Captain Jack is a German Eurodance group that formed in Germany in 1995. The group is best known for the single, "Captain Jack", which reached the top 10 in many countries in Europe.
1995–96: Career beginnings
The original formation consists of Liza da Costa and Captain Sharky. They recorded the songs "Dam, Dam, Dam" and "Captain Jack". The latter is the only featured song on the band's debut album "The Mission".
1996–97: Second lineup, The Mission and Operation Dance
Sharky left in 1996 and was replaced by Francisco Gutierrez alias Franky Gee. They released the albums "The Mission" and "Operation Dance" and the singles "Drill Instructor" til "Holiday" before Liza da Costa left in 1997 started a solo career and formed a jazz band Hotel Bossa Nova in 2005.
1998-99: Third lineup and The Captain's Revenge
Liza da Costa was replaced by the singer Maria Lucia Lozanes alias Maloy. In this formation they released one album, called "The Captain's Revenge" and the three singles "Dream a Dream", "Get Up" with the Gipsy Kings and "Only You" before Maloy left in 1999.
2000-05: Fourth lineup, Franky Gee's death and Forced hiatus
Maloy was replaced by Ilka Anna Antonia Traue alias Illi Love, who stayed til 2005. In this formation they released the five albums "Top Secret", "Party Warriors", "Cafe Cubar, "Music Instructor" and their first "Greatest Hits" next to eleven singles til the release of "Capitano" when Franky suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while walking with his son in Spain on October 17, 2005. Doctors predicted that the damage was fatal, and Franky Gee died at the age of 44 on Saturday October 22, 2005, after spending five days in a coma. This forced the producers to pause the project Captain Jack.
2008-09: Fifth lineup, Comeback and Captain Jack is Back
The Captain Jack name was revived in summer of 2008 with Bruce Lacy and singer Jamie Lee. The new lineup's first single, "Turkish Bazar", released in 18. September 2008, was of the dance-pop and hip hop genres, dropping the original lineup's eurodance roots. It was followed by the album "Captain Jack is Back", released in 17. October 2008, and two more singles "Push It Up" and "We Will Rock You" before Captain Jack and Jamie Lee parted ways.
2010-Present: Sixth lineup and Back to the Dancefloor
In 2010 Laura Martin, participant of the fourth installment of Deutschland sucht den Superstar (German version of Idol) and the first season of "The Voice of Germany", joined Bruce Lacy for Captain Jack and replaced Jamie Lee. They released the album "Back to the Dancefloor" in April 2011, which featured Captain Jack classics in new DJ remixes with new songs. The album was followed by three singles "Crank It Up/Deutschland schieß ein Tor", "People Like to Party" and "How Does It Feel".
Captain Jack's music was stylized as a form of military training mixed with Europop and dance pop music. They were musically influenced by the eurodance genre that was popular in Europe, Oceania and South America in the 1990s. The style of eurodance was dance music with a female singer and a male rapper to follow a traditional verse-chorus structure. Captain Jack are best known for dance tracks like "Captain Jack", "Drill Instructor" or "Little Boy". Although they also made slower tracks such as "Back Home", "7 Days" or "I Feel". These tracks don't belong to the europop genre. There are also some Ace of Base influenced reggae pop songs like "Soldier, Soldier" on their early albums. Captain Jack covered numerous of songs such as A-ha's "Take On Me", Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" or Madonna's "Holiday". They also samples classical elements like Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" in their dance song "Dream a Dream" or Johann Pachabel's "Canon in D major" in their ballad "Children". During the early 2000s Captain Jack changed their musical style from eurodance pop to summer vibe tunes, following the styles of the previous single releases "Soldier, Soldier" and "Holiday". They covered numerous well-known famous summer songs, such as "Chico Buarque's "Get Up", Captain Sensible's "Say Captain, Say Wot", Huey Smith & The Clowns's "Don't You Just Know It (Don't Ha Ha)" or KC and the Sunshine Band's "Give It Up". They continued that style til the band's hiatus in 2005. In 2008 Captain Jack returned with a different new musical direction consisting of more matured dance techno sound with more R&B, Hip Hop and Oriental influences, such as "Turkish Bazar".
Captain Jack's costume consisted of a stylized military officer's uniform, with a red hat based on that of the US Marines. His other clothing was styled similarly to a US Army officers dress uniform. Franky chose this style because of his service in the United States Army. After ending his time in the US Army, Franky remained in Germany, where he was last stationed, and began a recording career under the name "Westside". While recording music under that name, he proposed the idea of a dance track based on a drill routine. That idea became the Captain Jack style: songs about peace and love in the style of a military regime. The hat—a US Marines "barracks cover" hat, in the color scheme evoking the Soviet Red Army—further protests the idea of the military, while symbolizing the idea of national unity. Fanart Banner