Mr. Vain

Album: Serenity (1993)
Charted: 1 17
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  • Culture Beat was the invention of German producer Torsten Fenslau, and it was speculated that he wrote this song about himself. As is common with Dance acts, the producer worked behind the scenes. Culture Beat was fronted by Tania Evans and rapper Jay Supreme.
  • This dance classic was the biggest hit in 1993 in Europe, topping the chart in 12 European countries including the UK.
  • Torsten Fenslau was killed in a car crash near Darmstadt in November 1993 at the age of 29. Culture Beat had continued success after his death, with the songs "Got To Get It" and "Anything" making the UK Top 5.
  • This was the first UK #1 hit that was not issued on 7 inch vinyl since the format was invented in the '50s (when the standard format was the very breakable 78 RPM disc). It was only available as a CD or cassette single, and it's success heralded the end of the 7-inch single. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above
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  • Philip from LondonTania's astonishing vocal skills make this song, regardless of its meaning!
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