Boney M.

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Producer Frank Farian created Boney M. as a studio project in 1975. On the first output, "Baby Do You Wanna Bump", Farian performed all vocals himself. Soon, however, TV stations started to demand 'Boney M.' to perform the track on TV shows, which made Farian form an actual group. After some initial changes, Frank Farian arrived at the lineup with which the group had their biggest successes: Maizie Williams, Marcia Barrett, Bobby Farrell and Liz Mitchell. The group's major break came in 1978 with "Rivers Of Babylon", the second highest selling single of all time in the UK. Boney M. enjoyed over a dozen hit singles throughout Europe between 1976 and 1981. After Farrell was replaced by Reggie Tsiboe, Boney M. had two more hits in 1984.

Frank Farian announced the end of Boney M. in 1986, but the group has continued in some form or other ever since. No new material has been released, except for a couple of singles and the odd new track on compilations. Numerous "best of" compilations and remix albums have been released. All members continue performing with their own Boney M. formations even today, except for Tsiboe – and Farrell, who passed away in late 2010.
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27 573 OT Boney M. - Take The Heat Off Me album art Boney M. Take The Heat Off Me (Album) Hansa International 27 573 OT Colombia 1976 Sell This Version
TC-SMB 40021 Boney M. - Love For Sale  album art Boney M. Love For Sale (Album) Hansa International, Hansa TC-SMB 40021 Greece 1977 Sell This Version
CHANL-002 Boney M. - Nightflight To Venus album art Boney M. Nightflight To Venus (Album) Hansa International CHANL-002 Chile 1978 Sell This Version
200 888-320, 200 888 Boney M. - Oceans Of Fantasy album art Boney M. Oceans Of Fantasy (Album) Hansa, Hansa 200 888-320, 200 888 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
XMM-5823, XMM 5853 Boney M. - Christmas Album album art Boney M. Christmas Album (Album) Hansa, Hansa International, Hansa, Hansa International XMM-5823, XMM 5853 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
M5A 365798 Boney M. - Boonoonoonoos album art Boney M. Boonoonoonoos (Album) Hansa, Hansa International M5A 365798 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
102-22074 Boney M. - 10.000 Lightyears album art Boney M. 10.000 Lightyears (Album, Single) Hansa, Hansa 102-22074 Venezuela 1984 Sell This Version
D 407.100, D 407100 Boney M. - Eye Dance album art Boney M. Eye Dance (Album) Hansa D 407.100, D 407100 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
82876888352 Boney M. - Daddy Cool The Musical album art Boney M. Daddy Cool The Musical(CD) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876888352 US 2007 Sell This Version
88985499082 Boney M. - World Music For Christmas album art Boney M. Feat. Liz Mitchell And Various Boney M. Feat. Liz Mitchell And Various - World Music For Christmas (Comp, Album) Sony Music, MCI 88985499082 Europe 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

