('Asterix & Obelix') movie. In the rest of Europe the success of this single was mediocre.
The single which brought them the big success was the chartbusting "Be My Lover", hitting top 10 in many countries, incl. the UK, Holland, Germany and even the USA. This song saw the light in 1994, but 1995 was the year it was picked up by many radiostations. At the time that "Be My Lover" was storming the Billboard Hot 100 the third single was already released in Europe called "Falling In Love".
"Falling In Love" was something completely different then the first two singles. Not a high energy eurodance track, but a groovy R&B, soul track. This single indicated the broad variety of musical styles of La Bouche. Not only do they do dance, but they can also bring sensitive ballads.
After the release of "Falling In Love" the album "Sweet Dreams" was released. This album is very versatile, containing uptempo dance tracks, groovy R&B tracks and even ballads. The Dutch version of the "Sweet Dreams" album contained 15 tracks including two remixes of "Falling In Love" [Dance mix] and "Be My Lover" [House mix]. Track 13 was also different on the Dutch version. The Dutch track 13 was the very uptempo, hi-nrg dance track "Mama Look (I Love Him)". I've seen versions were track 13 was "Le Click: Love Is In The Air". And there's more... the US version also doesn't contain the track "Forget Me Nots. This track was the opening track of the European album.
At the end of 1995 the remix of "Sweet Dreams (the single) was (re-)released in Holland. This time it reached the Dutch charts and stayed there a couple of weeks, but it didn't have the impact as "Be My Lover".
In the mean time La Bouche were touring the USA. Everywhere they came the crowd went crazy. The powerfull vocals of Melanie and the groovy raps of Lane McCray impressed the American crowds.
"I Love To Love" was chosen as the next single, in the beginning of 1996. The track was remixed for the radio/video-release. They slowed it down a little bit, removed some raps and put some new euro-nrg sounds in it.
I was kind of surprised to see that the Dutch follow-up to "I Love To Love" was "Forget Me Nots". I [CJ - The Webmaster] thought (or better said 'hoped') that they would release "Mama Look" or "Where Do You Go". But I could have know that they wouldn't chose any of these two, because "Mama Look" wasn't on every release-version and "Where Do You Go" was going to be released by "No Mercy, the boy-band who has a contract at the same] recordcompany as La Bouche (and in fact are being produced by "Frank Farian, the man who stood behind La Bouche. On the No Mercy remix-CD-single of "Where Do You Go" you can hear Melanie Thornton!!).
"Forget Me Nots" didn't do very well in the Dutch charts, an I don't even think this track was released in every country. In some countries "Forget Me Nots" was released together with "I Love To Love" as a B-Side single. I guess La Bouche hoped that the more club oriented sound of "Forget Me Nots" would do good in the Dutch charts, because we (the Dutch) have a tendency to buy clubrecords a lot!
The album "All Mixed Up" was released at the end of 1996. As the title suggests it contains remixes of their hits and a megamix. It also includes "Le Click: Love Is In The Air. Le Click is the name of the band which Melanie used to sing for, and "Tonight Is The Night" was their first single.
"Bolingo (Love Is In The Air)". The first track not taken from the debut album. If this track is an indication of what we can expect from La Bouche in the future, be ready for a change of style.
I personally hope that the next single won't be midtempo as this one. I think it's time for an high-nrg eurodance track, or maybe even an happy hardcore track... yeah that would be nice to see La Bouche go happy, but then again... I don't think we have to expect anything as fast as 170 Bpm from La Bouche cause
The American market isn't ready for something as fast as happy hardcore (sent me a mail if you disagree!!) and
La Bouche wouldn't be La Bouche if they went happy hardcore...
1997. "Bolingo (Love Is In The Air)" was only released in Germany, but since this single didn't have the expected success as La Bouche had hoped, they decided to not release it in any other countries.
But maybe the new single (released in October '97) called "You Won't Forget Me" will do better in the charts! This new song is an upbeat Future Trance (the future of eurodance) single, which happens to be one of the most popular dance styles at the moment! Low basslines, eurobeats, melodious hooks, trance influences.. it's all in there. It's a great dance track with strong vocals from both Melanie and Lane! Watch out for this one! Wanna bet you can sing along to this one right from the start?
This track was taken of the new album "A Moment Of Love", which was retitled to "S.O.S." in the US. Rumours of "Mama Look (I Love Him)" being on the US version of the album are untrue.
The German version of the "A Moment Of Love"-album sees a big surprise... "Bolingo" isn't on the album!!! But just like the debut album it's very versatile.
Unlike some reviewers, whose name shall be left unmentioned, have written the album does NOT feature 'just one hit single "You Won’t Forget Me" plus tons of R&B ballads and other funky junk'.
It's true that "You Won't Forget Me" is one of the faster tracks of the album (if not THE fastest), but there are other tracks which fall into the dance category, like the great songs ""Unexpected Lovers", "S.O.S." (Future Trance at it's best), "Whenever You Want (I'll Be There)" (this track sounds just like a No Mercy song!!) and of course the "You Won't Forget Me" -remix!
Like on their debut album it also features ballads (like the title track) and several funky stuff which La Bouche love to do live. All in all it's an album which will find it's way to broad diversity of people because of it's very versatile. Go listen to it. You might like it...
NEWS And there is news from the La Bouche front!!!! The new single will be the title track of the album. "A Moment Of Love" has been remixed into a very dance-able song and should do great in the clubs. They have already performed this song live on German television so you should see this single in the stores near you very soon!
June 1998. The La Bouche album was released in the U.S. 8 months after the European release.
Februari 1999 sees the release of the new La Bouche single... For the follow up to "A Moment Of Love" they've chosen another single of their second album... It's a little bit strange knowing that most dance acts don't release singles of 2 year old albums. Most acts simply chose to release new material. But fortunately for us they have chosen to release the strongest song of the "A Moment Of Love" album... The new single will be "S.O.S." and it has already been released in Germany.
Melanie Thornton is dead after plane crash near Zurich in Switzerland in November 24, 2001