History

History

Gipsy & Queen - Made In Italy In the 1980's there were many different musical experiements and where as most of these genres did not survive, there was one that was bound to last for a longer time. Eurobeat was originally known as italodance, but at the end of the 80's and early 90's the real separation began. New eurobeat studios were created and a compilation of pure eurobeat music began, Super Eurobeat was born. The future for this genre was bound in mystery.

Eurobeat is a special genre due to it's origins. All of the music is produced in Italy, but it is only released in Japan. The artists release their songs on vinyl, after that the songs are released on eurobeat compilations such as Super Eurobeat. So you can definitely say 'Made In Italy' where as other genres aren't so much bound to a county.

The promotion for bands and artists in other music genres is about half of the success, but in eurobeat that is not the case. Many faces of the vocalists doing eurobeat are shrouded in mystery, the reasons for this are unknown, only the most famous names and artists are generally revealed. In the past few years more and more faces have been revealed but the vast majority is still a mystery. During the past few years the new recordlabels like SCP have made a difference by actually providing the fans with pictures, videos and information regarding their artists, which always seems to interest us fans. Hopefully the future will also open up the doors to many of the mysteries we've tried to uncover for years.

So what is eurobeat?

Eurobeat can't really be defined with one or two words, it's a music genre that pretty much borrows bits from many other genres but in the end still does its own thing. What's common for eurobeat in general is the speed, the songs are really fast and now we're not talking about the bass-lines, it's the melodies that are fast. For a new listener the speed might be a bit overwhelming, as for example here in Finland people are used to slower music, and everytime people listen to Eurobeat the first reaction generally goes somewhere on the lines of: 'Wow, this is fast'. Though there are also slower eurobeat songs, in particular the older generation of eurobeat is a lot slower than the modern genre we get these days.

Domino - Play With The Numbers Eurobeat also is generally very happy. Positivity can range from überhappy Kiki & Kika songs (for instance Snake Dance is a very positive song) to a more calmer and serious style of Susy Wender. What can be said is that the different record labels producing eurobeat have huge differences in the productions. Other labels produce extra speedy and positive materials, where the others have a slightly more serious attitude.

People who enjoy musicgenres like Europop or Eurodance will probably feel at home with Eurobeat. And if you enjoy fastpaced music in general, then this is the genre for you.

Known eurobeat names and artists

If you dig into the eurobeat scene at first it might seem like it's all a blur and there are no familiar names what so ever (at least it was like that for me at first). As eurobeat is a pretty inbred genre there's a huge amount of different artist names, but the truth is that there are many artists who release songs under multiple aliases.

Probably the most known name in eurobeat business would be Dave Rodgers. He composes, sings and produces. So he's a real multitalent. He also owns the biggest eurobeat label A-Beat C.

A name that might sound familiar to a non-eurobeat fan is Annerley Gordon. She has become known around the world as the voice of Whigfield. In the eurobeat scene she worked under multiple aliases like Lolita, Annalise, Virginelle, Groove Twins and Go Go Girls. This is just a one example of how many aliases one singer can have. Though Annerley left the eurobeat business at the end of 1994 and was later replaced by a different singer in some of the projects.

 A little bit of information about the Go Go Girls. It's a mysterious title that has been around for years now. The Go Go Girls are a group that has had multiple vocalists behind them. Most of the A-Beat C female vocalists have loaned their voices to this 'band' and also the Go Go Girls have had a huge number of hits during 'their' career.

Norma Sheffield was actually the first eurobeat artist who got a song released by the record label A-Beat C back in the year 1990, the song was titled Your Body Lies. After that Norma has been a regular name to appear on various eurobeat compilations.

The list of known eurobeat artists is really long and naturally everybody has their own favorites. Names like Niko, Domino, Franz Tornado, Fastway, Matt Land or for example Mega NRG Man might be named as favorites, but there are also as many favorites as there are artists, so you pick for yourself. The list is quite long.

