Urban Cookie Collective

Urban Cookie Collective
Release date
01 January 1970
Urban Cookie Collective
01 January 1970 |

Behind Urban Cookie Collective stands Rohan Heath, keyboardist, who writes and produces the songs. He had
formerly worked with Yargo and A Guy Called Gerald. The female vocalist, Diane Charlemagne, who also took
part to the writing of some of the songs. The other members are Simon Bertall and Peter Samson (bongo player).
Also were included, Marty (MC) and DJ Pete (DJ). Some guest rappers also took part to the project : Lovedog on
High On A Happy Vibe, 8 Bar Wizard on Spend The Day.

R. Heath had learned classical piano as a child, going electric in time to perform with the latter two outfits. He had
decided on music after abandoning a PhD at Vermont University. After a tour of Japan supporting the Happy
Mondays, he left A Guy Called Gerald to release Hardcore Uproar as Together, which made number 12 in the UK
charts in August 1990. After a brief stint with Eek A Mouse, he elected to concentrate on solo work, and
inaugurated Urban Cookie Collective.

UCC achieved a major breakthrough in 1993 with “The Key, The Secret”, one of the most riveting dance tracks of
the season, peaking #2 in the UK, and #5 in the sales charts in Germany. It was originally a track written at home by
Heath, in a soul/hip hop vein, produced by Chapter And The Verse on the tiny Unheard Records imprint. However,
after a remix provoked a massive club response it was picked up by Pulse 8, who also issued a double album the
same year. A special UK remixes CD was also released for this single.

The follow-up “Feels Like Heaven” was also very successful, it reached UK charts position #5, and #12 in the
German sales charts.

Then came the singles “Sail Away”, which reached #18 in UK charts and #25 in German sales charts, then “High On A Happy Vibe”, which only scored #31.

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