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General information
Genre (s) Pop , rock
founding 1994 as Core
1999 as Core22
Founding members
Sonia Heller
Guillaume Desboeufs
Guitar, vocals
Dick Sunday (until 1998)
Yann Roullier (until 2003)
Claude Müller (until 2001)
Current occupation
Sonia Heller
Guillaume Desboeufs
Luca Smeriglio (since 2003)
Pierre Kuthan (since?)
former members
Marcel Schwegler (2001-2003)
Christophe Picasso (2003–?)

Core22 is a pop - and rock - band from the French-speaking Switzerland , originally under the name Core became known.

Band history

The band from Vevey was founded in 1994 under the name Core in Geneva and at that time consisted of Sonia Heller, Guillaume Desboeufs, Dick Sunday, Claude Müller and Yann Rouiller.

The single Easy Gun , released in 1996, was followed by the rocking debut album Transformer , which entered the German alternative charts at number 4 and made Core a promising newcomer to the music press across Europe.

With the second album Not Your Size (1997) Core also became known in the USA . The single Crocodile achieved top placements on American college radio stations. In addition to the band's previously exclusively English-language titles, the album also contained a cover version of “Je t'aime. .. moi non plus “ by Serge Gainsbourg .

Despite the previous successes, there was no breakthrough in the mass market. That is why the record company Marlboro Music ( BMG ) pushed for "more radio-friendly" music. Core met this demand with her third album Hold Your Breath (1998), for which she parted ways with guitarist Dick Sunday. The single Dive Into The Ocean became a commercial success, which is why the band refused to play the song at live concerts.

In 1999 Core embarked on a new musical path and released a remix album together with the British producer duo Eskimos & Egypt entitled Core vs. Bigg Bugg - Out Of Manchester . At the end of 1999 the group had to change its name to Core22 , as an American band had been using the name Core for a long time. The number 22 is her lucky number, according to singer Sonia Heller.

The contacts to the British music scene significantly influenced the style of the following album. Although the band almost split up, the album Massive Love was released after two years of production , which received very good reviews from experts. In addition, the melancholy single Sorry brought the band good sales success. After bassist Claude Müller was replaced by Marcel Schwegler, a two-year tour followed.

With the single Fly released in February 2003 and the album Nuance , which was released shortly afterwards, Core22 largely said goodbye to rock elements. Instead, the fans were surprised with quieter pop songs, for which unusual instruments such as piano and acoustic guitar were also used. Drummers Luca Smeriglio and Christophe Picasso on bass were also new, replacing Yann Roullier and Marcel Schwegler. The voice and the unmistakable singing style of front woman Sonia Heller remained unchanged.

Under the title Replay , Core22 released a best-of album in May 2004 with 22 hits over the past ten years.

In 2006 the album Killer Love Angel was released . The first single from it, Heart on Fire , was presented by Core22 in January on the TV show PISA on Swiss television SF1. Of the "rockier elements" as announced, however, there is still little to be felt in this song.


  • 1996: Transformer
  • 1997: Not Your Size
  • 1998: Hold Your Breath
  • 1999: Core vs. Bigg Bugg - Out Of Manchester
  • 2001: Massive Love
  • 2003: Nuance
  • 2004: Replay
  • 2006: Killer Love Angel

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