Eurobeat in the new millennium

A new millennium began and as a bit of a surprise eurobeat was still going strong as Super Eurobeat 100 and 110 sold huge numbers and made eurobeat popular again. Popular hits had been produced before as well, but it was actually sort of thanks to Disney that eurobeat gained a portion of it's former glory back. Eurobeat disney albums were produced and Domino got to perform the well-known Mickey Mouse March and the song became an instant hit.
The new millennium also brought some changes in the genre itself. More and more modern sounds were introduced into the genre, and the well-known old 'eurobeat-sound' is getting left behind little by little as the winds of change blow.
When Super Eurobeat 141 was released a new phase in the SEB history began as 'new' eurobeat labels were introduced to the compilation. Before SEB 141 only A-Beat C, Delta and Time had had songs on SEBs. Until now HI-NRG Attack and SCP for example had been a priviledge for the other eurobeat compilations such as Eurobeat Flash and Euromach albums, so the future looks bright as the albums offer more variety in the future.

Boom Boom Beat - Spencer - Doctor Of Love SCP - Fastway - Rocket Man Time - Jilly - Take A Look In Your Heart Vibration - Maria Valentino - Be My Lover Delta - Vicky Vale - Superdance HI-NRG Attack - Claudia Vip - Walking Down The Street A-Beat C - Norma Sheffield - Sweet Heaven A-Beat C - Matt Land - Captain Fantastic
 
Eurobeat and eurodance compared

Many people think of eurodance when they hear the word Eurobeat for the first time, as Eurodance is a more familiar term for many europeans and Americans, and beat is just thought to be the same thing with just a different name, from the chart below you can see the main differences with the two genres. These two genres are really close to eachother, but if you listen to some example acts from both genres you'll notice the difference easily.
 

Eurobeat Eurodance
Beats Per Minute (BPM) The general level is 155 BPM. But the early days and the modern days have slowed down a bit, and it varies mostly between ~150-160. The general level is around 140. But the beat sometimes goes up to 150, and way below 140 as well. The BPM varies from ~130-150.
Vocals The vocals in eurobeat are mostly either male or female vocals depending on the act. Also duets and such are seen, but rarely rap. The singing is done by a female vocalist and there are extra raps by a male member of the band/group, and that's a basis for eurodance.
Sounds Synthesizers and the typical eurobeat beat are the main elements. Also modern eurobeat uses a lot of classic dancemusic elements. The fast 'galloping' beat is one of the key-elements in many of the eurodance songs. Also modern and classic dance sounds used all around.
Style Eurobeat is mostly very bouncy and happy, there are a lot of serious songs as well, but melancholy doesn't just fit eurobeat. Eurodance has a slightly more mature sound to it, the songs have a serious attitude and the songs are rarely 'happy' (do not confuse europop with eurodance for example: Smile.dk).
Years The earliest italo-era years were in the late 80's, and eurobeat is still going on strong. Eurodance began in the early nineties and the last proper eurodance acts appeared in around 1998.
Artists - Dave Rodgers
- Lolita
- Domino
- Cherry
- Matt Land
- Basic Element
- Solid Base
- Culture Beat
- Masterboy
- 2 Unlimited


A little bit about the eurobeat labels



A-Beat C

A-Beat C is probably the most well known label, due to the fact that they nowa days have the biggest portion of every SEB album for themselves, Super Eurobeat 9 was the dawn of the new beginning for A-Beat C, as that was when the recordlabel was introduced to Super Eurobeat. Many of the labels producers and artists have worked with eurobeat and italo disco even before A-Beat C was created, so don't be surprised to hear familiar voices or see familiar titles on older italo disco labels. What is pretty easily recognizable in A-Beat C works is the "Rodgers' touch" that you can surely recognize after you've been around the eurobeat scene for some time. He has given the label an unique kind of sound to their songs and it of course has both positive and negative effects, depending on how you look at it. A-Beat C productions are generally pretty mature and the label supports a lot of duets between their male and female vocalists. The biggest names from A-Beat C would probably have to be Dave Rodgers, Matt Land, Domino, Lolita, Go Go Girls, Norma Sheffield and King & Queen. A-Beat C has gotten many strong competitors in the past few years, when the younger generation labels have started a small scale take over. A-Beat C's biggest plus is that with excellent writers they can produce an incredible amount of classical eurobeat songs that people will remember for years to come.

