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Arabesque started as an all-girl trio at the height of the European disco era in 1977 in Frankfurt, Germany. After the first album, the band lineup was changed by keeping only the original member Michaela Rose and replacing the two other girls with new members Jasmin Vetter and Sandra Lauer. After they split up in 1984, Jasmin and Michaela continued on as the duo "Rouge", while Sandra Lauer started her own career as a solo artist, collaborating with Michael Cretu as Sandra and later as part of Enigma. Arabesque became extremely popular in Japan, and also had a great deal of success in the USSR. In 1980, the single "Take Me Don't Break Me" became a hit, which only scraped the German Top 40. Their next single, "Marigot Bay", would become their only Top Ten hit a few weeks later. Their last singles "Ecstasy" and "Time to Say Goodbye", became hits only after their split, in various European countries, as they sounded very close to the Italo-disco sound, a very popular music genre on the European dance scene at that time. Those songs spread and gained success through LP compilations of dance/pop music, and bootleg tapes, so, the band could never take advantage of this success, as neither those songs could properly appear on any music charts as "singles" anyway(That was a common problem for many '80s European dance artists.) These last Arabesque singles also introduced the "Italo-disco" sound to Japan, under the term "eurobeat", previously used in the UK for the Stock Aitken Waterman productions. That soon lead to Japan's Super Eurobeat music style.

Top Hit Singles
Hello Mr. Monkey 1977
Friday Night / Buggy Boy 1978
Fly High Little Butterfly / Peppermint Jack 1979
Rock Me After Midnight 1979
City Cats / Give It Up 1979
Take Me Don't Break Me 1980
Marigot Bay / Hell Driver 1980
Pack It Up / Parties In A Penthouse 1980
High Life / Make Love Whenever You Can 1980
Don't Wanna Have Breakfast With You 1980
Keep The Wolf From The Door 1981
In for a Penny, in for a Pound 1981
In For A Penny / Midnight Dancer 1981
Billy's Barbeque / Indio Boy 1981
Hit The Jackpot / A Flash In The Pan 1981
Tall Story Teller / Caballero 1982
Jingle Jangle Joe / Once In A Blue Moon 1982
Colourful Arabesque Non-Stop Digest 1982
Young Fingers Get Burnt 1982
Why No Reply / Discover Me 1982
Dance, Dance, Dance 1983
Sunrise in Your Eyes / Pick It Up 1983
Loser Pays The Piper / Angel Face 1983
Heart On Fire / You Better Get A Move On 1984
Time to Say Goodbye 1985
Ecstasy 1986
Hello Mr. Monkey '98(Remix) 1998

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