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Moti Special

Band, *1981 DE
Electronic and Pop

Moti Special was a german New Wave band, formed in 1981 in Hamburg, by danish guitar player Nils Tuxen, romanian keyboard player Michael Cretu, bassist/vocalist Manfred "Thissy" Thiers and drummer Reinhard "Dickie" Tarrach. All of the members had previous experience as session musicians. Thiers decided on the name of the band after visiting an Indian restaurant in London, where he had the "special" (extra spicy) dish of the house. It was not until 1985 that the band became successful. Although their first single, "Stop! Girls Go Crazy", did not chart, the follow-up, "Cold Days, Hot Nights", was a major hit in Europe, reaching number 3 in Germany. The third single "Don't Be So Shy" made it to number 9. The band's first album "Motivation" reached number 20 on the charts in that same year. Michael Cretu left the band to pursue his solo career and production work with various artists, including his wife, 80s superstar sensation Sandra. Nothing was heard of from the band again until 1989, when a new single was released. The album, along with its title-track "Dancing For Victory" were not that well-received as the first album was. By then, only Tuxen and Tarrach were still in the band, being the only original members left. Michael Cretu has since had a successful career, as a solo artist, collaborator, writer, producer, and most notably, as the creator of Enigma. He also recorded an album with Manfred Thiers as Cretu And Thiers. Their album "Belle Epoque" was released in 1988. Manfred Thiers is still working as a session bass player, and in 2005 performed on the album "The Voice of Leonard Bernstein", alongside Leonard Bernstein, José Carreras, and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, as well as many other great performers. More importantly, he is also a member of Schiller-live Band (Weltreise/Voyage, Leben/Life and Tag und Nacht/Night and Day live tour). In 2006, official remixes of "Cold Days, Hot Nights" (by DJ/producer Arnold Palmer) took the track, now re-titled simply as "Cold Days", into the Top 5 of the official german dance charts. A subsequent full release has yet to materialise despite the track's considerable success in german clubs.

        
Members
PortraitMichael Cretu
voc, key *1957 DE
PortraitFrank Ådahl
voc, bvoc *1960
PortraitNils Tuxen
stg, g, eg *1949 DK
PortraitDicky Tarrach
dr, perc *1944 DE
PortraitManfred Thiers
b DE
PortraitAnders Mossberg
b
Popular Tracks   
Cold Days, Hot Nights - Sunloverz Radio Mix on Cold Days, Hot Nights by Arnold Palmer, Moti Special & Steve Murano
Cold Days, Hot Nights - 2-4 Grooves Radio Version on Cold Days, Hot Nights by Arnold Palmer & Moti Special
Cold Days, Hot Nights - Sunloverz Remix on Cold Days, Hot Nights by Arnold Palmer, Moti Special & Steve Murano
Cold Days, Hot Nights - Radio Edit on Cold Days, Hot Nights by Arnold Palmer & Moti Special
Don't Be so Shy - Radio Edit on Eurobeat Recall by Various Artists
Cold Days, Hot Nights - Original Club Mix on Cold Days, Hot Nights by Arnold Palmer & Moti Special
Cold Days, Hot Nights - Groovestylerz Edit on Cold Days, Hot Nights by Arnold Palmer & Moti Special
Cold Days, Hot Nights - Steve Murano Edit on Cold Days, Hot Nights by Arnold Palmer, Moti Special & Steve Murano
Cold Days, Hot Nights - Steve Murano Remix on Cold Days, Hot Nights by Arnold Palmer, Moti Special & Steve Murano
Cold Days, Hot Nights - Global Pirates Remix on Cold Days, Hot Nights by Arnold Palmer, Moti Special & Steve Murano

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
MotivationMoti Special2019Album
Cold DaysArnold Palmer vs. Moti Special2006Single
Mega-Mix '98Moti Special Feat. Rod D.1998Single
Cold Days Hot NightsBülent Aris Feat. Moti Special1995Single
Behind Closed DoorsMoti Special1990Single
Dancing For VictoryMoti Special1990Album
Dancing For VictoryMoti Special1990Single
In Love We StandMoti Special1989Single
Moti SpecialMoti Special1986Single
Cold Days Hot Nights / Out Of TuneMoti Special1985Single
Don't Be So ShyMoti Special1985Single
MotivationMoti Special1985Album
Stop! Girls Go CrazyMoti Special1985Single
Cold Days, Hot Nights / Visions Of YouMoti Special1984Single
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