The angry, cynical Flop! followed months later and heralded the exit of Ruiz, who resigned to pursue a solo career. With new drummer Joke Jay, And One cut the EP Monotonie, which invoked the electronic body music influences of their earliest work. Conversely, the 1993 full-length Spot proved their most commercial and accessible effort to date, generating the mainstream pop hit "Life Isn't Easy in Germany." Alex Two left the trio soon after, and with replacement keyboardist Rick Schah, And One recorded 1994's I.S.T., generally considered their most ambitious and challenging project. A year later, Ruiz guested on the single "Deutschemaschine," which marked the end of their long stint with Machinery.
A bidding war quickly resulted, and after signing with Virgin And One issued Nordhausen in 1997. 9.9.99. 9 Uhr followed a year later, scoring the hit "Get You Closer." In the wake of the follow-up, Virgin Superstar, Joke Jay handed in his resignation, and in 2001 Ruiz finally returned to And One full-time, appearing on the MP3-exclusive single "Amerika Brennt," the group's response to the terrorist attacks of September 11. As And One entered its third decade, their pace began to slow.
A new full-length, Aggressor, did not hit retail until 2003, and a three-year gap preceded the release of 2006's Bodypop. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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