The pair rapidly achieved international success with their debut single " Yes Sir, I Can Boogie ", which reached number one across much of Europe and became the best-selling single of all-time by a female groupeventually selling more than 18 million copies worldwide.
Achieving little success as solo artists, the two formed duos of their own: separate incarnations of the original Baccara appeared during the middle of the decade, with Mendiola fronting New Baccara and Mateos keeping the duo's original name. During the s New Baccara was renamed back to Baccara ; as a consequence both Mateos and Mendiola now head different duos with the same name.
Both principals have subsequently had prolonged but separate legacy I Can Boogie based on nostalgia and their earlier fame.
Mateos' Baccara has released few new recordings, but has remained in I Can Boogie for television and live I Can Boogie in countries such as Spain and Germany where the original Baccara developed a loyal fan base, performing the duo's back-catalogue and modernised versions of traditional Spanish songs. In the two women formed a singing and dancing duo using the title Venus and left the Ballet Company.
Initially the duo's act was simply that of variety show dancers. Here they found that there was an audience for the performance of traditional Spanish music and dance in a form that was adapted to suit international tastes. The duo were spotted by Leon Deane, manager of the German subsidiary of record company RCAwhilst performing flamenco dance and traditional Spanish songs for tourists mostly German in the Tres Islas Hotel on the island of Fuerteventura. He developed their stage performance and recruited their instrumental support.
Mateos and Mendiola were retitled Baccaraafter the name of the black rosein reference to the women's dark Spanish appearance. Soja is generally credited with the Baccara formula—consisting of breathy lyrics, lush backing, a disco beat and the striking image of two women Mateos dressed in black, Mendiola in white dancing.
While drawing lightly on Spanish flamenco song and dance tradition, the formula was very much rooted in s disco music. Soja's song arrangements generally used Mateos as the lead singer while Mendiola contributed backing and refrains. Recorded in I Can Boogie - Baccara - Yes Sir Netherlands and released in"Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" was an enormous pan-European hit and was a prime example of the phenomenon that is known as the "summer hit".
I Can Boogie - Baccara - Yes Sir mind-bending Common Market melding of foreign accents, bad diction, bizarre arrangements and lightweight production, usually top-heavy with strings . Later that year, a self-titled albumwritten and produced by Soja and Dostal, was released. The album Baccara was the first platinum selling album - actually double platinum in - by a foreign group in Finland.
Inthe album still remains the 6th biggest selling album of all time in Finland. A follow-up single, "Sorry, I'm a Lady", was also an international hit, peaking at the top of the charts in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium and reaching the top ten Keep On Gettin - Various - Rare Funk Uncovered the UK, Sweden and Switzerland.
They recorded different language versions of some songs see Discography below. Touring in Europe during the late s helped the duo establish a firm fan base in Germany where their records continued to be produced and the Scandinavian countries, and their Spanish-flavoured interpretation of the disco sound also brought them recognition in Japan and Russia.
Baccara represented West Germany at the eighth World Popular Song Festival held in November — until it ended in Yes Sir largest such contest in the world. Their song, "Mad in Madrid", came 14th out of 37 participating countries. However I Can Boogie - Baccara - Yes Sir sales, particularly in DenmarkSweden and Belgiummeant that the single was a commercial success. Further recognition came in when Baccara was granted Germany's most prestigious media award, Burda Publishing Group 's Bambi prize.
This is offered annually to "celebrities whose abilities have impressed, moved and enthused the people in Germany". Both of these Baccara recordings have become iconic.
Inthe album Colours and the separately-recorded single "Eins plus eins ist eins", released to mark the United Nations ' International Year of the Child and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the UN adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Although still successful, sales of these and other releases in were disappointing. Baccara's fourth and final album in the band's original incarnation was Bad Boysreleased in By this time, the disco sound had been overshadowed by newer music movements such as punknew wave and synthpop in much Yes Sir Europe and interest was largely confined to those countries where the duo had an established fan base, notably Germany.
The album was not released in the UK or US; they never achieved any recognition in the US despite some of their songs being given significant airplay.
One music critic suggested that the Baccara formula lacked artistic depth but had been "mined for all it was worth" over two years until public interest moved on to other things. The New Musical Express commented in May "Think what you like about Baccara, seen today their Eurovision performance has a certain style while their competition from that event looks dated and amateurish". The single release of "Sleepy-Time-Toy" led to a disagreement within Baccara over the vocal I Can Boogie - Baccara - Yes Sir Sweets Of Japan - Various - A Young Persons Guide To The Félicité Singles Club. A court hearing in Munich resulted inrecords being recalled from dealers and a revised recording with a new vocal mix being issued in place of the original.
A twenty eight second instrumental bridge was removed from the start of the recording thereby reducing the play time from to and the vocals were remixed so as to give Mendiola and Mateos equal prominence. The artwork for the single's cover appears to have remained unchanged. The single failed to chart successfully see Discography below. As a result of the dispute, relationships between all The Other Side Of Love - Various - Chart Runners Part 1 involved were damaged.
One consequence of this was that Soja and Dostal were not involved with Baccara's final album. Neither the album nor Murs (Remix) - IAM - Galaxie spin-off single "Colorado" were successful.
Inafter RCA declined to renew their contract, Mateos and Mendiola ended their professional partnership and both launched solo careers. However, there remained a demand for Baccara's music, particularly on the European television circuit, and by the end of the decade both Mateos and Mendiola had formed their own versions of Baccara with new singing partners.
Despite a series of name and line-up changes, both Baccara duos continue to perform around Europe and have released new albums. Both have also made re-recordings of their hits for various minor record labels, which are regularly re-packaged and re-issued under the original Baccara name, occasionally with photos of the original duo, Mateos and Mendiola, on the album covers.
However, the original song versions - those recorded between and - remain the property of Sony Music Entertainmentwhich now holds the rights to the RCA back catalogue. After the split, Mateos and Mendiola never performed together again. However, the two women remained on friendly terms. When Mateos married in Stockholm inMendiola attended the wedding as a guest. There Mendiola met a fellow guest who she subsequently married and with whom she had I Can Boogie sons. In Mendiola was living in Madrid and still performing as a singer.
Mateos' current singing partner is once again fellow Spaniard Paloma Blanco. Although having no new hits to their name, Mateos' Baccara have remained in demand for television and live performances, performing the band's extensive back catalogue — versions of which have been released as compilations — as well as up-tempo interpretations of traditional Spanish songs. InMayte Mateos was once again involved with Eurovision, when she took part along with Cristina Sevilla in the Swedish Melodifestivalen preselection contest to represent Sweden with the song "Soy tu Venus".
However, Baccara lost out to local star Lena Philipssonwho eventually placed 5th in the competition. A full-length studio album recorded in Sweden, Soy tu Venusfollowed. Although appreciated by Baccara fans, sales of the album were disappointing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the album, see Baccara album. For a deep red rose, see Black rose symbolism. I Can Boogie the card game, see Baccarat card game. I Can Boogie - Baccara - Yes Sir 31 December Archived from the original on 11 June Retrieved 22 June Archived from the original on 22 June Retrieved 25 June Archived from the original on 5 October Retrieved Namespaces Article Talk.
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