imageAnimotion is a pop\new wave band from Los Angeles, California.

The original line-up consisted of lead singer Astrid Plane, lead singer\guitarist Bill Wadhams, bassist Charles Ottavio, drummer David “Frenchy” O’Brien, lead guitarist Don Kirkpatrick and keyboardist Paul Antonelli.

Originally, Astrid, Paul, Charles & David were members of a band called Red Zone and after Red Zone disbanded, they formed Animotion.
imageIn 1984, Animotion released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200.
imageTheir first single “Obsession” became a hit, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #35 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #3 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. It also peaked at #5 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageThe follow-up single from the album “Let Him Go” was moderately successful, peaking at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 and managed to peak at #78 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageIn 1986, Animotion released their sophomore album “Strange Behavior” which peaked at #71 on the Billboard 200. By that time, session keyboardist Greg Smith became a member of Animotion.
imageThe lead single from the album “I Engineer” was successful in Europe, but in the United States, it only managed to peak at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100, #22 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #27 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
imageThe follow-up single “I Want You” flopped, peaking at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was moderately successful in Germany.

Between 1986 and 1987, Animotion extensively toured, appearing with artists such as Phil Collins, Howard Jones, Simply Red & INXS.

While the group was recording their third album, they went through various line-up changes & Astrid, Charles & Bill eventually left the group.

Actress\singer Cynthia Rhodes (known for her role in the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing”) replaced Astrid Plane as the lead female singer in Animotion while Paul Engemann (a former member of pop-rock group Device) replaced Bill Wadhams as the lead male singer in the group.
imageIn 1989, Animotion released the single “Room to Move” which became a hit, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was also featured in the film “My Stepmother is an Alien.”
imageThe song’s title was also the title of Animotion’s third album, which flopped on the Billboard album charts. By the time it was released, Don Kirkpatrick & Paul Engemann were the only original members that remained in the group.
imageThe follow-up single from the album “Calling it Love” peaked at #53 on the Billboard Hot 100. After the release of their third album, Animotion disbanded.

Not much was heard from Animotion until February 8, 2001 when they responded to a request from Alex Hart and Portland, Oregon radio station 94.7 NRK & performed for a sold-out crowd.

Since then, Astrid, Bill, Don and Greg continue performing as Animotion along with drummer Kevin Rankin & Bill Wadham’s son Chris (who is a bass player).

To see the music video for “Obsession,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Turn Around,” go to:

To see the music video for “Let Him Go,” go to:

To see the music video for “I Engineer,” go to:

To see the music video for “I Want You,” go to:

To see the music video for “Room to Move,” go to:

To see the music video for “Calling it Love,” go to:

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