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ATC

ATC   (Germany)

EuroPop group
Added : 20/05/2002
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Planet Pop
Touch The Sky
Around The World (La La La La)
My Heart Beats Like A Drum
Thinking Of You
Why Oh Why
I'm In Heaven (When You Kiss Me)
Set Me Free
New York City
Never Give Up
99 2000 2001 2002 2003

Latest ATC news

22/03/2013 : Carolina Marquez feat. Flo Rida & Dale Saunders released a song strongly inspired from Ruki Vverkh Pesenka, which was already adapted by ATC under the title Around the World (La La La La La) (thanks to Andri)

05/02/2012 : ATC's Around The World melody was covered in Gromee Feat Tommy Gunn & Ali Tennant's You Make Me Say. (Thanks to Eurodance Blog)

07/01/2012 : The Disco Boys covered ATC's hit single Around The World (which was itself a cover of a Ruki Vverh song) (Thanks to Tavi Meran)

30/09/2010 : The melody of Ruki Vverh and ATC's hit La La La was covered by Auburn feat Lyaz. (Thanks to Tavi Meran)

17/03/2003 : ATC changed their name into A Touch Of Class.

20/05/2002 : the next ATC single will be entitled Set Me Free, the release date is 3rd of June (thanks to DJ Baboon).

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ATC albums

Planet Pop Planet Pop 6th Feb 2001
Touch The Sky Touch The Sky 23rd Mar 2003

 

ATC singles

Around The World (La La La La) Around The World (La La La La) 17th Jul 2000  
My Heart Beats Like A Drum My Heart Beats Like A Drum 4th Sep 2000  
Thinking Of You Thinking Of You 4th Dec 2000  
Why Oh Why Why Oh Why 12th Feb 2001  
I'm In Heaven (When You Kiss Me) I'm In Heaven (When You Kiss Me) 15th Oct 2001  
Set Me Free Set Me Free 6th Mar 2002  
New York City New York City 3rd Mar 2003  

 

Featurings and collaborations

Never Give Up Hand In Hand For Children - Never Give Up 25th Nov 2002  

 



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ATC biography

ATC was a euro-trance project directed and produced by Alex Christensen (U 96, Rollergirl...) in Hamburg, Germany. ATC means "A Touch Of Class". Members were Joe Murray (born July 5th 1974 in Christ Church, New Zealand), Tracey Elizabeth Packham (England), Sarah Egglestone (born in Warrandyte, Australia) and Livio Salvi (born January 25th 1977 in Italy). Most of them had already worked together in the music Cats, and were discovered by Thomas M. Stein.

Their first single Around The World (La La La La) was an instant hit : it stayed #1 during 7 weeks in the German Charts and was played 1500 times in one week on German radio. It peaked # 1 in Israel and # 15 in UK. It sold gold in France. Around The World was actually a cover of a Russian song called Pesenka released in 1998 by the project Ruki Vverkh (Hands Up in English), and which had already been a big hit in there homeland. The video was shot at the basement of the International Congress Centre in Berlin. ATC released their first album Planet Pop, recorded at Rosengarten Studios and Kingsize Studio, in February 2001. It was renamed A Touch Of Class for the Canadian market. ATC received an ECHO for Best Dance Act.

The follow-up to Around The World was entitled My Heart Beats Like A Drum. It was also very successful. The video was shot in August 2001 at the Cinelicht studios in Hamburg. The following single Thinking Of You was shot in a castle in England. For this single they used a sample from Jacki Graham's 1986 hit Breaking Away.

2001 : Why Oh Why was the last single to be released from the album Planet Pop. The video was shot in the Göteborg studios in Sweden. Then came the very succesful I'm In Heaven, from the forthcoming second album, which was also shot in a studio in Sweden.

2002 : Around The World was used in a television commercial for General Electric in the United States. ATC were featured on the new version of Together that DJ Bobo recorded for his album Celebration. They were also a part of his show DJ Bobo & Friends. They took part to the writing of the single Future in your Hand, for the charity project Hand in Hand for Children. ATC was seen on the 25th of May, at the Grand Prix d'Eurovision broadcasted on ARD.

A new album was planned for release in June, the name was Victory, there were also rumors according to which the name could be different. Finally no album was released in 2002. The next single will be entitled Set Me Free (and not Call On Me), planned for 3rd of June. ATC also released a new single with Karaja called She Moves (La La La).

2003 : after being sued by DJ and producer ATB, ATC had to change their name into A Touch of Class and recorded a new single called New York City. Their album was available in March and was called Touch The Sky. But it was not very succesful. The members decided to split up the same year. Tracey went back to England, she nowadays lives in Birmingham. Former ATC members still keep in touch.

2007 : Around the World was covered by the band BeFour under the name Magic Melody.

2010 : Around the World was sampled in the singles La La La by Auburn featuring Iyaz and in 2 in the Morning by Girlicious.

2012 : The Disco Boys covered Around The World. Later the same year, it was also a source of inspiration for Gromee Feat Tommy Gunn & Ali Tennant's You Make Me Say.

2013 : Carolina Marquez feat. Flo Rida & Dale Saunders released a song strongly inspired from Around the World.

ATC official homepage
ATC American fanpage
ATC Italian fanpage
Thanks to nolimits, Ben Smith, D-Man '94 and DJ Baboon
Thanks to Shimon O'Hana for the charts positions

ATC biography was last updated Sat, January 31st 2015


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