Louchie Lou & Michie One

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Louchie Lou & Michie One
Origin England, United Kingdom
Genres Ragga, soul
Years active 1993–1998
Labels FFRR Records, China Records, Indochina Records
Past members Louise Gold (Louchie Lou)
Michelle Charles (Michie One)

Louchie Lou & Michie One (Louise Gold and Michelle Charles[1]) were a female ragga/soul duo from London, who met in 1991 at a Rebel MC gig.[2] Their debut single was "Rich Girl".[2] They made their musical debut in the UK Singles Chart in 1993 with their number 7 hit, "Shout".[1][2] It was a mash-up of the 1964 Lulu hit, originally recorded by The Isley Brothers, with the Henry Mancini composition, the "Peter Gunn theme" as performed by The Art of Noise and Duane Eddy from 1986. For their 1994 album debut, they collaborated with Sly and Robbie, and Quincy Jones' son QDIII.[2] 'I'II Be Free was released in October 1995 and contained the singles "Rich Girl" and "Champagne & Wine".[2] International tours in Japan and the Far East along with a headline engagement at Japansplash festival brought visibility to Asian audiences.[2]

Their second album, Danger-Us, released in the summer of 1996, featured the single "The Honeymoon Is Over" as well as a cover version of the Brazilian hit, "Crickets Sing For Anamaria". The same year they were featured as vocalists on Suggs' hit, "Cecilia".[1] Danger-Us again featured QDIII and Sly and Robbie, with additional production work by Jazzwad (Buju Banton, Shabba Ranks) and Buzz Productions (Maxi Priest, Barrington Levy).[2]

They have since released various compilation albums, including 7 Years Of Plenty.

Michie One released a solo album entitled Power of One, although this was not issued in the UK. She is currently working on further solo material, and featuring her vocals on dance music tracks.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Release Date Information UK Album Chart Position
September 4, 1995 II B Free
June 23, 1997 Danger-Us

Compilation albums[edit]

Release Date Information UK Album Chart Position
July 8, 1996 Remix! Remix! Remix!
October 22, 2001 7 Years of Plenty

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Release Date Single UK Singles Chart Position Album
May 17, 1993 "Shout (It Out)"
7
II B Free
August 2, 1993 "Somebody Else's Guy"
54
October 18, 1993 "Rich Girl"
Non-album Single
November 7, 1994 "Champagne & Wine"
181
II B Free
March 6, 1995 "Secret Fantasy"
84
August 14, 1995 "Get Down On It"
58
October 9, 1995 "Free"
93
June 3, 1996 "Good Sweet Lovin'"
34
September 16, 1996 "Free" (reissue)
118
May 19, 1997 "The Honeymoon is Over"
109
Danger-Us
October 19, 1998 "Don't Stand So Close to Me"
Non-album Single
September 13, 1999 "Body Rock"
7 Years of Plenty
October 16, 2000 "10 Out of 10"

As featured artist[edit]

Release Date Single UK Singles Chart Position Album
April 1, 1996 "Cecilia"
(Suggs feat. Louchie Lou & Michie One)
4
The Lone Ranger
September 9, 1996 "No More Alcohol"
(Suggs feat. Louchie Lou & Michie One)
24

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 330. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g NME.com