However there remained a demand for Baccara's music, particularly on the European television circuit, and by the middle of the decade both Mateos and Mendiola had formed their own versions of Baccara with new singing partners. A new Baccara album with Mayte Mateos and Paloma Blanco, entitled Satin. Somewhere in Paradise with its allusions to life after death is regularly played by Christian radio stations while The Devil with its background pistol shots is sometimes identified with the gay community. During the 1990s New Baccara was renamed back to Baccara; as a consequence both Mateos and Mendiola now head different duos with the same name. The song was heard everywhere over the summer of 1977 and it is still evocative of that moment in time. Maria Mendiola's Baccara 1985present Initially called New Baccara to distinguish it from Mayte Mateos' re-formed Baccara, Mendiola teamed up with vocalist Marisa Pérez and in 1987 reached the top five in Spain and top 40 in Germany with the single Call Me Up, written by Ian Cussick.
Both of these Baccara recordings have become iconic. Lara A4 Baccara Gimme More Peter Zentner, Rolf Soja A5 Baccara Koochie-Koo Frank Dostal, Rolf Soja A6 Baccara Mad In Madrid Frank Dostal, Rolf Soja B1 Baccara Sorry, I'm A Lady Frank Dostal, Rolf Soja B2 Baccara Cara Mia John O'Brien-Docker, Rolf Soja B3 Baccara Feel Me Peter Zentner, Rolf Soja B4 Baccara Can't Help Falling In Love Weiss, Peretti, Creatore B5 Baccara Number One Frank Dostal, Rolf Soja B6 Baccara Don't Play Me A Symphonie Frank Dostal, Rolf Soja Notes Producer, Arranged By Rolf Soja Images Comments and Reviews Add a or about this album Linked Releases. The single failed to chart successfully. Here they found that there was an audience for the performance of traditional Spanish music and dance in a form that was adapted to suit international tastes. This is offered annually to celebrities whose abilities have impressed, moved and enthused the people in Germany.
When Mateos married in Stockholm in 1982, Mendiola attended the wedding as a guest. The original Baccara enjoyed meteoric but brief success in the late 1970s. However, Baccara lost out to local star Lena Philipsson, who eventually placed 5th in the competition. Although having no new hits to their name, Mateos' Baccara have remained in demand for television and live performances, performing the band's extensive back catalogue versions of which have been released as compilations as well as up-tempo interpretations of traditional Spanish songs. However, the two women remained on friendly terms. By this time the disco sound had been overshadowed by newer music movements such as punk, new wave and synthpop in much of Europe and interest was largely confined to those countries where the duo had an established fan base, notably Germany. Their song, Mad In Madrid, came 14th out of 37 participating countries.
Towards the end of the decade New Baccara was renamed back to Baccara, and releases continued, although the group did not chart as their output was directed towards the club scene with singles pressed in strictly limited quantities. Initially the duo's act was simply that of variety show dancers. In 2004, Mayte Mateos was once again involved with Eurovision, when her incarnation of Baccara took part in the Swedish Melodifestivalen preselection contest to represent Sweden with the song Soy tu Venus. One music critic suggested that the Baccara formula lacked artistic depth but had been mined for all it was worth over two years until public interest moved on to other things. By 1983 both artists had released albums of their own Mateos with Spanish Dreams and Mendiola with Born Again which saw moderate success amongst Baccara's original fan base.
Most of Baccara's recordings were sung in English although they did also record in Spanish, German and French. Together with fellow writer , Soja penned their début single Yes Sir, I Can Boogie and most of their other 1970s hits. Mateos and Mendiola were retitled Baccara, after the name of the black rose, in reference to the women's dark Spanish appearance. The duo recorded Bad Boys with Bruce Baxter and Graham Sacher. Both principals have subsequently had prolonged but separate legacy careers based on nostalgia and their earlier fame. Mendiola's Baccara enjoys a demanding schedule of television appearances, live shows and club dates. While drawing lightly on Spanish flamenco song and dance tradition, the formula was very much rooted in 1970s disco music.
Baccara Origin Spain Genres Pop, Eurodisco Years active 1977-1981 Labels Associated acts Venus Website Members María Mendiola Mayte Mateos Baccara was a female vocal duo formed in 1977 by Spanish artists Mayte Mateos February 7, 1951, Logroño and María Mendiola April 4, 1952, Madrid. Mateos' Baccara has released few new recordings, but has remained in demand for television and live appearances in countries such as Spain and Germany where the original Baccara developed a loyal fan base, performing the duo's back-catalogue and modernised versions of traditional Spanish songs. Touring in Europe during the late 1970s helped the band establish a firm fan base in Germany where their records continued to be produced and the Scandinavian countries, and their Spanish-flavoured interpretation of the disco sound also brought them recognition in Japan and Russia. In 2004, they appeared on British reality show Hit Me Baby One More Time. It was agreed that until Perez recovers, her place at Baccara live performances would be taken by Mendiola's niece Laura Mendiola.
Despite a series of name and line-up changes, both Baccara duos continue to perform around Europe and have released new albums. Mateos' current singing partner is once again fellow Spaniard Paloma Blanco. Think what you like about Baccara, seen today their 1978 Eurovision performance has a certain style while their competition from that event looks dated and amateurish - New Musical Express, May 2002 Further recognition came in 1978 when Baccara was granted Germany's most prestigious media award, Burda Publishing Group's Bambi prize. He developed their stage performance and recruited their instrumental support. In 1978 the second Baccara album, Light My Fire, was released across Europe, and whilst not matching the international success of the first, it spawned the single Parlez-vous français? Soja's song arrangements generally used Mateos as the lead singer while Mendiola contributed with backing and refrains.
The artwork for the single's cover appears to have remained unchanged. In 1976 the two women formed a singing and dancing duo using the title Venus and left the Ballet Company. While there she met fellow performer María Mendiola. A twenty eight second instrumental bridge was removed from the start of the recording thereby reducing the play time from 6:12 to 5:44 and the vocals were remixed so as to give Mendiola and Mateos equal prominence. Split The 1980 single release of Sleepy-Time-Toy led to a disagreement within Baccara over the vocal mix used. .