The Wiseguys were a British electronic\dance music band from London, England that consisted of deejays Touche (born Theo Keating) and Regal (born Paul Eve).
Touche and Regal met in college and were members of a hip-hop music act called Direct Current.
After leaving Direct Current in 1992, the duo released an EP called “Ladies Say Ow!” on the Blackmarket record label in 1994. After that, they were signed to the Wall of Sound record label.
In 1995, the Wiseguys released the double “A” side single “Nil by Mouth\Too Easy”. It’s unknown how or if the single ever charted at all.
A year later in 1996, the band released their debut album “Executive Suite” which received critical acclaim and is considered a cult classic to some fans.
In 1997, Regal left the band to pursue his career as the co-founder of the U.K.’s Bronx Dogs, leaving only Touche to work on the Wiseguys’ follow-up album.
In 1998, the Wiseguys released their sophomore album “The Antidote”.
The first single from the album “Ooh La La” originally peaked at #55 on the U.K. Singles chart, but by the next year, it peaked at #2 on the chart after it was used in a commercial for Budweiser beer.
The Wiseguys’ second single “Start the Commotion” became a hit for them, peaking at #47 on the U.K. Singles chart in 1999. A year later, the song peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
In 2001, after the song was featured in a commercial for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States, it received airplay on the radio and it managed to peak at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100, #14 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart, #18 on Billboard’s Top 40 Tracks chart & #11 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, making it their highest charting (and only) appearance on the Hot 100.
“Start the Commotion” was featured in films such as “Zoolander” and “Kangaroo Jack.” It was also featured on the Disney Channel television series “Lizzie McGuire” and appeared on the show’s soundtrack.
The success of the song helped “The Antidote” album peak at #133 on the Billboard 200, #2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and #3 on Billboard’s Top Electronic albums chart.
During that same year, the Wiseguys disbanded. DJ Touche went on to pursue a solo career. These days, he’s still active in the music business as a DJ and producer & now goes under the name Fake Blood.
As for DJ Regal, he appears to still be active in the music business as well along with working as a bookkeeper and duty manager in the United Kingdom.
To see the music video for “Ooh La La,” go to:
To see the music video for “Start the Commotion,” go to: