Category: 90’s


Candi

CandiCandi was a Canadian pop band from the late ’80s\early ’90s that consisted of lead singer Candita “Candy” Pennella, bassist & background vocalist Nino Milazzo, drummer & percussionist Paul Russo & keyboardist Rich Imbrogno.

The band originally performed as an Italian wedding band. They later began playing at local area clubs & dances where they attracted the attention of record executives from I.R.S. Records label who signed them to a record contract.
dancing under latin moonIn 1988, Candi released their debut single “Dancing Under a Latin Moon” which peaked at #26 on the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada. In the United States, the song became the band’s only hit song to date, peaking at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #46 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
candialbumDuring that same year, they released their self-titled debut album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted, but it was certified platinum in Canada (with sales of 100,000 units).
under your spellThe band’s follow-up single “Under Your Spell” managed to peak at #46 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. It’s unknown how it charted in Canada.
missing youThe third single released from the album “Missing You” peaked at #18 on the RPM Top Singles chart.
love makes no promisesThe last single from the album “Love Makes No Promises” became Candi’s highest charting single in Canada, peaking at #9 on the RPM Top Singles chart.

At the 1990 Juno Awards, Candi’s songs “Under Your Spell” & “Missing You” were nominated for the award of “Best Dance Recording”. Candy Pennella was nominated for the award of “Female Vocalist of the Year,” but she lost to Rita MacNeil. She was nominated the next year, but lost to Celine Dion.
world keeps on turning albumIn 1990, Candi changed their name to Candi & the Backbeat and released their sophomore album “World Keeps On Turning.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all, but it was certified Gold.
friends foreverThe only single to chart was “Friends Forever” which managed to peak at #38 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart in 1991.

The other two singles released from the album “The World Just Keeps On Turning” (which was nominated at the Juno Awards for “Best Dance Recording”) and “Good Together” didn’t appear to chart.

After a North American tour in 1991, Candy Pennella decided to disband the band and members went on to pursue other projects.

Candy married Paul Russo (who began working as a session musician), attended York University where she graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music, then attended the University of Toronto where she graduated in 1994, earning a Bachelor of Education degree. These days, she works as a teacher for the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

It’s unknown what Nino Milazzo & Rich Imbrogno are up to these days and it appears as if they have faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for “Dancing Under a Latin Moon,” go to:

To see the music video for “Under Your Spell,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Love Makes No Promises,” go to:

To see the music video for “The World Just Keeps on Turning,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Friends Forever,” go to:

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

Neva

nevaNeva was a female dance\house music singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Warlock Records.
Neva (2) ‎– FascinationIn 1996, she released her only single “Fascination.” It’s unknown how or if the single charted at all. After that, it seems as if Neva has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she is up to these days.

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

Caroline

carolineCaroline was a female dance\electronic\house music artist from the ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to the New Generation Records label.

In 1996, she released her only single “Sneakin In & Out.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts at all. After that, it seems as if Caroline has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Sneakin In & Out,” go to:

Mija

mijaIn 1995, Mija released their only single to date “Need That Fun at Home” which featuredd vocals from artists Jackie Cohen & John White.

It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts at all. After that, it seems as if Mija has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what the creator or creators of Mija are up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Need That Fun at Home,” go to:

Overweight PoochOverweight Pooch (born Tonya Davis from Phoenix, Arizona) was a female hip-hop rapper from the early ’90s. Her stage name was derived from her childhood nickname & she was signed to A&M Records.
Female PreacherIn 1991, she released her only album to date “Female Preacher.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
i like itOverweight Pooch scored a hit with the song “I Like It” (that featured vocals by singer CeCe Peniston) which peaked at #58 on the U.K. Singles chart and #16 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

Her follow-up singles “Ace is a Spade” & “Hip House Party” didn’t fare so well on the charts. These days, it’s unknown what Overweight Pooch is up to and it seems as if she has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “I Like It,” go to:

To see the music video for “Ace is a Spade,” go to:

Gina Marie

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Gina Marie was a female freestyle\dance singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Wow! Records.

In 1990, she released her only single “I’m Gonna Make You Mine.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any music charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Gina Marie has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the ’90s.

[Note: There are no videos available for this entry.]

Hepburn

hepburnHepburn was a female British pop-rock band whose members consisted of vocalist Jamie Benson (born on September 27, 1978 from Bognor Regis, England), guitarist Lisa Lister (born on July 24, 1981 from Worlington, England), bassist Sarah Davies (born on January 22, 1981 from Mansfield, England) and drummers Beverley Fullen (born on October 9, 1978 from Sunderland, England), Lisa Gordon (born on January 5, 1980 from Walsall, West Midlands in England) & Tasha Baylis (born on December 27, 1974 from London, England). The group’s name was inspired by actress Audrey Hepburn.

The band began in 1997 when Jamie Benson met Lisa Lister at a party. Beverley Fullen knew Jamie from music school and Sarah Davies was added into the group to complete the line-up.
i quitIn May of 1999, Hepburn released their debut single “I Quit” which peaked at #8 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song was written by Phil Thornalley (who had gained success writing Natalie Imbruglia’s hit song “Torn”).

A music video was released along with the single and later in the year, a new video for the song was made using scenes from the TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (which included scenes of the band on the sets of the show and the band acting like vampires). Although the song never appeared on the “Buffy” TV show, it was featured on its television soundtrack.
bugsIn August of 1999, the band released their second single “Bugs” which peaked at #14 on the U.K. Singles chart.
hepburn1999During that same year, they released their only self-titled album on Columbia Records which peaked at #28 on the U.K. Albums chart. A month later, Beverley Fullen left Hepburn and was replaced by Lisa Gordon who was later replaced by Tasha Bayliss.
deep deep downIn February of 2000, Hepburn released their third (and ultimately last) single “Deep Deep Down” which peaked at #16 on the U.K. Singles chart. In the summer of that same year, the band broke up after being dropped from their record label.

After Hepburn came to an end, Jamie Benson released a solo album in 2002 called “Jamie Benson – My Confession.” After that, nothing much was heard from her and it seems as if she has faded into obscurity.

These days, Sarah Davies works as Detective Constable with the Nottinghamshire Police. Beverley Fullen works a DJ for 96.4 Eagle Radio’s Breakfast Show (which broadcasts throughout Surrey and Hampshire, England).

Tasha Bayliss appears to still be active in the music business and has appeared on music act Glass Pear’s 2010 EP “Sweet America.” As for Lisa Lister and Lisa Gordon, it’s unknown what they are up these days and they have also seemingly faded into obscurity.

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

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

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

Wessyde Goon Squad

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Wessyde Goon Squad was a hip-hop music group from Los Angeles, California that consisted of R&B vocalist\lyricist Babyboy, hardcore rapper\lyricist Berchee and underground rapper Shuv along with producer & DJ Cyrus Melchor. They were signed to Yab Yum Records.
crazyIn 1995, they released their debut single “Crazy.” It’s unknown how or if it made any music charts at all, but Billboard magazine described the single as “laid-back and perpetually cool.”
higherIn 1996, Wessyde Goon Squad released their follow-up (and last) single “Higher” which flopped. The group was supposed to release their debut album “Around The World” sometime during that same year, but it was never released.

After that, not much was heard from Wessyde Goon Squad and it appeared as if they have faded into obscurity, but Cyrus Melchor appears to still active in the music business.

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

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

Shya

shyaShya was a female R&B singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she appeared to be signed to Yab Yum Records.
havplentyIn 1998, she made her musical debut on the soundtrack to the film “Hav Plenty” with the track “I Can’t Help It.”
lightitupA year later, Shya appeared on another movie soundtrack “Light It Up” with the track “Burgundy.”

After that, not much was heard from Shya. She never released an album or any other singles since the ’90s and has seemingly faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “I Can’t Help It,” go to:

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

Allure

allureduoAllure (not be confused with R&B group Allure) was a female freestyle\dance duo that consisted of vocalists Karen Erika & Arielle. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Big Bang Records.
on and onIn 1993, they released their debut single “On and On.” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.
don'ttellmeThe duo released another single “Don’t Tell Me,” but after it appeared to have flopped as well as their previous single, Allure had seemingly faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what Arielle & Karen Erika are up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “On and On,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Tell Me,” go to: