At this point, the act was faceless so for the second single, the original track "It's On You", singer Patsy Petersen and 'rapper' Shampro were enlisted to join the group. O-Jay felt uncomfortable being the frontman so Shampro mimed O-Jay's raps. The single, on its release in 1990, climbed to #11 in Germany. An album "On The Move" was also released.
Convinced he had a hit on his hand, Brunner persuaded O-Jay to let him release the new version of "Another Night" with Patsy (miming Karin's vocals) and O-Jay to replace Shampro as the new "M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy". It was a #18 hit in Germany in 1993 and all over continental Europe, followed by the album "Space Invaders" but then Clive Davis at Arista Records in the USA showed some interest. He had already had success taking Ace of Base to the States and now wanted to do the same with a re-branded Real McCoy.
A new video was made, another singer Vanessa Mason was found to form a trio and the single shot to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1994, also reaching #1 on Radio & Records magazine's CHR/Pop Airplay chart. It was also re-released in the United Kingdom, where it had only reached #61 the previous year. This time it was far more successful and within three weeks had climbed to #2, selling more than 312,000 copies and also reached #1 in Australia. The Follow-up, "Automatic Lover" reached #52 on the Billboard Hot 100, #10 in the UK, and #5 in Australia. "Run Away" became the follow-up single to "Automatic Lover"; it became the groups second #1 single in Australia and also got to #3 in the USA in early 1995 (and #6 in the UK). A freshened-up US album called "Another Night" was released, with some new tracks, also with vocals by Karin Kasar, and Real McCoy were awarded Best New Act at the American Music Awards in 1995.
"Love And Devotion" was a #11 hit in the UK in April of that year, and "Come And Get Your Love", a cover of the song by Redbone, peaked at #19 on both sides of the Atlantic ending a great year for the act. Shortly afterwards, Patsy left the act and was replaced by Lisa Cork.
In 2003, O-Jay released a solo CD single under the A45 record label (Germany) with several mixes of his winning eurodance formula called "Nite to Remember", a song very reminiscent of the Real McCoy tracks with his rap and female vocals.
Several "greatest hits" compilations have been issued in recent years, and O-Jay started his own weblog in 2004, in which he finally revealed that the group's biggest hits had in fact been performed by Karin Kasar. He has also speculated that yet another Real McCoy group was being lined up without his permission, but so far they have not been launched. O-Jay still performs under the name Real McCoy and collaborated with Ich Troje to represent Poland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. The song, "Follow My Heart", failed to qualify for the grand final.
In early 2007, O-Jay started a new record label, Phears Music, with a distribution partnership with SonyBMG in Germany. He also released a brand new four track digital single "People Are Still Having Sex", a cover of Latour's 1980's house hit, in anticipation of a new album and tour for Real McCoy in 2008.
|Year||Album||United Kingdom||United States|
|1990||On The Move||—||—|
|1997||One More Time||—||79|
|2003||Platinum & Gold Collection||—||—|
|Year||Single||United Kingdom||United States||Australia||Ireland||France||Germany||Switzerland||Austria||Sweden|
|1989||"Pump Up The Jam"||—||—||—||—||—||16||—||—||—|
|1990||"It's On You"||—||—||—||—||8||11||8||4||—|
|1990||"Make A Move"||—||—||—||—||—||—||29||—||—|
|1992||"Let's Talk About Love"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995||"Love And Devotion"||11||—||7||16||—||37||—||16||16|
|1995||"Come And Get Your Love"||19||19||18||22||—||53||—||—||—|
|1995||"Automatic Lover (Call For Love)"||58||52||18||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995||"Sleeping With An Angel"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997||"One More Time"||81||27||3||—||—||85||—||—||—|
|1997||"I Wanna Come (With You)"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997||"If You're Not In It For Love"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998||"Pump Up The Jam '98"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999||"It's On You '99"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003||"Nite To Remember"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005||"Slave 2 My Feelings"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006||"4 The Lover"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007||"People Are Still Having Sex"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|