Before Eurodance became a hit. There was a few dance attempts by groups such as Twenty 4 Seven. With this song, Twenty 4 Seven provided House elements to the quite new dance elements.
Are You Dreaming is a Twenty 4 Seven production from 1989
In December 1989, Twenty 4 Seven released this song. A nice tune which mixed uplifting House genre with dance. Just before this song the Dutch producer and remixer Ruud Van Rijen created Twenty 4 Seven. A female singer that was singing a catchy chorus together with a male rapper. This combination together with a very happy type of sound and a melody you can’t get rid off. Was the perfect ingredients that became very popular in the Netherlands and soon all over the world.
In the beginning he started out with rapper MC Fixx it. The single was called I Can’t Stand It. This was a hip-hop track (100 BPM). The chorus was made by Ruud himself with a vocoder. But the track only was a little hit in the Dutch Tip-Parade. So Ruud started working out a Hip-House version (124 BPM) which was totally different from the original. Nance Coolen was chosen to be sing the chorus. As it was the trend at the time, song also sampled many singles, such as The Jacksons – Can You Feel It and Kurtis Blow – AJ Scratch. This time, I Can’t Stand It hit top 20 in Holland.
After a few months, a German records company showed interest in the record. They asked Ruud to re-record it in Germany with a different rapper. I Can’t Stand It third version featured raps by Captain Hollywood, along with Nance’s vocals. They were joined by 2 dancers Jacks and Hanks who also did the male backing vocals. It became a smash hit all over Europe, charting in September 1990, peaking #7 in the UK, and #3 in Israel, and #1 in many other countries.
Twenty 4 Seven got some songs climbing on European and Australian charts
|I Can’t Stand It||#2||#39||#3||#17||#22||#5||#2||#7|
|Are You Dreaming||#16||#18||#4||#17|
|Slave To The Music||#2||#6||#5||#4||#14|
|Is It Love||#20||#9||#6||#7||#24|
|Take Me Away||#28||#11||#23||#41|
|Leave Them Alone||#23||#9||#34|
|Oh Baby !||#26||#37|
|Keep On Tryin’||#32||#29|
|We Are The World||#39|
|If You Want My Love||#77|
This song as you can see managed to climb up to 4th place on the Switzerland dance charts which can be said to be a very nice climb. I’v always thought that Twenty 4 Seven was a Swedish Eurodance band, but with me searching info. I got surprised. So now it is clear that they are from the Netherlands.