Jam & Spoon were a German electronic music duo formed in 1991 in Frankfurt.[1] The group consisted of composers and producers Rolf Ellmer (a.k.a. Jam El Mar, classically trained composer) and Markus Löffel (a.k.a. Mark Spoon, DJ). They also worked under the pseudonyms Tokyo Ghetto Pussy, Storm and Big Room. Under these pseudonyms, the credits on the albums are listed as Trancy Spacer and Spacy Trancer.

Jam & Spoon
Also known asTokyo Ghetto Pussy, Storm, Trancy Spacer & Spacy Trancer, Big Room
OriginFrankfurt, Germany
GenresTrance, Eurodance, house, trip hop
Years active1991–2005
LabelsLogic Records, R & S Records, Epic, Sony DancePool, JAM!, Polydor/Island/Universal, Vandit
WebsiteOfficial website
Past membersRolf Ellmer
Markus Löffel (deceased)
Plavka Lonich

BiographyEdit

Jam & Spoon's first album, BreaksUnit1, was released in 1991. They had their first hit with the 1992 song "Stella", which was widely played, remixed and bootlegged in the dance club community for years after its release. The pair also remixed the singles "The Age of Love" and "Go". Their first international and commercial success came in 1993, with the single "Right in the Night", followed by "Find Me (Odyssey to Anyoona)" and "Angel (Ladadi O-Heyo)". These tracks featured vocals by the singer, Plavka Lonich, following the first of which, she was welcomed as the third member, frequently co-writing and performing live. The albums Tripomatic Fairytales 2001 and Tripomatic Fairytales 2002 were released in 1994,[1] followed by Disco 2001 (1995) as Tokyo Ghetto Pussy,[1] Kaleidoscope (1997),[1] Stormjunkie (2000) as Storm, and finally Tripomatic Fairytales 3003 (2005).

In 2000, they remixed "The Chase," a 1979 Giorgio Moroder track. Credited to 'Giorgio Moroder vs. Jam & Spoon', the song reached number 1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. In June 2002, "Be.Angeled" peaked at #4 on that chart.

Markus Löffel died of a heart attack in his Berlin flat, on 11 January 2006 at the age of 39.[2]

In September 2006, a two compact disc set entitled Remixes & Club Classics was released to celebrate Mark Spoon. It is the first compilation of the duo's collected works, and featured an exclusive track "Be.Angeled – Tribute to Mark Spoon", performed live at the 2006 Love Parade in Berlin.

As Tokyo Ghetto PussyEdit

Tokyo Ghetto Pussy
OriginFrankfurt, Germany
GenresHardcore techno
Years active1994–1998
LabelsJAM!

Tokyo Ghetto Pussy was a project by Ellmer and Löffel,[3] also under the pseudonym Trancy Spacer and Spacy Trancer. Their most popular singles as Tokyo Ghetto Pussy were "I Kiss Your Lips", "Everybody on the Floor (Pump It)" and "Fly Me to the Moon".

As StormEdit

Storm was the trance production duo of Ellmer and Löffel, who achieved most of their success in the 1990s.

In 2000, they released the album Stormjunkie, which spawned the No. 3 UK hit, "Time to Burn".[4] Their other chart hits in the UK were "Storm" (No. 32 in both 1998 and 2001) and "Storm Animal" (No. 21, 2000).[5]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

As Jam & Spoon

  • Breaks Unit 1 (1991)
  • Tripomatic Fairytales 2001 (1993) – GER #52,[6] UK #71,[7] AUS #57[8]
  • Tripomatic Fairytales 2002 (1993)
  • Kaleidoscope (1997) – GER #40[6]
  • Tripomatic Fairytales 3003 (2004) – GER #23[6]

Compilation albumsEdit

  • Remixes & Club Classics (2006)
  • Best Of (2015)

As Tokyo Ghetto Pussy

As Storm

  • Stormjunkie (2000)

SinglesEdit

As Jam & Spoon

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
GER
[11]
AUS
[8]
AUT
[12]
FIN
[13]
IRE
[14]
ITA
[15]
NED
[12]
NZ
[16]
SWE
[12]
SWI
[12]
UK
[7]
1992 "Tales from a Danceographic Ocean" 49 Non-album single
"Stella"[A] 66 Tripomatic Fairytales 2001
1993 "Right in the Night (Fall in Love with Music)"[B] (featuring Plavka) 6 2 7 1 18 2 10 9 7 4 10
1994 "Find Me (Odyssey to Anyoona)" (featuring Plavka) 17 22 1 24 6 20 34 20 22
1995 "Angel (Ladadi O-Heyo)" (featuring Plavka) 30 59 3 2 41 28 26
"You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess – Great Mission" (Jam & Spoon's Hands On Yello) 28 Non-album single
1997 "Kaleidoscope Skies" (featuring Plavka) 16 18 20 48 Kaleidoscope
"El Baile" 56
"Don't Call It Love" (featuring Plavka) 78
1999 "Stella 1999 – 1992 – How Stella Got Her Groove Back" 55 Non-album singles
2000 "The Chase" (Giorgio Moroder vs. Jam & Spoon) 44 25 68 75
2001 "Be.Angeled" (featuring Rea) 16 15 95 53 31
2004 "Cynical Heart" (featuring Jim Kerr) 52 50 Tripomatic Fairytales 3003
"Set Me Free (Empty Rooms)" (featuring Rea) 22 57
"Butterfly Sign" (featuring Plavka) 67
2013 "Right in the Night 2013" (featuring Plavka vs. David May and Amfree) 38 46 66 Best Of
2014 "Be.Angeled 2014" (featuring Rea)
2015 "Find Me 2015"
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.
  • ^[A] The single was released as "The Complete Stella" in certain territories.
  • ^[B] "Right in the Night" reached No. 31 in the UK in its first release in 1994, but a re-release the following year peaked higher at No. 10.[17]

As Tokyo Ghetto Pussy

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
GER
[18]
AUS
[9]
BEL
(Fl)

[19]
BEL
(Wa)

[20]
FIN
[21]
NED
[10]
NZ
[22]
UK
[23]
1995 "Everybody on the Floor (Pump It)" 81 6 5 35 10 14 26 Disco 2001
"I Kiss Your Lips" 94 8 5 39 55
1996 "To Another Galaxy" 71 31
1998 "You Make Me Feel" Singles only
2002 "Fly Me to the Moon"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

As Storm[25]

  • "Storm" (1998) - UK #32
  • "Huri-Khan" (1998)
  • "Love Is Here to Stay" (1999)
  • "Time to Burn" (2000) - UK #3
  • "Storm Animal" (2000) - UK #21
  • "Storm" (reissue) (2001) - UK #32

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  9. ^ a b Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
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  16. ^ "charts.nz > Discography Jam & Spoon". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  17. ^ "Right in the night | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company".
  18. ^ German chart peaks:
  19. ^ "Ultratop > Tokyo Ghetto Pussy on Ultratop Flanders" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  20. ^ "Ultratop > Tokyo Ghetto Pussy on Ultratop Wallonia" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  21. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (February 4, 1995). "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. – via Google Books.
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  23. ^ "Official Charts > Tokyo Ghetto Pussy". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  24. ^ a b "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1995". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  25. ^ "STORM | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com.

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