It’s always sightly saddened me that the world in general doesn’t recognise the name, and more importantly the voice, of Deutsche dance diva Billie Ray Martin. I love that voice. She did have one bona fide bought-by-people-in-Woolworths hit, “Your Loving Arms” (1995), which is a great record, but you don’t even hear that on the radio anymore. (The last time I heard that song on the radio, it was a disappointingly pedestrian cover by one Karen Overton. I don’t know who she is, but she’s certainly no Billie Ray Martin.)
Back in 1989, BRM was fronting Electribe 101, whom you could describe as a kind of Brit-house take on the “fire and ice” style of Yazoo. Debut single “Talking With Myself” had been a big club hit, and would later be reissued and become their biggest chart hit too. Nowadays, “Talking With Myself” is the song they’re mainly remembered for. But in between the two issues of that classic came… a forgotten second classic? I think so, actually.
“Tell Me When The Fever Ended” is a dark number, but pretty darned powerful. It’s “I Put A Spell On You”, unpacked – all the obsession, all the threat. And you can dance to it. It’s terrific, in every sense. I’m actually quite glad nobody’s tried to cover it. You don’t mess with a choon like this.
I’m including all four tracks from the CD single, and the two versions from the album Electribal Memories, but really you only need the 12″ mix. If you want a shorter edit, I’d go for the album version which is a bit more effective than the over-pruned 7″.
Link: Electribe 101 – Tell Me When The Fever Ended (7″)
Link: Electribe 101 – Tell Me When The Fever Ended (raggamix)
Link: Electribe 101 – Tell Me When The Fever Ended (instrumental)
Link: Electribe 101 – Tell Me When The Fever Ended (album version)
Link: Electribe 101 – Tell Me When The Fever Ended (Larry Heard remix)