How to contact the A-Beat C studios:

Contini SRL (Ascap)
Via Frua, 7
20146 Milano
Italy

Rodgers Studios SAS (Ascap)
Via G. Verga 301
46030 Romanore
Italy


Saifam - Boom Boom Beat - Asia

Boom Boom Beat is one of the minority labels on eurobeat. They actually came along in the early part of eurobeat history around 1994 but their songs haven't been on many of the eurobeat records. BBB is a label that apparently has multiple sub-categories. It's under Saifam for starters, but the EPs that BBB releases have artists from various Saifam labels like Asia Records, Interdance and Technodisco, so go and figure what the real status is? Boom Boom Beat can be more easily recognizable from Dancemania albums for example. But succesful BBB tracks have also appeared on Euromach and Eurobeat Flash albums for example. Some of the known BBB artists are Mark Farina, Spencer, Sarah, Alvin, Milk & Coffea, The Flippers and Ken Martin. If you are familiar to other eurobeat compilations such as EuroPanic you might also remember Laurie. What is common for BBB is that the songs are extra hyper, and there's a huge dose of positivity in the songs. Saifam took off from Avex for a few years but on Super Eurobeat 161 the label is introduced to the series for the first time! Before this the label had only apepared on the shorter series. During the past few years, all we've gotten is the small scale VIP-compilations that have non-stop edits from the BBB songs, so it's great to get BBB/Saifam back on Avex, because the label really has a lot of talent and a long line of amazing artists.

How to contact 3B studios:

The Saifam Group
Via Tirso 16
37060 Lugagnano (VR)
Italy


Delta

Delta is one of the older generation labels that has been around for quite some time now, the label was created in the year 1995 as producer A. Leonardi from A-Beat C, L. Newfield and C. Moroni from Time joined forces with new eurobeat names and put Delta up. The first Super Eurobeat album with Delta on it was 64, where the old format of 13 songs changed to 18 songs per album. On the same album, Super Eurobeat 64, Delta also got their very first big hit, which was Marko Polo's Money Go! So little by little the label got more and more success and now when you look back to the SEB history you can locate a huge number of great delta songs. The label has known names like Marko Polo, Niko, Vicky Vale, Cherry, Pizza Girl, Suzy Lazy and Dr. Love. Delta's style is pretty much like A-Beat C, but this label offers a bit more of variety if you ask me. Delta has succeeded in creating various hits that have a really unique sound to them and there isn't really a special beat or sound that would be repeated in the labels songs over and over.

How to contact Delta studios:

Delta SRL
Via Biancamo 14
20052 Monza
Italy


HI-NRG Attack

HI-NRG Attack is possibly the most hated and loved label at the same time. The label was created in the year 1994. The label specializes in 'happy' and plain crazy songs that generally don't have any sense what so ever. When you're listening to a HI-NRG Attack song the most important thing is to have fun. With HI-NRG Attack you might experience flashbacks to european bubblegum style every now and then, but then you might also get certain 'rave'-feelings bout some of their songs. HI-NRG Attack offers a wide variety of different styles, and in general this label really does leave a mark. Some of the known names from this label are Jee Bee, Claudia Vip, Franz Tornado, Bazooka Girl, Nikita Jr., Baby Gold and Dolly Pop. Mirror mirror on the wall tell me which one is the most unique label of them all...

How to contact HI-NRG Attack studios:

Live Music Studio
Via Righi 3
15100 Alessandria
Italy


SCP

SCP is also known as Stefano Castagna Productions, the label was known as Double for some years until the title was changed to SCP. SCP is also the youngest of all of the eurobeat labels. Stefano has worked behind many other labels before this one. SCP's style can be described by mixing HI-NRG Attack and Delta together. The SCP productions are generally extra fast and catchy, and the label has a long army of talented singers to back them up, and what usually is most noticable with this label is that the vocals are very well sung. Some of the most famous names from this label are Fastway, Kiki & Kika, Dusty, Ace, Christine and from the newer names specially Lisa Lion has made an impact with her first release. A great label that has a high standard for their own releases.

How to contact SCP studios:

SCP Music
Località Selvello
25010 Pozzolengo (BS)
Italy
<info@scp-music.com>



Time

Time is one of the biggest eurobeat labels and they have been around since the very early days. Time actually joined on the SEBs on Super Eurobeat 17. The label has a huge list of big names and famous songs under their belt. Many of the younger eurober labels have been created by producers who've left Time to create new labels (for example Vibration and HI-NRG Attack) The label is probably the most 'mature' one of all of the labels, their productions are speedy but they retain the small amount of honor that a eurobeat label can have. Some of the biggest names in eurobeat history come from this label so you might recognize some of the latter names: Vanessa, Lisa Johnson, Lou Grant (who unfortunately deceased back in 1999), Rose, Jilly, Sophie, Chester, Maio & Co. and Mike Hammer just to a name a few.

