MR. VAIN by Culture Beat

October 16, 2022

“Mr. Vain” is the lead single from the German music group Culture Beat. It was released in 1993 with their second album, Serenity

Fun Facts:

  • Torsten Fenslau formed the German Eurodance project, Culture Beat. He was also a pioneer in the early musical sound of Frankfurt.
  • Torsten dreamt of being an architect. At the time, he was a popular DJ at Dorian Gray nightclub. In 1989, he joined with friends Peter Zweier and Jens Zimmermann to form Culture Beat.
  • “Mr. Vain” was written by Steven Levis, Jay Supreme, and Nosie Katzmann. 
  • Under frontman Tania Evans and rapper Jay Supreme, the song achieved the most success, topping the charts in 12 European countries. 
  • “Mr. Vain” has sold 10 million records worldwide.
  • While the song hit No. 1 in a few countries, it peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • In 1994, “Mr. Vain” won the “Best International Dance Single” award at the German Echo Awards.
  • The song reached the #17 spot on BuzzFeed’s list of The 101 Greatest Dance Songs of the ‘90s. 
  • In the UK, “Mr. Vain” was the first single to top the UK SIngles Chart that was not released first on a 7-inch vinyl. It hit the top spot on August 22, 1993. 
  • Noise Katzmann has since recorded a country version of the song. 

Lyrics 

Call him Mr. Raider call him Mr. Wrong

Call him Mr. Vain

Call him Mr. Raider call him Mr. Wrong

Call him insane

He’d say: I know what I want

And I want it now

I want you cause I’m Mr. Vain

I know what I want and I want it now

I want you cause I’m Mr. Vain

Call me Raider call me Wrong

Call me insane call me Mr. Vain

Call me what you like

As long as you call me time and again

Feel the presence of the aura

Of the man none to compare

Loveless dying

For a chance just to touch a hand

Or a moment to share

Can’t deny the urge that makes them

Want to lose themselves to the debonair one

Hold me back the simple fact is

That i’m all that and i’m always near

One sexy can’t perplex me now

You know who’s raw

As if you didn’t know before

I know what I want and I want it now

I want you and then I want a little more

Call him Mr. Raider call him Mr. Wrong

Call him Mr. Vain

Call him Mr. Raider call him Mr. Wrong

Call him insane

He’d say: I know what I want

And I want it now

I want you cause I’m Mr. Vain

I know what I want and I want it now

I want you cause I’m Mr. Vain

Girls are all over the world

They hope and pray and die for men

Like me cause I’m the one

Begotten son that breaks the mould

Get a look at male epitome

Style has never seen

That makes you want to grab and hold

And squeeze real tight

Whose gonna be the one to save

You from yourself

When you wanna take a bite

Please oh baby please

You beg you want you say

You got to get some caught

Up in the charm that I laid on thick

And now there’s nowhere

To run

Just another fish to fit the

Worm on the hook of my line

Yeah I keep many females

Longing for a chance to win my heart

With S E X and plenty

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