Opus III (band)
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Opus III Band

Opus III
A.S.K.
Origin London, England
Genres Electronica, progressive house
1992-1994
Labels PWL International
Kirsty Hawkshaw
Kevin Dodds
Ian Munro
Nigel Walton

Opus III was an English electronic music group who had success on the UK Singles Chart and on the U.S. Dance charts. The group consisted of vocalist Kirsty Hawkshaw and producers/musicians Kevin Dodds, Ian Munro and Nigel Walton. The group members promoted a strong environmental and feminist message through their lyrics, album liner notes and photo and video imagery.

Biography

Prior to the forming of Opus III, Dodds, Munro, and Walton, who were members of the Spiral Tribe, signed with Capitol Records UK under the name A.S.K. The act released their first single "Kiss and Tell," in 1988. Afterwards, the trio signed with MCA Records UK, where they released their next single, "Dream," in 1990, peaking at number 85 on the UK singles chart.[1] The group later released a third single, "Freedom We Cry," in 1991.[2]

It was during the fall of 1990 that they noticed a rave dancer that they would add to the act as their visual dancer and afterwards become their lead singer, Kirsty Hawkshaw. The group would eventually become Opus III in 1992. During their tenure as a group, Hawkshaw was the only member that was visible in the music videos and television performances due to the other three members still being under contract to MCA.[3] Once they were released from the label, the other members remained in the background, with the exception of live concert shows.

Their debut album, Mind Fruit, produced the track "It's a Fine Day", a cover of a 1983 single by Jane,[4][5] which topped the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1992[6] and reached number five on the UK Singles Chart.[7]

The song, now considered a house music classic, is the basis of Orbital's 1992 track "Halcyon" and its album version "Halcyon + On + On" included in their second eponymous album; the "la la la" section of the "It's A Fine Day" chorus was backmasked and sampled throughout the song. Hawkshaw appeared in the video for "Halcyon" playing a housewife who was 'under the influence'.

The other single release from Mind Fruit was "I Talk To The Wind", a cover of the 1969 song by King Crimson. This was not a big chart success in the UK, only reaching number 52.[7]

Opus III's second album Guru Mother surfaced in 1994 and produced another U.S. number-one dance song "When You Made The Mountain".[6] A third dance chart entry, "Hand in Hand (Looking for Sweet Inspiration)" hit number 14.[6]

The group disbanded after their second album. Hawkshaw was worried the project was becoming too commercial, which is one of the reasons for the band's separation.[8] Hawkshaw went on to pursue a solo career, lending her vocals to a number of electronic and dance music artists and tracks into the opening years of the 21st century, including Delerium, Silent Poets, BT, DJ Tiësto and again with Orbital.[9]

Discography

Studio albums

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[7][11]
AUS
[10]
AUT
[12]
FRA
[13]
GER
[14]
IRE
[15]
ITA
[16]
SWE
[17]
SWI
[18]
US
Dance

[6]
1992 "It's a Fine Day" 5 54 14 14 18 6 9 22 24 1 Mind Fruit
"I Talk to the Wind" 52 162 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1994 "When You Made the Mountain" 75 172 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 Guru Mother
"Hand in Hand (Looking for Sweet Inspiration)" 79 239 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 14
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

See also

References

  1. ^ "Official Charts > ASK". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved .
  2. ^ A.S.K. Discography at Discogs
  3. ^ "Hot Crossover: Music Meeting" (PDF). Network 40 (1992-07-10, page 42). Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Indie Hits "J"". Cherry Red Records. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2006.
  5. ^ "Edward Barton - News". Edward Barton - Unofficial Web Page. 25 January 2005. Retrieved .
  6. ^ a b c d "Billboard > Artists / Opus III > Chart History > Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved .
  7. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 408. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  8. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Opus III | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved .
  10. ^ a b Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  11. ^ "Official Charts > Opus III". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "austriancharts.at > Opus III in der Österreichischen Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "lescharts.com > Opus III dans les Charts Français" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Opus III - It's a Fine Day (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know > Search results for 'Opus' (from irishcharts.ie)". Imgur.com (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Hit Parade Italia > Indice per Interprete: O" (in Italian). HitParadeItalia. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "swedishcharts.com > Opus III in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "hitparade.ch > Opus III in der Schweizer Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved .

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