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Well slice me nice, Eurodisco legend Fancy is coming to Orange County!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, December 23, 2013 12:56pm | Post a Comment
Fancy, the singer of hits including "Angel Eyes," "Bolero," "China Blue," "Cold as Ice," "Flames of Blue," "Lady of Ice," "Latin Fire," "Slice me Nice" and more is coming to the US for the first time ever in January, 2014. He'll be playing at R3 Social Lounge in Stanton (North Orange County/Little Saigon) on the 17th of that month. The event will be DJed by Ian "DJ BPM" Nguyen and hosted by TQ. Get your tickets by clicking here. For all you Los Angeles Italo-heads who think driving to OC is harder than crossing the Sahara -- it's only about 40 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles to Stanton. It's also served by several OCTA lines so quit making excuses.


For those unfamiliar with Fancy, he’s also written material for other artists, most notably, Grant Miller (who was introduced to Fancy by none other than Divine!), and produced notable Italo-disco hits for artists including Linda Jo Rizzo (formerly of Bobby Orlando's act, The Flirts), and Mozzart. Scoring his friends Siegfried & Roy's stage shows has exposed him to an audience who's nonetheless unaware of his identity but his greatest stuff is his solo work so here's a brief history...

Manfred Alois Segieth (or is it Manfred Aulhausen -- details about Eurodisco performers are often quite hazy) was born on July 7, 1946 in München, Germany. The son of a practically-minded craftsmen, he was enrolled in a Capuchin school where he trained to become a monk. However, a change of plans became necessary after the twelve-year-old heard schlager star Ted Harold’s “Moonlight” and subsequently picked up the guitar.

After high school, Manfred formed a Cliff Richard & the Shadows-influenced band, Mountain Shadows. At the same time, he began shopping around his own compositions which he occasionally recorded under the name "Tess Teiges," beginning in 1971.
 
1983 was the year that KISS took off their make-up, McDonald's introduced the McNugget, and I first started actively listening to music on my own after realizing that all of my classmates were obsessed with some fellow named Michael Jackson with whom I was wholly unfamiliar. If there was a "Year that Italo Broke," then 1983 was probably it too.



In 1983 Manfred adopted the suitably Italian alias, "Manfred Perilano" but more importantly, the nom de discque of "Fancy." After Fancy asked Todd Canedy to write a song for him, he recorded a demo of “Slice Me Nice” which he submitted to composer/producer Anthony Monn, who’d previously achieved world-wide successes with husky-voiced diva, Amanda Lear




Usually collaborating, Segieth and Monn embraced a brand of dance music which, thanks to its elevated sense of melody and songcraft, was as at home in and out of the dance clubs where it was most popular. Though largely unknown outside the dance scene in the Anglosphere, Fancy performed very well commercially and, along with his Eurodisco peers, he undeniably helped prepare the world for similar-sounding English musicians and producers, like Stock, Aitken & Waterman and Eurobeat acts like Dead or Alive, who achieved both club and mainstream success with a similar formula.


 
In 1984, Fancy scored a hat trick with the infectious “Chinese Eyes,”  “Get Lost Tonight” and “Slice Me Nice.” All three are absolute masterpieces of tuneful, melodramatic dance fluff that added an undeniable and irresistible Hi-NRG influence to the comparatively relaxed Italo-disco sound epitomized the previous year by Gazebo's “I Like Chopin.” There was also a strong visual element to Fancy, who seemed to shop at the same stores as ABC's Martin Fry but rock loads of make-up in the New Romantic style.


In 1985, Fancy released his first full-length album, Get Your Kicks (1985 Metronome), which included allthe previous year’s singles. He made his first appearance on French TV and performed his first shows in North America, mostly at gay clubs. His sophomore release, Contact (1986 Metronome), spawned “Bolero (Hold Me in Your Arms Again),” which was reportedly number one in Spain for nearly six months. 




That same year, Fancy extensively toured clubs in Germany, Sweden and North America. The video for another single off the album, “Lady of Ice,” featured the (as always) tarted up, shiny-clothed Fancy prancing on a laser grid dance floor in outer space and I challenge anyone reading this to come up with anythingmore '80s. "Lady of Ice" went gold in Scandinavia.

Fancy Get Your Kicks Fancy Contact Fancy Flames of Love

Fancy's third album, Flames of Love (1988 Metronome) featured both Monn/Fancy collaborations as wellas some of Fancy’s first solo compositions and its title track was huge in Poland. He closed out the decade that he seemed so indelibly tied to with All My Loving (1989 Metronome), whose title track was a hit in Europe. Like most of Fancy's Eurodisco peer, for most of the ‘90s he released little-or-no new music,instead mostly repackaging, remixing and revisiting his former glories, often clothed in the trappings of fleetingly popular styles like Eurodance, Hip-House and (more lastingly popular), Trance.
 
