BARDEUX

Bardeux was a female dance-pop duo from Los Angeles consisting of singers Stacy Smith and Tairrie B. They formed in 1987 as a synth-pop duo, originally masterminded by Jon St. James of SSQ and Stacey Q fame. Their first song, "Three Time Lover", was a Hi-NRG single that went to number 10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Singles Sales chart. Tairrie B. left the group, and was replaced by Jaz. In 1988 the group released their first album, entitled "Bold As Love," and from that, their second single "Magic Carpet Ride." The single went to number 5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Singles Sales chart and number 81 on Billboard's Hot 100. The group performed the song on the popular dance show Club MTV. "When We Kiss", the third single from the album, would turn out to be the group's biggest hit going all the way to number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100. The fourth single released from that album, was "Bleeding Heart." It was a top 40 hit on the Billboard's Hot Dance Singles Sales chart. A fifth and last single "Hold Me, Hold Me", didn't chart. For the next album, Jaz was replaced with soul singer Melanie Taylor, and their sound changed to house and dance-pop. "Shangri La" was the group's second and last album."I Love to Bass" was the only single to make it on to Billboard's Hot 100, peaking at number 68, number 3 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, and number 32 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The second single "Thumbs Up" made it to number 17 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and number 59 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The last single from the album "Shangri-La" went to number 40 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. Bardeux is considered to be a one-hit wonder, but they produced many dance hits in their short career. Unfortunately, the group disbanded after the Shangri-La album. Stacy a.k.a."Acacia" resurfaced on Thump Records in 1995 with the single "Be My Man" (credited as "Bardeux featuring Acacia"). This was taken from the compilation "Thump Retro Disco" Volume 3" Tairrie B. went on to release a critically acclaimed gangsta rap album called "The Power of a Woman" on Comptown/MCA Records in 1990, and then resurfaced in the late 1990s as the co-founder and lead singer of the goth-rap-metal band "Manhole" (later renamed Tura Satana for legal reasons), and more recently in the band "My Ruin" in the 2000s. Melanie Taylor later went on to perform as one of Bette Midler's backup troupe ("The Staggering Harlettes.") from 1993-2000, and also released a collection of holiday songs on a solo album, "This Christmas," in 2000. She continues to do voiceover work, and commercial jingles, as well as featured vocal work with many well known legendary stage performers. Melanie is currently a featured vocalist, sharing the stage with the incomparable Barry Manilow in his critically acclaimed show, "Music and Passion" at the Las Vegas Hilton. Please visit her website for more information. melanietaylormusic.com

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