044 Boney M. - Baby, Do You Wanna Bump album art Boney M. Baby, Do You Wanna Bump (Single, Maxi) Hansa 044 Turkey 1975 Sell This Version
AT 17.459-H, 17 459 AT Boney M. - Sunny album art Boney M. Sunny (Single, EP) Hansa International AT 17.459-H, 17 459 AT Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
K 10827 Boney M. - Daddy Cool / No Women No Cry album art Boney M* Daddy Cool / No Women No Cry (Single) Hansa International, Hansa K 10827 UK 1976 Sell This Version
Ld A 7939 Boney M. - Save The Last Dance For Me / Daddy Cool album art Ramona Wulf / Boney M* Ramona Wulf / Boney M* - Save The Last Dance For Me / Daddy Cool(7", Jukebox) Durium, Durium Marche Estere Ld A 7939 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
VNCS-359A/B Boney M. - Baby, Do You Want The Bump  album art Boney M. Baby, Do You Want The Bump (7", Single) Hansa Musik Produktion GmbH, Som Indústria E Comércio S.A. VNCS-359A/B Brazil 1976 Sell This Version
Ld A 7935 Boney M. - Baby Do You Wanna Bump / Rocky album art Boney M. / Antonello D'Angelo Boney M. / Antonello D'Angelo - Baby Do You Wanna Bump / Rocky(7", Jukebox) Durium Ld A 7935 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
4 56 249 Boney M. - Daddy Cool / Sunny album art Boney M. Daddy Cool / Sunny(7", Single) AMIGA 4 56 249 German Democratic Republic (GDR) 1977 Sell This Version
R-0771 Boney M. - Fever album art Bonny M.* Fever Tonpress R-0771 Poland 1977 Sell This Version
200641 Boney M. - No Woman No Cry album art Boney M. No Woman No Cry (Single) Durium Marche Estere, Durium 200641 Ecuador 1977 Sell This Version
11 537 AT Boney M. - Belfast / Plantation Boy album art Boney M. Belfast / Plantation Boy (Single) Hansa International, Hansa 11 537 AT Germany 1977 Sell This Version
K 10965 Boney M. - Ma Baker / Still I'm Sad album art Boney M. Ma Baker / Still I'm Sad (Single) Hansa International K 10965 UK 1977 Sell This Version
17888 A Boney M. - Ma Baker / A Woman Can Change A Man album art Boney M. Ma Baker / A Woman Can Change A Man (Single) RCA Victor 17888 A Spain 1977 Sell This Version
Ld A 7961 Boney M. - No Woman No Cry / Hard Luck Woman album art Boney M. / Kiss Boney M. / Kiss - No Woman No Cry / Hard Luck Woman(7", Jukebox) Durium Marche Estere Ld A 7961 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
2001 755 Boney M. - Belfast  album art Boney M. Belfast (7", Single, Pus) Polydor 2001 755 Kenya 1977 Sell This Version
Ld A 7973 Boney M. - Amanda / Sunny album art Black Blood (2) / Boney M. Black Blood (2) / Boney M. - Amanda / Sunny(7", Jukebox) Durium Ld A 7973 Italy 1977 Sell This Version

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Alyxxandria

Alyxxandria

July 27, 2019
Easily the quintessential disco band. If you love disco you have either heard them or love them.
ijustspeak

ijustspeak

June 15, 2013
Must not forget that Boney M. had some killer basslines. Listen and understand.
Tony42Baq

Tony42Baq

February 5, 2011
I would like to add that the first Picture Disc in Colombia was a release for Boney M. "Oceans of fantasy" by Discos Tropical on the Swing label (Hansa license). Discos Tropical out of Barranquilla, Colombia were always on the edge of innovation on international danceable music for the local market. Tony42
Tony42Baq

Tony42Baq

February 5, 2011
Boney M. is another group that I had the opportunity to promote and get Boney M. known in Colombia on their first four albums. They got gold and platinum in our territory. Sylvia K at Hansa did the deal with me. It was super from the start with "Daddy Cool". Later "Ma Baker" et al. Tony42
xamix

xamix

December 24, 2010
Boney M's sound featured male/female harmony vocals, a stomping disco beat, swooping strings, funky guitar and hook-filled melodies that are still fondly remembered by millions of fans worldwide.

They are absolutely one of the best disco bands ever! I found my way into music by listening to their hits like "rasputin", "daddy cool" and "gotta go home".

If you say disco you know Boney M is involved!
Crijevo

Crijevo

August 3, 2010
Disco music was a good thing occasionally ('I Feel Love' is way beyond the ultimate disco hit and the ultimate club hit EVER!) but partially I do understand all the nonsense in the public, condemning and blaming disco either for its guilty pleasures or some ridiculous 'fact' things went wrong at one point in music business. I guess, that 'fact' was some hits were more annoying than the others.

Personally, I never liked Boney M (didn't care much for ABBA either). Not that their hits weren't a deserved success ('Sunny' and 'Still I'm Sad' are great examples of a pop standard), but most of "their" hit-music sounded like a stencil from a factory line (already carved in most of the songs' easy rhyme titles - like 'Daddy Cool' and 'Bahama Mama'), whose primary aspect was mercilessly selling a branded product instead of one's true personality. Remember their spicy cover art for 'Love For Sale?' Somehow, if not directly, that sleeve perfectly illustrates show business slavery, not pleasures - and despite whatever irony or humour put into it, it still is a tasteless reminder of human/slave trade (today popularly called 'trafficking').

Not that any side complained - the singers who were not singers, their calculating production and management team and finally, the audience - everyone was in it for some sweet bite at the end.

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