U96

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German techno act that made its name in 1991 with the chart-topping commercial success of the track "Das Boot", based on the theme music of the movie "Das Boot" composed by Klaus Doldinger. 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)
Joshua 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)
Nicole Yarling (1996 / 1997, vocals)
Dea-Li (1996 / 1997/front woman and dancer).

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", released with the help of Alex Christensen's girlfriend at that time the single was released by Polydor.

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 euro dance and trance style. In 1998 they tried it again with the in this time popular electro-pop style, but without big success.

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

In 2006, U96 now changed their style from trance/hands-up to more commercial pop, and didn't consist any more of the team Matiz and Alex Christensen. 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). 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 on the 19th of October, 26th of October, 2nd of November and on the 9th of November.

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

517 366-2 U96 - Das Boot album art U 96* Das Boot (Album) Polydor, Polydor 517 366-2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
519 148-2 U96 - Replugged album art U 96* Replugged (Album) Urban 519 148-2 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
527 219-4 U96 - Club Bizarre album art U96 Club Bizarre (Album) Guppy 527 219-4 Poland 1995 Sell This Version
531 719-4, MC-B TOP U96 - Heaven album art U 96* Heaven (Album) Guppy 531 719-4, MC-B TOP India 1996 Sell This Version
4019593001307 U96 - Out Of Wilhelmsburg album art U96 Out Of Wilhelmsburg(CD, Album) Centaurus 4019593001307 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
UNLTD 1809 U96 - Reboot album art U96 Reboot (Album) UNLTD Recordings UNLTD 1809 Germany 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

EVOLX 13DJ U96 - Das Boot album art U96 Das Boot (Maxi, Single) Polydor EVOLX 13DJ UK 1991 Sell This Version
863 085-2 U96 - Come 2Gether / Der Kommandant album art U 96* Come 2Gether / Der Kommandant (Maxi) Polydor 863 085-2 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
863 167-2 U96 - Come 2Gether album art U 96* Come 2Gether (Maxi) Polydor 863 167-2 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
863 337-2 U96 - Das Boot / Kennedy (Megamix) album art U96 Das Boot / Kennedy (Megamix) (Maxi, Single) Polydor 863 337-2 France 1992 Sell This Version
MAGS 33, 863 962-7 U96 - I Wanna Be A Kennedy album art U96 I Wanna Be A Kennedy (Maxi, Single) Polydor MAGS 33, 863 962-7 UK 1992 Sell This Version
879 320-7 U96 - Ambient Underworld album art U96 Ambient Underworld (Maxi, Single) Polydor 879 320-7 France 1992 Sell This Version
859 335-1 U96 - Night In Motion album art U 96* Night In Motion (Maxi, Single) Urban 859 335-1 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
861 602-2 U96 - Love Sees No Colour album art U96 Love Sees No Colour (Maxi, Single) Urban 861 602-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
none U96 - Love Religion album art U96 Love Religion (Maxi, Single) Guppy none UK 1994 Sell This Version
BOOT 1, LUK 042 U96 - Inside Your Dreams album art U96 Inside Your Dreams (Maxi, Single) Guppy BOOT 1, LUK 042 UK 1994 Sell This Version
577 128-2 U96 - Movin' album art U96 Movin' (Maxi, Single) Guppy 577 128-2 France 1995 Sell This Version
577 375-2 U96 - Boot II album art U96 Boot II (Maxi) Guppy 577 375-2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
577 953-1 U96 - Club Bizarre album art U96 Club Bizarre (Maxi, Single) Guppy 577 953-1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
none U96 - Venus In Chains album art U96 Venus In Chains (Maxi, Single) Guppy none Germany 1996 Sell This Version
none U96 - A Night To Remember album art U96 A Night To Remember (Maxi, Single) Guppy none Germany 1996 Sell This Version
2nd HEAVEN U96 - Heaven album art U96 Heaven (Maxi, Single) Guppy 2nd HEAVEN UK 1996 Sell This Version
573 863-2 U96 - Seven Wonders album art U96 Seven Wonders (Maxi, Single) Guppy 573 863-2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
none U96 - In Your Mind album art U96 In Your Mind(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Guppy none Germany 1997 Sell This Version
none U96 - Beweg Dich, Baby album art U96 Beweg Dich, Baby (Maxi) Guppy none Germany 1998 Sell This Version

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August 24, 2005
edited over 15 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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