How to contact Time studios:

Time SRL (S.I.A.E.)
Via A Papa 1/A
25128 Brescia
Italy

Sym-Music SRL (S.I.A.E.)
Via Vittorio Emanuele 16
24121 Bergamo
Italy



Vibration

Vibration the last eurobeat label, which is also one of the minorities. Vibration has been around for quite a while but they get their songs released quite rarely, but the good thing is that they are most of the times very high quality. The label has produced some very memorable songs but the list of their artists isn't anywhere near to the other labels. But some of the most known names would have to be Maria Valentino, Dee Dee, Jackie 'O, Jimmy Bravo and Regina. This small record label can be opressed by AVEX but it's loved by fans.
How to contact Vibration studios:

LED Records Italy
Via Vicini 41 - 25015
Desenzano (BS)
Italy
Tel+Fax +39 (0)30 9144203

The different eurobeat compilations


As most of the eurobeat fans already know, there are multiple different compilation series that have been going on for quite a while already. We have of course Super Eurobeat that probably everybody knows. The longest running and the best known series for the fact that it has been around for such a long time. The other compilation series include Eurobeat Flash, Euromach, Maharaja Night HI-NRG Revolution, The Early Days Of SEB (With different titles under this title), Aerobeat Eurobeat, EuroPanic!, Eurobeat Disney, Super Euro X'Mas, Para Para Paradise, That's Eurobeat (+ Now), JGTC, Initial D and in addition a gazillion small series that might have one or two volumes out. And well you might ask what's the difference with all of these compilations? They're all eurobeat anyways...

Super Eurobeat

Super Eurobeat, the compilation series that pretty much everybody who comes here is without doubt familiar with. The series is one of the longest running compilation series in the whole world. With over 150 volumes, the series doesn't seem to slow down at all, and as it has been around for over 14 years, it also has gone through quite a big metamorphosis since the beginning. In the beginning the original Time-records, Flea-records and Discomagic were few of the recordlabels that appeared on the original Super Eurobeat albums. At first the series began as a Beat Freak release, which lasted for 8 albums, after that the series was changed to Avex, and that's also when A-Beat C joined in. The first 10 volumes of Super Eurobeat are mostly italo-disco, which is quite different from the modern eurobeat. The slower beats, and serious 80's tone make this music stick out from the rest.

After Super Eurobeat transferred to Avex, they released albums with the regular pace of an album a month (although July and November are generally the two months of the year when new Super Eurobeats don't come out). The formula of the series morphed right in the beginning. 2-3 regular albums, a nonstop album, 2-3 albums, a nonstop album, 2-3 albums, a bigger compilation, and then from the beginning. The series has gone this way from the very beginning, and the formula seems to work as it's still going strong after 150 volumes. The first 8 Super Eurobeat volumes were also re-released on Avex in 1994, with slightly different tracklistings from the Beat Freak SEBs.
- The series ran from 1990 -
- Labels on Super Eurobeat : A-Beat C, Time, Delta, HI-NRG Attack, SCP, Vibration
- 150+ volumes & 16+ The Best Ofs

