The band released just two more albums, Colours in 1979 and Bad Boys in 1981. The hit process continued in their native Spain, Germany, and Japan during these three years, although Britain considered them little more than one- or two-hit wonders. Indeed, their final album as Baccara didn't even see release in that country. By the time Bad Boys hit the racks, both Mateus and Mendiolo were increasingly focusing on their own solo ventures and, by 1983, the original incarnation of Baccara had split. However, by the middle of the decade, both women were leading their own versions of the band -- Mendiolo as Baccara paired with Marissa Perez, and Mateus as New Baccara
, first with Jane Comerford
and later with Gina T.
It was the Mendiolo/Perez duo that emerged triumphant heavy-hitters on the HI-NRG scene during the late '80s, releasing a string of club hits -- "Touch Me," "Fantasy Boy," and "Call Me Up" -- that culminated in the confusingly titled New Baccara
's Fun, Fun, Fun LP in 1990 (the album also included a new version of "Yes Sir I Can Boogie").
Both versions of Baccara continued to record and perform throughout the '90s, with a cover version of "Wind Beneath My Wings" a massive U.K. club hit, while various hits packages have been released without any real distinction between the two bands. Indeed, in the late '90s, New Baccara
dropped the first word from their name, again becoming Baccara. A hits package, Baccara 2000, was released in 1999. ~ Amy Hanson, Rovi