When I was fourteen, there was absolutely nothing that I loved more than t.A.T.u. I bought everything they released, lived on their fansite, and literally listened to their album so often that my mother had to ban me from playing them when she was home. I always knew that their underage lesbo relationship was nothing more than a marketing trick created by their shady manager and savvy label execs, but I didn’t care. I was hooked on t.A.T.u.’s music, their endless publicity stunts (“fuck the war!“), and their rebellious rule-breaking persona. They were so bad they made Rihanna look like Hilary Duff, and their gay love gimmick and nonconformist attitude had none of the annoying self-indulgent pretense that we see from Lady GaGa today.
Simply put, t.A.T.u. are one of the most definitive pop acts of the 2000s, and one of the greatest girl groups of all-time. To celebrate the duo’s scandalous mark on pop culture, Cherrytree Records is releasing a 10th Anniversary Edition of the their iconic English-language debut, 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane, on November 12th.
Check out an excerpt from the official press release below.
t.A.T.u.’s irresistible first single, ‘All The Things She Said’ topped the charts around the globe and included a 4-week stint at number 1 in the UK. The album was produced by Trevor Horn (producer of Grace Jones, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Seal), Martin “Cherry Cherry Boom Boom” Kierszenbaum (Cherrytree Records label head and producer of Lady Gaga, Far East Movement, Natalia Kills) and Robert Orton (mixer for Jennifer Lopez, Carly Rae Jepsen, Lana del Rey).
Following the original release of “200km/h in the Wrong Lane,” t.A.T.u. became the first-ever eastern European group to achieve platinum status in any language. To this day, t.A.T.u. remain Russia’s most successful musical export with over 6 million units sold and their “200 km/h in the Wrong Lane” debut album is still cited by music journalists as one of the best pop albums.
The “10th Year Anniversary Gold Edition will feature all new artwork, a never-before-released song from the 2002 sessions, “A Simple Motion,” a brand new remix of “All The Things She Said” from producer Fernando Garibay (Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Shakira), special remix in addition to newly-mastered songs.
My body is ready.
Anybody who was a fan of t.A.T.u. back in the day needs to put their Catholic school uniform on, run around crying in the rain, and buy this album. Anybody who was too young to experience t.A.T.u. mania at the time needs to hijack a truck and speed through the snow to the nearest record store to get their hands on a piece of pop history.