Be My Lover (La Bouche song)
|"Be My Lover"|
|Single by La Bouche|
|from the album Sweet Dreams|
|B-side||"Do You Still Need Me"|
|Released||March 3, 1995|
|La Bouche singles chronology|
"Be My Lover" is a song recorded by German-American Eurodance group La Bouche. It was released in March 1995 as the second single from their album, Sweet Dreams. It is one of their biggest hits, alongside "Sweet Dreams". This song was dubbed into many megamix tracks and has had remix versions. It reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It also topped the American dance chart for two weeks in December 1995 and hit number one in Germany, Italy and Sweden.
Background and release
American rapper Lane McCray met singer Melanie Thornton in Saarbrücken, Germany while he was on active duty in the US air force. Thornton had moved from the US to Germany, where she performed as guest vocalist on dance-pop recordings.
—Lane McCray talking to Jerry Nunn about the song.
McCray had always wanted to be an entertainer and he'd performed in musicals like A Chorus Line and La bohème. Thornton and McCray went together in a band called Groovin' Affairs and were discovered by German record producer Frank Farian, the mastermind and voice behind the duo Milli Vanilli. They founded the Eurodance duo La Bouche. Lane McCray co-wrote "Be My Lover" with Melanie Thornton.
The duo started recording in the spring of 1994. Because of McCray's duty in the US air force, La Bouche's success faced one minor challenge. But La Bouche went on to be one of the most popular Eurodance acts of the mid-90s. "Be My Lover" topped the American dance chart and reached the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100. It peaked at number one in Germany, Italy and Sweden. And in Australia, Iceland and Norway it peaked at number two.
—Lane McCray talking to Larry Flick about the success of the song.
Two different music videos were made for this song, a European version and an American version.
The European version was filmed in the city in night and features Melanie Thornton as a dominatrix wearing a black outfit while driving a car. She enters something that looks like a closed factory where she meets McCray. The uncut version then shows how McCray are being caught in a net, tied and his mouth sealed with duct tape. He is hung upside down and placed in Thorntons car. She drives to a underground club where men are being held captive by some women. They are hanging upside down from hooks in the ceiling. Thornton walks around these men while she sings. Suddenly McCray manages to break free and raps toward Thornton. Occasionally, we see a crowd of people dancing in the underground club. Thornton and McCray performs in the crowd. The cut version doesn't show McCray being captured and almost all the scenes with the men being hanging upside down were cut.
The American version was filmed in a studio, featuring Thornton singing into a microphone, wearing a purple dress.
Usage in media
The song was played in the 1995 Brazilian soap opera A Próxima Vítima, in the 1997 movie Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, in the 1998 movie A Night at the Roxbury, in the 1999 movie Earthly Possessions, in an episode of the sitcom Step by Step. It was also spoofed as "One Zero 001" on a computer-themed episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy and used in Audition Online Dance Battle as a song. It can be vaguely heard in the background in the "World's Greatest Dick" episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun, in the gay bar that Sally and Harry walk into at the beginning of the episode. It was played at the second episode of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, as Gianni (played by Édgar Ramírez) and his boyfriend Antonio (played by Ricky Martin) enter a gay bar.
In 2000, when Melanie Thornton left the group to start with her solo career, La Bouche released a new version of "Be My Lover" with Natascha Wright vocals (who replaced Melanie Thornton as the female singer of the group).
In 2003, the song was covered by Hysterie. In 2013, Romanian dance pop singer Inna sampled the song for her third studio album Party Never Ends and released it as an official single.
These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Be My Lover".
Charts and sales
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