Space – Magic Fly
Space was a disco trio from Marseilles France, formed by Monaco born Didier Marouani. He started out as a pop singer with reasonable success in France, but it was when he formed Space in 1977 that he really made a mark in music. Magic Fly is the title track from their debut album released in ’77, which was a huge number one hit worldwide and sold millions of copies. In fact, their first 3 albums Magic Fly, Deliverance and Just Blue released between ’77 and ’78 sold a mind-blowing 22 million albums, 12 million of which were sold in the former USSR alone. Marouani left Space in 1979 but remaining members Roland Romanelli and Jannick Top released one last album Deeper Zone before the band split in ’81.
After the split, Marouani kept touring as both Didier Marouani & Space, and Paris-France Transit, with a new vocalist Janny Loseth on the lineup. A Paris-France Transit album was released, and Didier & Space played a huge tour of the USSR; where their sound was absolutely massive. Now this, o my brothers opened up some serious doors for them. As well as playing to 21 shows to over 600,000 people around the USSR throughout the early 80s, when Didier released his 1987 album Space Opera — the first opera written for synthesizer and choir, he recorded with both the Red Army Choirs as well as the choirs of Harvard University in the US. But this is where shit gets really wild — Russian cosmonauts relayed the album to the Soviet MIR space station where the album was broadcast, making Space Opera the first album to be played from space. The album went on to be a huge success around Europe and probably like Mars or some shit.
Space were also ahead of their time on the costume stakes — you only have to check out the psychedelic video for Magic Fly to see where another certain prominent French electronic group got their inspiration from. Of course Daft Punk may have taken it to the next level, but hey they were also dressed by Hedi Slimane so what do you expect. Space too had their own little flirt with the high fashion world — Most recently, Magic Fly was used by Karl Lagerfeld on the runway for for his Chanel Haute Couture S/S 2010 collection. Space were also apparently working on a new album Earth To Mars but since it was due to drop last year it seems to be a little, well, lost in space.