Highlights from Super Eurobeat history

21.01.1990 - Super Eurobeat - 001 - The Beat Freak Time Collection is released. Time appears.
21.11.1990 - Super Eurobeat - 008 - The last Beat Freak Super Eurobeat is released.
25.11.1990 - Super Eurobeat - 009 - A-Beat C joins in.
25.11.1990 - Super Eurobeat - 009 - 013 - Time is not present on SEBs.
25.11.1991 - Super Eurobeat - 014 - Time re-joins in. (?)
10.11.1994 - Super Eurobeat - 001 - 004 - Re-released on Avex.
21.10.1994 - Super Eurobeat - 050 - The first bigger compilation with all of the biggest hits.
10.12.1994 - Super Eurobeat - 005 - 008 - Re-released on Avex.
21.12.1995 - Super Eurobeat - 062 - The last 13 track extended format SEB.
21.02.1996 - Super Eurobeat - 064 - Delta joins in. The new 18 track radio-edit format is introduced to SEB.
21.03.1997 - Super Eurobeat - 076 - The Super Remix Collection bonuses are introduced to SEB.
04.08.1999 - Super Eurobeat - 100 - The big 100 is released.
22.01.2003 - Super Eurobeat - 134 - The 18 track format suddenly changes to 15 songs.
18.06.2003 - Super Eurobeat - 139 - The last 15 track SEB.
18.09.2003 - Super Eurobeat - 141 - HI-NRG Attack, SCP and Vibration join in.
17.03.2004 - Super Eurobeat - 146 - The old 70min. 70songs concept is introduced to SEB.
04.08.2004 - Super Eurobeat - 150 - The next big milestone.
28.09.2005 - Super Eurobeat - 161 - Boom Boom Beat joins in, Vibration isn't present.

Maharaja Night HI-NRG Revolution

Maharaja Night HI-NRG Revolution was the 2nd compilation series to begin after Super Eurobeat. MNHR began back in 92, and the usual pace for Maharaja was that an album was released every 3 months. The series unlike Super Eurobeat stack with the same kind of formula from the beginning to the end. Maharaja Night HI-NRG Revolution is also the only eurobeat compilation series that didn't really break the formula at any point. The albums were extended and each album had 12-13 songs. The materials were pretty similar to Super Eurobeat, maybe slightly calmer in a way. Many of the hit songs that appeared on Maharaja Night as extended, were later brought to SEB for nonstops (for example : Lolita - Pretty Woman, Alexis - Hula Hula Hop or King & Queen - Up Side Down). At the same time with MNHR also a series called Maharaja Night House Revolution was released, which had a selection of eurobeat and house music, when The Best Of Maharaja Night collections were released, they consisted songs from both of the HI-NRG and House series. Maharaja Night HI-NRG Revolution lasted for 24 volumes, and after that the title was changed to Maharaja Night Euro Fire, for the duration of 1 album, and then it was changed to Euro Fire, and this lasted for 2 albums. So in total the series had 27 volumes all together.
- The series ran from 1992 to 1998.
- Labels on Maharaja Night HI-NRG Revolution were : A-Beat C, Time, Double (SCP)
- 27 volumes & 5 Best Ofs

Eurobeat Flash

Eurobeat Flash was the third compilation series to begin, and this time the series was all about the new labels. HI-NRG Attack, Vibration & Boom Boom Beat came along, and were the keyplayers in this series. This series was slightly faster and more hyper than Super Eurobeat, and like Super Eurobeat this series began as an extended version, but later on changed to the radio-edit format. Eurobeat Flash began with 2 Extended albums, a nonstop, 2 extendeds, nonstop and one more extended. After this the series abandoned the extended format and went to the modern radio-edit form. The series went on for 24 volumes and it consisted a lot of classic songs, which are warmly remembered by fans. The series is really hard to come by these days, as most of the albums have been sold out. A-Beat C and Delta were featured on this series both with only 3 songs.
- The series ran from 1995 to 1999.
- Labels on Eurobeat Flash were : A-Beat C, Time, Delta, HI-NRG Attack, Vibration, Boom Boom Beat, Double (SCP)
- 22 volumes & 2 Best Ofs

Euromach

When Eurobeat Flash ended and the huge ParaPara phenomenon in Japan started to spread it was also time to get a new eurobeat compilation series towarded for the dance. Euromach was the answer to this boom, and also the answer to many of the eurobeat lovers' dreams. Euromach is a hyper series that is all about having fun and partying.  The series is also one of the few series with only nonstops albums. The general formula consists of 25-26 songs with all of the labels in the mix, though after volume 10 Boom Boom Beat and Vibration were dropped out. Out of the labels on this serie HI-NRG Attack had the biggest portion of each album, and this series also became sort of an embodiment of HI-NRG Attack all together. The series ended without no obvious reason, as it was also pretty popular in Japan, which was very unfortunate and fans are still hoping if there was a return awaiting for Euromach.
- The series ran from 1999 to 2001.
- Labels on Euromach were : A-Beat C, Time, Delta, HI-NRG Attack, Vibration, Boom Boom Beat, SCP
- 16 volumes & 2 Best Ofs