In the hors concours-shows the audience met INXS, UB 40, Soca Boys, Cindy Lauper, Stefan Banica Jr., Holograf
INXS, first named The Farriss Brothers band, included at its beginnings the drummer Jon Farriss and his brothers Andrew and Tim, their friend Hutchence, the bassist Garry Gary Beers and the saxophonist Kirk Pengilly. In 1979, when their leader left the band the teenagers changed the name of the group into INXS. The members left their hometown Perth for Sydney and began dodging beer bottles in the capital’s pubs. Their experience in Sydney a self-titled album in 1980.
In 1983 Atco Records released INXS’s first success, Shabooh Shoobah. The single Don’t Change became soon a hit, and INXS toured America.
By 1985 INXS had found its trademark with lively guitar work, funky saxophone accompaniment, lush rhythms and seductive vocals. The next album Listen Like Thieves proved the world INXS had something special to offer, while the single What You Need impressed MTV viewers.
INXS success became bigger and bigger. In 1988 Kick was awarded many times and Hutchence was referred to as rock-star. The newspapers wrote “Australia is leading the world. Need You Tonight, as well as Devil Inside, New Sensation and Never Tear Us Apart, showed that an Australian in leather pants could rule the world.”
In 1990 Michael Hutchence got involved in a love affair with the pop singer Kylie Minogue, and began his acting career in movies like Dogs in Space.
From 1991 to 1994 INXS continued with releasing albums.
Baby Live, Welcome to Wherever You Are, Full Moon, Dirty Hearts (featuring duets with Ray Charles and Chrissie Hynde) are only few examples.
In 1994 INXS changed Atlantic to Polygram, while Hutchence got involved with Paula Yates, a British personality, at that time married with Bob Geldof. They have a daughter named Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.
In 1997 INXS released another successful album, Elegantly Wasted.
On 1997, INXS were enrolled at The Golden Stag Festival in the Videoclip Contest with Elegantly Wasted.
In November 1997, on the eve of the INXS’s 20th anniversary tour, Michael Hutchence was found dead in a hotel room in Sydney. Persons close to him said he committed suicide.
The British pop reggae band UB40 was formed in 1978, in Birmingham, where its eight members first met in line at the unemployment office. Their name comes from a British unemployment benefit form. During the first months of their existence as a group, the members took music and instruments lessons before their first performance in February 1979.
The success came quickly after. On February 1980 UB40 released the first single on Graduate, a small Indie label. When Chrissie Hynde saw the group playing in London, she asked them to support The Pretenders on an U.K. tour. It was their big chance. Their single became No. 4 in the U.K Top 10. Two more singles were released soon after, and in 1981 came the debut album, Signing Off, which reached No. 2 in Britain.
In 1982 UB40 released the album, Labour of Love, featuring a version of Neil Diamond’s Red Red Wine, which reached No. 1 in U.K, and it reached the Top 10 in America.
UB40 scored again British No. 1 hit in 1985 with I Got You Babe, a song entered in the U.S. Top 30. Shortly after, UB40 became the first British band to tour the Soviet Union, an event commemorated in a feature-length video. However they were not so popular in America as they were in U.K. During 1987 and 1988, UB40 continued with their commercial success, which was highlighted by a guest appearance at the all-star Free Nelson Mandela concert at Wembley Stadium on June 11, 1988. This event was promoted by the radios in U.S. The DJs begin to play Red Red Wine. This time the single hit No. 1 in the U.S.
In the same year UB40 began an year-long world tour. When they returned home they released a second covers album named Labour of Love II. The band returned in 1993 with a version of the Elvis tune I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You that went to No. 1 in the U.S. and Britain. Two more tours followed. But the year 1997 was not a very good one for UB40. They had to cancel their U.S. tour because they were unable to fill the amphitheaters where they were supposed to play.
Two years after, in 1999, the group released the third album of covers, Labor of Love III, featuring another Neil Diamond remake, Holly Holly.
