Arabesque (group)

Arabesque (group)

Arabesque was a famous German disco music group formed in 1977, consisting of Sandra Cretu (joined the group in 1979), Jasmin Vetter, and Michaela Rose. After a split in 1984 Jasmin Vetter and Michaela Rose continued as the group "Rouge", while Sandra Cretu started her career in the group Sandra with Michael Cretu.

Arabesque was popular in Japan, selling more than 6 million albums thereFact|date=February 2007. They also had 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 single Top Ten hit a few weeks later. Their last singles "Ecstasy" and "Time to Say Goodbye", turned hits after their split, on various central, south and east European countries, because they sounded very close to the "Italo-disco" sound, a very popular music genre of the European Discotheques at that time. Those songs spread and gained success through LP compilations of dance/pop music and bootleg tapes, so the group never could take advantage of this success neither those songs turn on any kind of charts as "singles". That was a common problem for many '80s European artists.The last Arabesque singles 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.

On December 16, 2006 Arabesque (featuring Michaela Rose and two new members Sabine Kaemper and Silke Brauner) headlined the second Retro FM festival in Moscow. According to Russian press they are planning a tour in Japan and a possible new album. [ [ 16.12.06 Retro FM (in Russian)] ]



* 1978 Friday Night
* 1979 City Cats
* 1980 Marigot Bay
* 1980 IV
* 1981 In For A Penny
* 1981 Caballero
* 1982 Why No Reply
* 1983 Dance Dance Dance
* 1984 Time To Say Good Bye
* 1994 Twin Best (2CD)


* 1977 Hello Mr. Monkey
* 1978 Friday Night
* 1979 City Cats
* 1979 Peppermint Jack
* 1980 Take Me Don't Break Me
* 1980 Marigot Bay
* 1981 In For A Penny, In For A Pound
* 1982 Indio Boy
* 1982 Tall Story Teller
* 1983 Why No Reply
* 1983 Sunrise In Your Eyes
* 1985 Time To Say Goodbye
* 1986 Ecstasy
* 1998 Hello Mr. Monkey '98 (Remix)

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