U96

U96

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German techno act that made it's name in 1991 with the chart-topping commercial success of the track "Das Boot", based on the theme music of the movie "Das Boot". The name "U96" is the designation of the German U-boat featured in the film.

U96 consists of:
Ingo Hauss (1991-2006 & 2014-, vocals, instruments and programming)
Hayo Panarinfo (1991-2006 & 2014-, instruments and programming)
Josh Stolten (2014-, instruments and programming).

Former members:
Alex Christensen (1991-2014, frontman and DJ)
Helmut Hoinkis (1991-2006, management)
Skadi Lange (1991-1995, vocals and instruments)
Dea-Li (1996 / 1997, vocals).

U96 also had some guest singers like Daisy Dee, Carol Bailey and Lia Lane.

U96 started in 1991. Their first big hit was "Das Boot". At first, nobody was interested in releasing the single. But with the help of Alex Christensen's girlfriend at that time the single was released by Polydor. The record went up to position 1 in the German charts, and stayed there for 16 weeks.
Other big hits are "I Wanna Be A Kennedy" (1992), "Love Sees No Colour" (1993), "Love Religion" (1994), "Club Bizarre" (1995), "Heaven" (1996) and "Energie" (1998).
The style of their first two albums ("Das Boot", 1992 and "Replugged", 1993) was more in the Techno and Electro style. With the release of their third album ("Club Bizarre", 1995) they changed their style completely into the more commercial dance and trance style. In 1998 they tried it again with the in this time popular electro-pop style, but without big success.

In 2000 U96 released "Das Boot 2001", a remake of the classic "Das Boot", but with more vocals and a big remix package (Cosmic Gate, DJ Errik, DJ Mellow-D, Blue Nature, Schiller, Avancada). In this year also their Best Of -Album had been released. It did not include "Das Boot".

In 2003 U96 made another comeback with the single We Call It Love. But it also had no big success.

In March 2006 the new single "Vorbei", featured by Ben, was released. U96 now changed their style from Trance / Hands Up to more commercial Pop. On this production there was only Alex Christensen who produced it, so U96 didn't consist any more of the team Matiz / AC. The new team of U96 consisted of Alex Christensen and Steffen Häfelinger.

It's important to note that Alex Christensen, who was U96 frontman for almost 20 years, never sang any classic U96 hits, neither did he do any major sound programming or composing. Most male vocals, including "Love Sees No Colour" and "Night In Motion", were done by Ingo Hauss (his recognizable voice also can be heard on certain Boytronic tracks and post-U96 project called Potemkin).

In late 2014 the project was revived by Ingo Hauss and Hayo Lewerentz with Josh Stolten (without Alex Christensen), by releasing a new song called "Planet Earth" (originally as U96Reboot, but the actual release was already under U96). They are also doing live gigs, that consist of new material and remakes of the old U96 tracks, like "Das Boot", "Night In Motion", "Club Bizarre", "Love Sees No Colour", etc.

In Fall 2015, U96 released four new singles, which were all later released on The Dark Matter EP :
- 19th Oct : "Blood Of The Rose", a remake of one of the Potemkin tracks,
- 26th Oct : "Dark Matter"
- 2nd Nov : "Human Cosmic"
- 9th Nov : "Run With It"

A new album has been announced to be released in March 2016.

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U96 Discography

Albums

U 96* Das Boot (Album) Polydor, Polydor UK 1992 Sell This Version
U 96* Replugged (Album) Urban Germany 1993 Sell This Version
U96 Club Bizarre (Album) Guppy Poland 1995 Sell This Version
U96 Heaven (Album) Guppy Japan 1996 Sell This Version
4019593001307 U96 Out Of Wilhelmsburg(CD, Album) Centaurus 4019593001307 Germany 2007 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

U96 Das Boot (Maxi, Single) Polydor UK 1991 Sell This Version
U96 Ambient Underworld (Single, Maxi) Polydor France 1992 Sell This Version
U 96* I Wanna Be A Kennedy (Single, Maxi) Polydor UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
U96 Das Boot / Kennedy (Megamix) (Maxi, Single) Polydor France 1992 Sell This Version
U 96* Come 2Gether (Maxi) Polydor Germany 1992 Sell This Version
U 96* Come 2Gether / Der Kommandant (Maxi) Polydor Germany 1992 Sell This Version
U 96* Night In Motion (Maxi, Single) Urban Germany 1993 Sell This Version
U96 Love Sees No Colour (Maxi, Single) Urban France 1993 Sell This Version
U96 Inside Your Dreams (Maxi, Single) Guppy UK 1994 Sell This Version
U96 Love Religion (Single, Maxi) Guppy UK 1994 Sell This Version
U96 Boot II (Maxi) Guppy Germany 1995 Sell This Version
U96 Movin' (Maxi, Single) Guppy France 1995 Sell This Version
U96 Club Bizarre (Maxi, Single) Guppy UK 1995 Sell This Version
U96 Heaven (Maxi, Single) Guppy UK 1996 Sell This Version
U96 Venus In Chains (Maxi, Single) Guppy Germany 1996 Sell This Version
U96 A Night To Remember (Maxi, Single) Guppy Germany 1996 Sell This Version
U96 Seven Wonders (Maxi, Single) Guppy Germany 1997 Sell This Version
none U96 In Your Mind(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Guppy none Germany 1997 Sell This Version
U96 Beweg Dich, Baby (Maxi) Guppy Germany 1998 Sell This Version
U96 Energie (Maxi) Guppy Germany 1998 Sell This Version

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August 24, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
U96 - One of my fav. electronic artists ever. The music is a kind of electronic pet shop boys songs:) U96 - Das Boot is one of the best songs ever made, and undoubtly U96 best song, in my opinion^^ U96 - Club Bizarre is another great song from U96 that many other artists (like Brooklyn Bounce) has stolen from them.

U96 had a strange and own way of making music, and most of their songs was very good. They made both ambient, electronic, trance, hard trance, dance ( and much more ) music. They are remembered, and is a landmark for electronic music.
Some of their other great songs are f.example. Love sees no color, inside your dream and we call it love.

U96 will never be forgotten. And thats deserved!

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