90’s Eurodance Club Party: Culture Beat, Nice & Wild, Snap!, Captain Hollywood

Nightclubs in the 90’s were moving away from Madonna, Stacey Q, and the top 40 pop dance hits to the new Eurodance craze that combined techno, Hi-NRG, rap, and house music. Culture Beat’s international #1 hit, “Mr Vain” sold 10 million copies. Their meshing of hip hop with their German roots takes you back to 1993 and the dance clubs.

Captain Hollywood got their name when their lead singer, Tony Dawson Harrison, would perform in his U.S. Army uniform. Like most of these artists, internationally they achieved their greatest success, multiple singles hitting the charts. Here in the U.S. most of these groups were essentially one-hit wonders. “More And More” was originally the song, Saturday Night Live, chose as the theme for the Night At The Roxbury duo, Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell. Later they switched to Haddaway’s “What Is Love?”

The trio released this song in 1986 and followed it up with “Obsession” on their second album. Here is the extended version that the DJ’s favored. Once again, the Eurobeats combined with positive lyrics of love and peace creating a dancefloor party anthem that has outlived the band’s career.

Turbo B, the lead rapper in the German based Snap!, cast a physically dominating presence on stage. His powerful vocals carried two songs internationally into the Top 20 with “The Power” and “Rhythm Is A Dancer”. They were sued over “The Power” for illegally sampling Mantronix’s rap beats and Jocelyn Brown’s lyrics. Despite the controversy, the song hit #1 in the UK and #2 in the States.