Strike It Up (Sensitive Mix) – Black Box | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#8) & R&B (#16); 1991

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Groove Groove Melody – made up of club DJ Dabiele Davoli, computer expert Mirko Limoni, and clarinetist Valeric Semplici – was the driving force behind Italian house music in the 1990’s. The trio of musicians/songwriters/producers made up the core of a number of “groups,” including Black Box. The first release by Black Box, Ride On Time, crossed over to the U.K. market, where it hit #1 in the Fall of 1989. Their second single moved Black Box on to the U.S. charts for the first of several hits, all of which featured the distinctive vocals of Martha Wash. However, just as with the C&C Music Factory videos, Martha was not in sight. Instead, GGM hired French model Katrin (Catherine Quinol) to perform as lead vocalist for the Black Box videos.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Groove Groove Melody

Lyrics Written by:

  • Daniele Davoli
  • Mirko Limoni
  • Valerio Semplici