Friday, September 28, 2012

Double

Double [pronounced Doo-Blay] was a pop music duo from Zürich, Switzerland that consisted of drummer\keyboardist Felix Haug and singer\guitarist Kurt Maloo.

They were former members of music trio, Ping Pong, which formed in 1981. The band built a following in Switzerland, but due to legal circumstances, their music was never officially released.

The trio was down to a duo & renamed themselves Double in 1983. During that same year, Double released an EP entitled, "Nanningo" which featured post-punk music. It's unknown how or if the EP made much success.
In 1985, Double's debut album, "Blue" was released on Polydor Records, where it peaked at #69 on the UK Albums chart. When the album was released in the United States on A&M Records in 1986, the album peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Double's first single, "The Captain of Her Heart" became a hit, peaking at #8 on the UK Singles chart. In the US, the song peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September of 1986 and #4 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in August of 1986, making it their only chart appearance in America.

The song was moderately successful in Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Norway, and Switzerland.
The follow-up single, "Your Prayer Takes Me Off" peaked at #91 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for only a week. 
In 1987, Double released their last album, "Dou3le" which failed to make the charts internationally at all.
The only single to chart was "Devil's Ball" which peaked at #71 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for just 4 weeks. After the flop of their follow-up album, Double disbanded and went their separate ways.

On May 1, 2004, Felix Haug passed away of a heart attack. Kurt Maloo continues to be active in the music business. His recent solo album, "Summer of Better Times" was released in 2009. Kurt resides in Hamburg, Germany with his wife, fashion model Anja Muller and two children.

To see Kurt's official website, go to:
http://www.kurtmaloo.com/

To follow Kurt on Twitter, go to:
http://twitter.com/kurtmaloo

To see Kurt's official Facebook fan page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/kurtmaloopage

To see Kurt's MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/kurtmaloo

To see Kurt's official YouTube page, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/kumaloo

To see the music video for "The Captain of Heart," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBlx1JffMQ4

To see the music video for "Devil's Ball," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Sl5mm91qUI

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