Bad Boys Blue
Bad Boys Blue is a living legend of pop dance music. The group which was founded in the 80’s of the 20th century, continues to release albums & performs around the world.
The history of Bad Boys Blue started in Cologne, Germany, way back in 1984, when founders and owners of Coconut Records, Tony Hendrik and Karin van Haaren (A.K.A. Karin Hartmann), decided to create a new music project. They planned to look for members of brand new group in England, but eventually they found them in Cologne.
The original line-up of Bad Boys Blue was as following:
• John Edward McInerney (born September 7th, 1957, Liverpool, England),
• Trevor Oliver Taylor (born January 11th, 1958, Birmingham, England, died January 19th, 2008, Cologne, Germany),
• Andrew Freddie Thomas (born May 20th, 1946, Los Angeles, USA, died July 21st 2009, Cologne, Germany).
The first single of the group called „L.O.V.E. In My Car“ was released in the autumn of 1984. It did very well in the discos and clubs, but it didn’t get to the charts at all.
In the spring of 1985 there was released single „You’re A Woman“, which became very popular in Europe. The track appeared in many european charts – Switzerland #2, Sweden #2 and Germany #8. In the summer of 1985 there was released the debut album called „Hot Girls – Bad Boys“ (Switzerland #9). The next single released from the album was „Pretty Young Girl“ which did very well in the charts too – Sweden #9, Germany #29 and Switzerland #30.
1986 brought another two hit-singles: „Kisses And Tears (My One And Only)“ (Germany #22, Switzerland #26) and „I Wanna Hear Your Heartbeat (Sunday Girl)“ (Germany #14, Switzerland #21). Both singles promoted the second album called „Heartbeat“.
In 1987 there was released another single titled „Gimme Gimme Your Lovin‘ (Little Lady)“, which discovered the next album titled „Love Is No Crime“ (released in June). Since the single didn’t achieve expected success, the group’s producers decided that a track called „Come Back And Stay“ will be released as the next single. It was the first track that John sang lead on. The single did very well in the charts – Germany #18.
1988 brought the next album titled „My Blue World“. It was promoted by three singles: „Don’t Walk Away, Suzanne“ (Germany #44), „Lovers In The Sand“ (Germany #42) and „A World Without You (Michelle)“ (Germany #17). At the same time there was also released the first compilation in the history of the group called „Bad Boys Best“, which included all hit singles as well as brand new track titled „Hungry For Love“ that was released as the next single (Germany #26). At that time Trevor Taylor decided to leave the group, so from then on, the only remaining original members have always been John and Andrew. For all the years they have invited some guest backing singers and dancers, but the name of the group has always belonged to both of them.
In 1989 there were released two singles: „Lady In Black“ (Germany #16) and „A Train To Nowhere“ (Germany #27) which promoted brand new album called simply „The 5th“. „Game Of Love“ was the name of the next album released in 1990. The album was promoted by three singles: „How I Need You“ (Germany #33), „Queen Of Hearts“ (Germany #28) and „Jungle In My Heart“ (Germany #41).
In 1991 there was released single „House Of Silence“, which discovered the new album under the same title.
In 1992 there was released the next album „Totally“, which was promoted by three singles: „I Totally Miss You“, „Save Your Love“ (Germany #16, USA #89) and „A Love Like This“. The first two singles were released in the U.S. as special editions including some extra remixes produced especially for an american market.
1993 was another turning point in the career of the group. The guys released another single titled „Kiss You All Over, Baby“, that promoted their next album called „Kiss“. At the same time the group decided to leave Coconut Records and signed to another label called Intercord.
In 1994 there was released single „Go Go (Love Overload)“, which promoted brand new album titled „To Blue Horizons“. The item was promoted by two more singles: „What Else?“ and „Luv 4 U“.
In June 1995 there was released single „Hold You In My Arms“ that discovered the next next album „Bang Bang Bang“, released in 1996. Moreover the item was promoted by another single called „Anywhere“.
In March 1998 the group signed back to Coconut Records and released single „You’re A Woman’98“. Brand new version of the very first hit did very well in the charts (Finland #17, Germany #52).
In the summer of 1998 the group released brand new album called „Back“ (Germany #28), that was promoted by three more singles: „The Turbo Megamix“ (Finland #8, Germany #73), „From Heaven To Heartache“ and „The Turbo Megamix Vol.2“.
In February 1999 there were released two singles: „Hold You In My Arms’99“ (by Intercord) and „The-Hit-Pack“, which promoted another album called „…Continued“ (released in February, Germany #38). Surprisingly the next album titled „Follow The Light“ (Germany #80) was released in September of 1999.
May 29th, 2000 was released single „I’ll Be Good, that discovered brand new longplay called „Tonite“ (released in July).
In the summer of 2002 the group signed to Bros Music, David Brandes‘ label and work on another album started in September.
July 7th, 2003 there was released single „Lover On The Line“ (Germany #72), which the group’s new album titled „Around The World“ (Germany #43), released on the 4th of August.
In January 2005 took place the last concert of the original line-up as Andrew Thomas has decided to leave the group.
In February of 2005 John was joined by Sylvia McInerney (born August 15th, 1979, Poland) and Edith Miracle (born August 15th, 1979, Poland) and they gave plenty of shows in Germany, USA, Russia and Turkey performing along with a live group. The next album of the group produced by french producers: Johann Perrier and Antoine Blanc (MS Project) titled „Heart & Soul“ was released on June 13th of 2008. It was discovered by single „Still In Love“ (released on May 20th of 2008), that included a couple of modern remixes produced by Almighty, Alex Twister & DJ Elkana/DJ Moraz. „Queen Of My Dreams“ was released as digital single in May 2009.
On June 19th of 2009 Coconut Music/Sony BMG released special remix album „Rarities Remixed“, that included brand new remixes of some old album tracks. On October 30th of 2009 Coconut Music/Sony BMG released a particular compilation titled „Unforgettable“, dedicated to Trevor Taylor & Andrew Thomas – both original members who passed away in 2008 and 2009.
In August 2010 there was released the 25th anniversary single titled „Come Back And Stay Re-Recorded 2010“ including remixes produced by MS Project, Alex Twister, Spinnin Elements and Almighty. In the same month, there was released the 25th anniversary album called „25“ including 25 Re-Recorded hits, 7 club remixes and bonus DVD. Bad Boys Blue are still carrying on headed by John McInerney (the only remaining original member and lead singer of the group) supported by two female backing singers – Sylvia McInerney & Edith Miracle. At the moment the band is recording brand new album that it is going to be released for the 30th anniversary of Bad Boys Blue in the autumn of 2014. Apart from that the group will release two special items – a remix album called „Re-Twisted“ and an acoustic album titled „Genuine“. Last but not least, the group still tours regularly in such countries as Germany, Poland, UK, Finland, Israel, Russia, Romania, Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldavia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Turkey and many others.