The Soca Boys is the idea of Mr. Van B King, a solo-singer who decided that a group of wild energetic dancers would do good to his singing performances.
The group was first called Stars of the Sun, and included, Manon, Miluska, Fabiola and Sandra.
Their first album was released in 2000.
Follow the Leader and Keep on Bumpin were the best songs featured on the album.
Cyndi Lauper was born in New York City in June 1953. In her early 20s Cyndi sang in several cover bands from New York, damaging her vocal chords to the point where she needed over a year to recover.
By 1977, together with John Turi she formed the unsuccessful band Blue Angel. When the band drifted Cyndi began her solo career as a vocalist performing in local clubs.
In 1983 she signed with Portrait Records releasing her debut album She’s So Unusual. The album was a smashing success, selling more than ten million copies worldwide. Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Time After Time, She Bop and All Through the Night reached the Top 10 in US. The album won a Grammy for Best New Artist.
In 1985 Cyndi recorded two tracks for the movie The Goonies. One of them, Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough For Me became an MTV hit.
In 1986 she returned to the studio to record True Colors. Even if it went platinum, the album was not very successful.
Three years after she released A Night to Remember, receiving a Grammy nomination for the hit single I Drove All Night. In November of 1991 Cyndi married actor David Thornton.
Next albums released Hat Full of Stars (1993), Twelve Deadly Cyns… And Then Some (1995), Sisters of Avalon (1996).
When in 1997 Cyndi toured the U.S. with Tina Turner, she announced she was expecting her first child.
Her child served as inspiration for her first holiday album, Merry Christmas…Have a Nice Life, which was released in 1998.
Stefan Banica Jr.
The actor-singer, Stefan Banica Jr was born in Bucharest in 1967 as the son of a very famous Romanian actor, Stefan Banica. He started his acting career very young.
In 1984, he stared in the TV serie, The Heroes Without Age. Two years after he was to become a star among teenagers with The High School High, followed by a sequel in 1987, The Paperwork.
Stefan graduated The Movie and Theatre Academy in Bucharest in 1990 and since then has been performing on Bulandra’s stage in Bucharest. With Bulandra he toured in France, England, Germany, Italy, Colombia, Japan, USA, and Egypt.
In addition with his acting career he started a musical career. In 2000 he won the first prize at Mamaia Festival in the Pop Singing Contest.
The Romanian band Holograf was formed in 1978, in Bucharest, where its members first met at the Students’ Culture House. During their first year as a band they often changed members. However from that perioud you should remember Mihai Pocorschi, Boris Petrof, Cristian Lesciuc, and Stefan Radulescu. In 1979, two new members were added to the group: Edi Petrosel and Tino Furtuna. On the same year, Holograf won an important prize in Club A Festival for the rock-opera The Bitter Stratosphere.
The band kept going with the inner changes. The guitar player Cornel Stanescu became a Holograf’ member.
In 1983, three of the founding members ( M. Pocorschi, E. Petrosel, T. Furtuna), along with two Romanian musicians, Gabriel Cotabita and Nicky themistocle, released the first album, Holograf 1.
In 1986, Holograf has found its stable formula: Edi Petrosel, Tino Furtuna, Dan Bitman, Ion Olteanu, and Marti Popescu. Shortly after they recorded the second album, Holograf 2, released only in 1987.
New changes occurred. Iulian Vrabete replaced M.Popescu.
Soon, the band started to tour the country. They became more and more popular while the critics agreed Holograf is the best rock band in Romania.
The third album, Holograf 3, released in 1988, has been sold in 200,000 copies. With this album the band toured in socialist countries like Bulgaria, RDG, U.S.S.R., Poland, and North Coreea. In the autumn of 1989, the band released the fourth product, Holograf 4.
After the Romanian revolution, Florin Ochescu replaced the guitarist Ion Olteanu.
In July 1990 they signed a contract with a company from England. As they said it has been the first contact with professional music.
Between 1991 – 1993 Holograf played in the Nederlands.
In 1992 they released Money Talks. One year later the guitarist F. Ochescu was replaced by the young Romeo Dediu.
Holograf signed with Captain Records, and released an album containing the English version of the Holograf’ songs released in Italy.
The next album was released after three years. 1995 was a turning point in their musical career. Holograf continued with the albums: 69% Unplugged (1996), Supersonic (1998),
Ti-am dat un inel/I gave you the ring (1999). The best success ever was Holografica (2000). In the first two weeks they sold 100,000 copies and all the venues they had in the releasing tour have been sold out a week before each concert.
UB 40 – an interview by Alma Dinca
This is the third of several interviews done these days at The Golden Stag Festival in the lobby of Aro Palace Hotel. I’m siting on the very comfortable armchair while the boys are lying on the couch next to me. We’ve just finished the press conference, and I know they have already answered many of the questions… But, come on! An exclusive interview with UB40. I can’t miss it. Just for your information. Brian is not with us. He is recovering from a pain chest or something.
A.D. Let’s talk a little bit about your beginning as a group. I know you met in line at the unemployment office. How it all started? You just stood there and decided you should earn money from music ?
Asrtro This is going to be nice (laughs). Oau!? It has been a while we didn’t talk about the start point. We come from a working class area from Birmingham. We grew up listening to reggae, and attending weekend reggae parties… So, on Monday when you walked on the street and saw somebody listening to reggae you went to him and said: Excuse me! Switch it off! This was motivation for us. Not to mention at that time, Birmingham had some financial problems… like the whole country. So, it’s true what you said. We stood there at the unemployment office and decided we should do something.
Ali Campbell Most of us were in school together, and everybody, all eight, spoke about forming a band. That was the perfect time for us.
A.D. How hard it was to stick together for such a long time ?
Robin Campbell We’ve known each other from ages of 8 or 11. But even if the band finishes we still will go own on our own.
A.D. What are you up to? Any intention of releasing a new album ?
Robin Campbell We are going to release in October a new album. It is called Cover Up. The title track was written to support the United Nations campaign against AIDS, a campaign in which we have been pretty much involved for the last six months. The title track is about wearing condoms… it was a very difficult song to write.
A.D. Are you O.K. with web sites that provide free music on the Internet ?
James Brown Like I said in the Press Conference, I like it. I know I shouldn’t be saying this, but I have nothing against sites like Napster. I don’t think people who download music from the Internet will no longer buy the albums. People still buy it, if it’s good. And most of the money does not come from selling the albums… so… I’m O.K. with this.
A.D. For three year you were out of business, so to say. What did you do from 1995 till 1999 when you released your the third album of covers, Labor of Love III ?
Robin Campbell We had a holiday. We emailed to friends and took care of our children. Except Ali who had been to Jamaica writing songs.
A.D. Have you ever had the chance to listen some Romanian music ? Have you met a Romanian singer ?
Robin and Ali Campbell No till today. We’ve just met 3rei Sud Est in the lobby. We’ve talked and took pictures. That’ all. We don’t know anything about how they sing or what they sing.
A.D. You worked with Sandra Bulock and Jason Patric for Speed 2. How was it working with them ? Did you meet Sandra or you shot your scenes separately ?
Robin Sandra was lovely. Jason… we didn’t speak to him at all. We had a few days in Hollywood, all expenses paid. We don’t really get to see much. You know… we were there just to sing our song.
A.D. More movies to come for you ?
Robin If they invite us, I don’t see why not. They pay good money (laughs).
A.D. When you found out for the first time about The Golden Stag Festival ? When you decided you should come to perform here ?
Robin Campbell Right now we are on a summer tour still promoting our Very Best of Albums, which is an album of hits. This is a festival where we will sing our best hits. We performed in Poland, Sweden, and from here we will go in Greece, and then back home for our 21st Birthday Show. We were invited to sing in Romania, so we came. We didn’t know much about this festival, and we still don’t know much. But, it’s wonderful to be here for the first time.
ALINA – GERMANY
SAY COLOUR ( group) – SWEDEN
EDWIN WILLIAMSON- IRELAND
NUSA DERENDA – SLOVENIA
JULIO FOWLER- SPAIN
LUMINITA ANGHEL – ROMANIA
ANTERO- BOYS (group) – INDONESIA
DONATELLA – CANADA
GINNY (group)- NEDERLAND
2FUNKY (group) – NEDERLAND
VALAHIA (group)- ROMANIA
CHESLOVAS GABALIS and band – LITHUANIA
POLONA FURLAN – SLOVENIA
MELANIE – GERMANY
BTR (band ) – BULGARIA
MERCHE and band – SPAIN
PROCONSUL (band) – ROMANIA
Proconsul, the pop-rock band, was formed in the spring of 1999. Since its begging the band had a stable formula: Bogdan “Bodo” Marin (vocal), Dragos Dinca (guitar, backing vocal), Robert Anghelescu (keyboards, backing vocal), Karoly Visky (bass), and Vali Petricenko (drums).
In 1999 the band released the first maxi-single De la rusi/From Russians which soon became No.1 in the country. By the next year, Proconsul recorded the first album Tatuaj/Tattoo. The release was celebrated by a concert where songs like Barosan /The Big Guy, Var’vara/Summer Summer, Fata cu tatuaj/The Girl with a Tattoo, and Cerul/The Sky were really appreciated.
In 2000, Cerul/The Sky won at Mamaia Festival the third prize in the Songwriting Contest.
The rock band BTR was formed in 1984 in Bulgaria. Initially its members performed in clubs and were doing some concert activity. Between 1991 – 1993 the band released two important albums: BTR Live and Bending the Rules. These two albums were based on the heavy guitar sound and on the precise rhythm section, additionally determined by high vocal parts.
In 1993 the band suffered few changes. The vocal and the guitarist left the band. Cyril Bozhkov and Atanas Penev replaced them. The new BTR included: Cyril Bozhkov – guitars, Ivan Kalfov – bass guitar and vocals, Georgy Milev – drums, Slavcho Nikolov – guitars and vocals, Atanas Penev – vocals.
In 1994, they released the third album, Feel the life. This new product was more based on heavy metal. In 1997, BTR performed at the French Cosmopoliten Festival. The audience was more than trilled.
Deliverance was released in 1998, becoming soon one of the greatest Bulgarian hits also featured in two film soundtracks. The single was included in the music lessons of the Bulgarian schools and charted for months the tops in Bulgaria. The band was granted an award from the Passport scotch music jury and the Passport scotch Award of the fans in Bulgaria.
On the same year BTR released the mini-CD, Seven ballads, featuring multimedia tracks, video clips, interviews and guitar tabulates. The next successful album, Dreams, was released in 1999. With Dreams, BTR performed at a music Festival in Greece and toured Bulgaria.
In 1999 BTR won the Golden antennas Clip Award and the Hit of the Year Award of MM (the Bulgarian music TV channel).
Polona Furlan was born in 1977 in Slovenia. Actually she is attending a Management College. Her musical debut goes back to her hometown where she used to sing in church. Since she needed money for her student life, Polona had been singing at weddings and parties, even if her parents didn’t agree with her career as an artist.
Polona won last year the EUROFEST 2000 in Skopje, Macedonia.
Trivia: Polona likes to listen to Tina Turner, Sting and Annie Lenox.
Favourite movie: Alcatraz.
Favourite food: Italian cuisine and fish
She likes a good wine.
Two boys and a girl formed Valahia in the summer of 1998. Shortly after, Laura had decided to give up the pop-solo career and left the band. Mihai Treistariu joined Dorin and Costi. On the same year they attended Mamaia Festival and won the second prize in the Singing Contest.
