Eruption


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'Eruption' were a popular band that first formed in 1974, and mixed together Disco, R&B and Soul over a number of releases that spanned over the 1970's and 1980's. The group are perhaps most famous for their covers of Ann Peebles's "I Can't Stand The Rain" and Neil Sedaka's "One Way Ticket", both of which were big Disco hits in the late 1970's. 

When the band first formed in the UK in 1974, the group were initially named "Silent Eruption", and consisted of brothers Greg Perrineau on guitar and Morgan Perrineau on bass, Gerry Williams on keyboards, Eric Kingsley on drums and Lindel Leslie on vocals. After releasing their first single entitled "Let Me Take You Back In Time" was released, the success that they had already gained quickly began to fade, and after growing increasingly frustrated with the band's current stature, original vocalist Lindel Leslie soon left the group, with former backing singer Precious Wilson stepping forward to become lead vocalist. Shortly after their first line up change, the band toured Germany where they were spotted by the producer of German vocal group 'Boney M' Frank Farian. Impressed by their sound, Farian introduced the band to the label 'Hansa Records' who eventually signed them. Not long after the band would go on tour 'Boney M' and the success began to grow. 

After achieving minor success with the single "Party, Party", their cover of "I Can't Stand the Rain" was a hit, reaching #5 in the UK Singles Chart and #18 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Both of these songs were included in their first, self-titled album, which was released in December 1977. It was followed by their second album entitled "Leave a Light", which was launched towards the end of 1978. The second single of that album, "One Way Ticket" (a cover of Neil Sedaka's song written by Jack Keller and Hank Hunter), restored them at the top of the charts with it peaking at #9 in the UK charts. Despite this success, in 1979 vocalist Precious Wilson left the band to pursue a solo carer where she would release a number of singles with limited success. She was replaced by singer Kim Davis, and with her on vocals Eruption enjoyed their third German top 10 single "Go Johnie Go" from their third album entitled "Fight Fight Fight". Tragically Davis suffered a brain haemorrhage not long after joining which sources say was caused by a car accident. Despite this the band carried on and soon singer Jane Jochen joined the group. A cover of Del Shannon's "Runaway" followed and was released in December 1980, peaking at #21 in the German charts. After a compilation album in the spring of 1981 and the single release of "You (You Are My Soul)" from Fight Fight Fight, the band signed to famous German producer Ralph Siegel's label Jupiter Records. 

At this point success began to diminish, and the band failed to match the same success they did with Precious Wilson as their lead singer. Their fourth album "Our Way" (1983) received little attention and later that year drummer Eric Kingsley left the band. By this point the end was neigh, and after the release of the single "Where Do I Begin?", which was released in the UK by FM Revolver, the band soon disbanded not long after. Despite the disbandment, in 1988 a new version of "I Can't Stand the Rain" was released and in 1994, Farian released the CD "Gold – 20 Super Hits" which featured seven remixed Eruption titles and solo tracks by Wilson.