Peak UK Chart Position: #32 in November 1989.
Electribe 101 comprised of four electronic composers and producers from Birmingham, and vocalist Billie Ray Martin from Hamburg, Germany. The group were signed by Tom Watkins (manager to the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Bros, and East 17) to Phonogram records. They were active for a few years across the late 80’s and early 90’s, scoring just two hits – this, and “Talking With Myself” (number 23 in March 1990, and later remixed and re-released in late 1998 getting to number 39), with “You’re Walking” and “Inside Out” (a cover of the Odyssey hit) missing out. They performed as support act to both Erasure and Depeche Mode in concert during 1990.
Billie Ray Martin had her first taste of success as a backing vocalist on “Hey Music Lover”, a 1989 number 6 hit for S’Express, and duly appeared on Top of the Pops with them (an excellent performance too). Post-Electribe 101, she launched her solo career in 1993, with her first release “Your Loving Arms” stalling at number 38 in 1994 before its reissue the following year took it to number six. Both “Running Around Town” and “Imitation Of Life” followed, and both peaked at number 29.
“Tell Me When The Fever Ended” opened Top of the Pops on November 9th 1989, although instead, today’s featured video (above) is taken from a concert they performed at London’s Town and Country Club which was broadcast on ITV. The quality, as you’d expect from something possibly as rare as this, isn’t amazing – but it does showcase Billie’s fantastic and unique voice so very well. She has recently released a new album entitled “The Soul Tapes”, which you can find out more about on both her website, and the short video below which appears on her YouTube account.