  Fancy Forever Magic

Fancy pursued the emerging Eurodance style with releases like Five (1990 Metronome) and with Steve D5 & Grandmaster Tess’s hip-house re-make of his “When Guardian Angels Cry,” called “When Guardian Angels… Rap,” featured on (1991 ZYX Music), which mixed some new material and with old. Attributed to “Fancy and Band,” Blue Planet Zikastar (1995 Koch International) saw Fancy moved into more straightforward pop territory and includes “Saramoti,” a piece Fancy composed for his friends Siegfried and Roy’s show, Master of the Impossible. Colours of Life (1996 G.I.B. Music & Distribution GmbH) and D.I.S.C.O. (1999 Disco Records) followed. In the 2000s, Fancy's musical output slowedconsiderably and his only new material was the release, Voices from Heaven (2004 ZYX Music) and Forever Magic (2008 Happy Vibes).

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Do not miss this opportunity to see Fancy live! And if you're an Italo/Euro-disco fan, follow Keep on Music on Facebook as they've thus far brought Fred Ventura, Gazebo, Gina T, Ken Laszlo, Lian Ross, Linda Jo Rizzo, and Tom Hooker & Miki Chieregato (Den Harrow) to Southern California and additionally thrown many other New Wave (in the Asian New Wave/Vietnamese New Wave sense of the term) events that you should stop sleeping on! See you there and...

Euro Disco star Lian Ross is coming to Orange County and Texas!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 4, 2013 01:34pm | Post a Comment


Lian Ross
, whose Euro disco hits include "Fantasy," "It's up to you," "Say you'll never," "Scratch my name," "You're my soul" and others, is performing two upcoming shows this month -- on 20 September at R3 Social Lounge in Stanton, Orange County and on 21 September at Red Velvet inHoustonTexas. Both events will be DJed by DJ BPM and hosted by TQ.

If you're at all familiar with the European pop scene then you probably suspect that Lian Ross is a stage name -- if so then you're correct. Ross was born Josephine Hiebel, on 8 December 1962 in Hamburg, Germany. Throughout her career, Ross's partmer both in music and marriage has been Luis Rodriguez-Salazar, himself distinguished by an impressive musical career.

Rodriguez was born in Fuente el Fresno, Ciudad Real, Spain in 1948, and as a young man played bass and guitar in Los Esclavos -- a Spanish group who played the clubs of Hamburg, the German city where Rodriguez would later make his home. His first single, "Rose von Valencia" b/w "Es kommt die nacht," was an Hispano-Teutonic ballad. More solo singles followed but it was as an arranger, co-producer, engineer and mixer (usually employing the pseudonym Bobby To) with artists like Modern Talking and C.C. Catch that Rodriguez would first truly make his mark.






Rodriguez's wife and collaborator first recorded as Josy, releasing "Do the rock" b/w "What'd you say" and "I know" b/w "Gimme more" (both 1981), and "Mama say" b/w "Stop and go" (1983) for Hamburg's Master Records.



Her last release on the label was 1984's "Magic" b/w "Who said you were the one" which also represented the couple's first collaboration with arranger Fauntleroy Skeete Davis aka "Leroy Skeete."






















In 1985 Hiebel adopted the stage name to Lian Ross and, continuing to work with Rodriguez-Salazar 
and Skeete, released "Say you'll never" and "Fantasy" b/w "Saturday night." In 1986 Ross released"It's up to you" and "Neverending love." In 1987 she released "Oh won't you tell me" b/w "Reach out" and a cover of Sylvester's "Do you wanna funk?" In 1988 she released "Say say say." In 1989 she released "Feel so good." During the same period, though uncredited, she contributed vocals to Loco Loco's "Hey Mr. DJ," Chicano's "Tengo tengo," and Don Luis y Compania's "Viva el amor." 

As was the case with many Euro disco recording artists of the 1980s, Ross/Hiebel spent most of the 1990s lending her vocals to a various dance projects including Bass of Spades, Boom Boom Club, Cherry, Dana Harris, Divina, Dreamscape, Exotica, Happy House, Hi-Q, Jay Jay, Jobel, Joelle, Shona, Stockholm Underground, Tears N' Joy, Teeko X, and 2 Funky.



During that decade, only 1994's "Keep this feeling" was credited to Lian Ross.





In 2005, again as Lian Ross, Hiebel released "I wanna" and "Never gonna lose." That year she also released a collection of hits -- The Best of and More was released in 2005. In 2009 she released "Young hearts run free."



In 2012, Ross and Alan Alvarez released their version of "Minnie The moocher" which was included on her debut album, 2013's I Got The Beat (Weiss Records). 




Tickets (limited to just 200) for the Stanton show are $30 in advance, $35 at the door (order here). More information about the Houston show soon.

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