Moti Special

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Moti Special was a german New Wave band, formed in 1981 in Hamburg, by danish guitar player Nils Tuxen, romanian keyboard player Michael Cretu, bassist/vocalist Manfred "Thissy" Thiers and drummer Reinhard "Dickie" Tarrach. All of the members had previous experience as session musicians. Thiers decided on the name of the band after visiting an Indian restaurant in London, where he had the "special" (extra spicy) dish of the house.

It was not until 1985 that the band became successful. Although their first single, "Stop! Girls Go Crazy", did not chart, the follow-up, "Cold Days, Hot Nights", was a major hit in Europe, reaching number 3 in Germany. The third single "Don't Be So Shy" made it to number 9. The band's first album "Motivation" reached number 20 on the charts in that same year.

Michael Cretu left the band to pursue his solo career and production work with various artists, including his wife, 80s superstar sensation Sandra.

Nothing was heard of from the band again until 1989, when a new single was released. The album, along with its title-track "Dancing For Victory" were not that well-received as the first album was. By then, only Tuxen and Tarrach were still in the band, being the only original members left.

Michael Cretu has since had a successful career, as a solo artist, collaborator, writer, producer, and most notably, as the creator of Enigma. He also recorded an album with Manfred Thiers as Cretu And Thiers. Their album "Belle Epoque" was released in 1988.

Manfred Thiers is still working as a session bass player, and in 2005 performed on the album "The Voice of Leonard Bernstein", alongside Leonard Bernstein, José Carreras, and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, as well as many other great performers. More importantly, he is also a member of Schiller-live Band (Weltreise/Voyage, Leben/Life and Tag und Nacht/Night and Day live tour).

In 2006, official remixes of "Cold Days, Hot Nights" (by DJ/producer Arnold Palmer) took the track, now re-titled simply as "Cold Days", into the Top 5 of the official german dance charts.
A subsequent full release has yet to materialise despite the track's considerable success in german clubs.
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Albums

CAR 76276 Moti Special - Motivation album art Moti Special Motivation (Album) TELDEC, TELDEC CAR 76276 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
841 625-1 Moti Special - Dancing For Victory album art Moti Special Dancing For Victory (Album) Polydor 841 625-1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

529703 Moti Special - Cold Days, Hot Nights / Visions Of You album art Moti Special Cold Days, Hot Nights / Visions Of You (Single, Maxi) Carrere, Carrere 529703 Portugal 1984 Sell This Version
6.20 329, 6.20329 AE Moti Special - Stop! Girls Go Crazy album art Moti Special Stop! Girls Go Crazy (Single, Maxi) TELDEC, TELDEC 6.20 329, 6.20329 AE Germany 1984 Sell This Version
6.20444, 6.20444 AE Moti Special - Don't Be So Shy album art Moti Special Don't Be So Shy (Single, Maxi, EP) TELDEC, TELDEC 6.20444, 6.20444 AE Germany 1985 Sell This Version
6.14260, 6.14260 AC Moti Special - Cold Days Hot Nights / Out Of Tune album art Moti Special Cold Days Hot Nights / Out Of Tune (Single, Maxi) TELDEC, TELDEC 6.14260, 6.14260 AC Germany 1985 Sell This Version
5 56 127 Moti Special - Moti Special album art Moti Special Moti Special(7", EP) AMIGA 5 56 127 German Democratic Republic (GDR) 1986 Sell This Version
none Moti Special - In Love We Stand album art Moti Special In Love We Stand (Maxi) Polydor none Germany 1989 Sell This Version
877 716-7 Moti Special - Behind Closed Doors album art Moti Special Behind Closed Doors (Maxi, Single) Polydor 877 716-7 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
873 955-2 Moti Special - Dancing For Victory album art Moti Special Dancing For Victory (Maxi, Single) Polydor 873 955-2 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
74321 28608 2 Moti Special - Cold Days Hot Nights album art B.A.* Feat. Moti Special B.A.* Feat. Moti Special - Cold Days Hot Nights (Maxi) RCA 74321 28608 2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
567 817-2 Moti Special - Mega-Mix '98 album art Moti Special Feat. Rod D. Moti Special Feat. Rod D. - Mega-Mix '98(CD, Maxi) Polydor, Zeitgeist, What's Up ?! 567 817-2 UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
GETFREAKY003 Moti Special - Cold Days album art Arnold Palmer vs. Moti Special Arnold Palmer vs. Moti Special - Cold Days (Maxi) Get Freaky! GETFREAKY003 Germany 2006 Sell This Version