In May 1999 they released the first album titled Valahia, and in November Costi left the band. The second album, Why, was released in March 2000. The single bearing the name of the album was enrolled in the Eurovision Contest.
Nusa Derenda was born in 1969 in Brezice, Slovenia. At the age of two she made her parents realize she was to be a singer. She started by singing in choruses, performing as a soloist, and learning how to play the accordion. Shortly before graduating elementary school she joined a band of young musicians. In 1990, she formed a new group. By that time she had already become quite professional and since 1998 she toured Slovenia, Germany, Switzerland.
In 1998, she joined the group called Happy Hour. They accompanied her in the concerts. On the same year, Nusa released her first album, Take Me, Wind. She won the Slovene TV Contest Orion.
At the Slovene Pop Contest in 1999 she won the Best Singer Award. At the MMS festival (Melodies of the Sea and the Sun) she won the second prize of the audience with the song The Goddess, and in 2000 at the Orion Contest Nusa was awarded for the songs Twenty Years and Don’t Call Me.
SayColour was formed in 1995 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The band’s trend is guitar-based pop music. The group’ members are Mikael Vilkas, Tobias Jeanson and Claes Jax. The interest has been big for Say Colour’s music and before the debut album Seeing Is Believing was finished it was clear that it would be released not only in the Nordic countries but also in several European countries as well as Canada. The debut album, Seeing is Believing, features 13 songs written by Say Colour and Kenneth Pilo.
Mikael Vilkas (drums, keyboard, lyrics and music) is the visionary driving force of the group. He has hosted a Swedish TV programme, the World of Technology on channel 5 and been host for Z-TV’s On Tour. In 1999 he was awarded with the Swedish Radio gold for Best Produced Radio Commercial Spot. Before being a Say Colour Mikael was part of the group Neopop.
Claes Jax (lead vocals, guitar, lyrics and music) was working as a bartender at a popular ski resort in Norway when he found out that he could sing. It was in a karaoke contest where he jumped in, won first prize and discovered just how much fun it was be on stage. He returned home, studied acting and abandoned a promising career as a cook and bartender. In 1995 he met Mikael and Tobias and joined Say Colour.
Tobias Jeanson (keyboard, bass, lyrics and music) plays bass, piano and guitar, but on stage he prefers the bass. He has studied at the Swedish Academy of Music, played synth in a synthdisco band and worked as a Radio-DJ. Tobias has been writing music ever since his upper secondary school days. But it was not until he met Mikael that he found someone who shared his musical ambition.
Ceslovas Gabalis, the vocal of The Ashes, was born in Rapla, Estonia. He was the one who formed back in 1997 the rock band The Ashes. By the next year he already had won the Lithuanian Festival Trophy, and had been awarded with the Bravo Prize being recognized as the Best Singer of ’97 in Estonia.
Lullaby, Ceslovas’ best single ever released charted for months the Lithuanian Tops, while The Burning Souls was the best-sold album of ’97.
Since his musical debut, he has been singing in Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, Sweden, Holland and Mexico.
Trivia: Ceslovac’s idols are Sting, Brian Adams, Rod Stewart, and AC/DC.
Favourite movie: Fight Club.
Favourite food: fish and seafood.
He likes to drink whisky.
The Golden Stag Trophy
PROCONSUL – ROMANIA
Best Pop Vocal Performance
LUMINITA ANGHEL – ROMANIA
Best Dance Group Performance
VALAHIA – ROMANIA
Best Rock Vocal Performance
URBAN TALE – FINLAND
People’s Choice Award – POP
LUMINITA ANGHEL – ROMANIA
People’s Choice Award – POP-ROCK
VALAHIA – ROMANIA
People’s Choice Award – POP-DANCE
PROCONSUL – ROMANIA
Special Award for the Best Performance of a Romanian Song
NUSA DERENDA – SLOVENIA