Boney M.

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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Boney M. Discography

Albums

SD 36-143 Boney M. Take The Heat Off Me (Album) Hansa International SD 36-143 New Zealand 1976 Sell This Version
OT 27.573 y Boney M. Take The Heat Off Me(LP, Album) Hansa International OT 27.573 y Belgium 1976 Sell This Version
28 888 OT Boney M. Love For Sale (Album) Hansa International 28 888 OT Turkey 1977 Sell This Version
SMB 40042, M. BOX 40042, S 26026 Boney M. Nightflight To Venus (Album) Hansa International SMB 40042, M. BOX 40042, S 26026 Greece 1978 Sell This Version
200 888 Boney M. Oceans Of Fantasy (Album) Hansa International, Hansa International 200 888 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
XMS 5823 Boney M. Christmas Album (Album, Comp) Hansa, Hansa International, Hansa, Hansa International XMS 5823 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
S.A 1256 Boney M. Boonoonoonoos (Album) Hansa, Hansa International S.A 1256 Syria 1981 Sell This Version
YP886 Boney M. 10.000 Lightyears (Album, Single) Hansa, Hansa YP886 Turkey 1984 Sell This Version
I-207.100 Boney M. Eye Dance (Album) Hansa I-207.100 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
39 Boney M. Orchestra(LP) Ronnex 39 Turkey Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

044 Boney M. Baby, Do You Wanna Bump (Single) Hansa 044 Turkey 1975 Sell This Version
2001 709 Boney M. Daddy Cool (Single) Hansa International 2001 709 Kenya 1976 Sell This Version
AT 17.459-H Boney M. Sunny (Single, EP) Hansa International AT 17.459-H Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
Ld A 7939 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
Ld A 7935 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
SP-4829 Boney M. Ma Baker / A Woman Can Change A Man (Single) RCA Victor SP-4829 Mexico 1977 Sell This Version
BOC/S-1191 Boney M. Ma Baker / Still I'm Sad (Single) Hansa International BOC/S-1191 Bolivia 1977 Sell This Version
11.537 -A, 11537-A Boney M. Belfast / Plantation Boy (Single) Hansa International, Hansa 11.537 -A, 11537-A Spain 1977 Sell This Version
R-0798 Bonny M.* No Woman No Cry (Single) Durium R-0798 Poland 1977 Sell This Version
R-0837 Boney M. Rivers Of Babylon Tonpress R-0837 Poland 1977 Sell This Version
R-0771 Bonny M.* Fever Tonpress R-0771 Poland 1977 Sell This Version
KSAT 598 Boned Ham* Ma Baker(7") Orfeu KSAT 598 Portugal 1977 Sell This Version
Ld A 7961 Boney M. / Kiss Boney M. / Kiss - No Woman No Cry / Hard Luck Woman(7", Jukebox) Durium Ld A 7961 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
Ld A 7973 Black Blood (2) / Boney M. Black Blood (2) / Boney M. - Amanda / Sunny(7", Jukebox) Durium Ld A 7973 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
Ld A 7983 Boney M. / Cristine Rena'* Boney M. / Cristine Rena'* - Ma Baker / Liberi(7", Jukebox) Durium Ld A 7983 Italy 1977 Sell This Version

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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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