Jenny McLaren and Ricardo Autobahn were part of pop terrorists The Cuban Boys, who in 1999 scored a massive top 5 million selling hit, and topped the Festive 50. They did two Peel sessions, toured the UK, went on Top Of The Pops, attended John Peel's 60th birthday party, pioneered mash-ups and the Art Of Internet Hype and remixed Helen Love. All of this counted for nothing of course when they became a chart-topping novelty band, and after one of the weirdest albums ever released on EMI the group softly dissolved.
In 2001 Jenny and Ric joined up with Ninthwave Records in the US and in 2002 released the CD 'Living In Neon'. It scored immediate critical acclaim and sold astonishingly well, breaking out of the darkwave/electroclash niche and crossing over to mainstream America. In that same mainstream Ric and his UK production partner Daz Sampson hooked up with Glen Campbell for a 21st century revamp of 'Rhinestone Cowboy' which topped charts worldwide and brought Glen back to the UK top 20 for the first time in a quarter of a century. In 2003, Daz and Ric, with Jenny on vocals, attempted to invent the world's most fearsome kids band (the Barndance Boys) - and scored a chart hit for their troubles.
During 2003 'I Am Gothic', one of the standout cuts on 'Living In Neon' was becoming a truly huge goth floorfiller across America and - by now - Europe as well. A remix package of the song was issued as a single in summer of 03, and consequently 'I Am Gothic' has spent three successful years as one of the most genuinely popular electro club anthems in the world.
Spray continued careers as a producer and commercial soundtrack composer (Ric) and a session vocalist (Jen). Then in 2005 Ric co-wrote and produced 'The Woah Song' with DJ Daz - a massive party anthem that stormed Europe with a vocal from Jen. Ric & Jen also spent 2005 writing and recording the 2nd Spray long-player, 'Children Of A Laser God'. The massive club hit 'Run With Us' spearheaded the campaign with some sensational reactions.
2006 -and out of the blue - Daz Sampson was invited to submit the song 'Teenage Life', co-written, performed and produced with Ric in Spray Studio, as the UK's Eurovision entry. Jenny was, you'll be pleased to hear, also enigmatically involved with this track. It waltzed through the UK final on prime-time Saturday night BBC television but stalled at the Eurovision Finals in Greece in May, coming 19th out of the 37 competing nations. Daz did take the song to the UK top 10 with an appearance on the late Top Of The Pops, and he and Ric continue to work as producers and songwriters through the Sporting Riff Raff label.
For more information on the Eurovision Stuff, visit http://www.dazsampson.co.uk - there's loads of links and stuff there and on the MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/dazsampson.
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