Sunday, January 16, 2011

Blue Mercedes

Blue Mercedes were a pop\dance duo from London, England that consisted of singers David Titlow and Duncan Millar.

David was known for wearing purple shorts onstage with the word "Funk Ass" written on them while Duncan was known for playing a big portable synthesizer with double keyboards. They called their musical style "Street Latin Wolff." They founded Blue Mercedes in 1984.
In 1988, Blue Mercedes released their one and only album, "Rich And Famous" which peaked at #165 on the Billboard 200. It failed to chart in the UK, but managed to chart at #25 on the New Zealand Albums chart.
The duo's hit song to date, "I Want To Be Your Property" peaked at #25 on the UK Singles chart. In the US, the song topped Billboard's dance chart and managed to peak at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Their follow-up single, "See Want Must Have" peaked at #57 on the UK Singles chart. In the US, the song managed to peak at #18 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
Blue Mercedes' third single, "Love Is The Gun" peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #49 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. In the UK, the song peaked at #46 on the UK Singles chart.


Two more singles, "Treehouse" and "That Beauty Is You" failed to make any impact on the charts. After that, Blue Mercedes became indie dance band, Nixon.

They released the first single, "Sweet Temptation" and their second single was a cover version of the Sex Pistols' "Submission," but the single was never released.

They also remixed music act Blur's song, "Bad Day" which was released on a white-label 12-inch.

David Titlow later formed indie rock band, Heave in the early 90's. They released two singles and an album which were released in the UK and Japan.

These days, David works as a fashion and music photographer. Duncan Millar still works in the music business, performing jazz\acid-jazz music. He has released three solo albums and has done music for film and television in the UK.

To see Duncan Millar's official website, go to:
http://www.duncanmillar.com/dmflashsite.html

To see the UK music video for "I Want To Be Your Property," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLhvfmX94zA

To see the US music video for "I Want To Be Your Property," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDmeCfvAOO4

To see the music video for "See Want Must Have," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEwf5jVJFVE

To see the music video for "Love is the Gun," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-CUs26L_Vs

1 comment:

bonnie bianco said...

3 brilliant singles off a great album. before blue mercedes there was 1985's Duck-You-Sucker "Love Is Criminal"...