Sadly we end this week’s tracks with a snoozeathon. A No.10 hit, first track off her 2nd album ‘Real Love’….and just not very interesting.
Next Friday, some more tunes and since there are actually 18 on the first disc, I may do 4 or 6. But not all 10 that are left. I have got other things to do, you know!
Not as big a hit as you may have expected it to have been – only No.11. Their next 2 singles were bigger hits.
And of course, as I was a trendy student at the time I obviously slagged this off as being awful. But…do you know what, whisper it but with the benefit of hindsight <it’s actually not that bad>
There, I think I got away with that.
Here’s another track that was released in March!
This was a big comeback hit – their first Top 40 hit since 1986, believe it or not. Despite being a big fan of most of their singles, I’ve never really got on with this one for some reason. I much preferred ‘Pandora’s Box’ but that had been snapped up for the ‘Awesome 2’ compo. Hmph.
Let’s carry on shall we? (you won’t always get 8 in a row!)
Erasure after PSB? Hmm…another obvious juxtaposition there.
Still, at least this is a decent single – deservedly a Top 5 hit from their last really great album ‘Chorus’.
A U2 cover after a U2 track, Mr. Abram? Oh, my aching sides.
This had been released way back in March! Considering ‘Jealousy’ could have been chosen instead and is about 1,000 times better, this is a poor choice. Even the Double ‘A’ side ‘…Seriously’ would have been better. In fact this is easily in my 3 least favourite PSB singles of all time.
And Neil looks weird in the video.
Now, this is better. The song that saved us all from the endless reign of Bryan Adams at No.1. There really WAS a point where we thought that it was some weird conspiracy you know, and that some weird version of reality had taken over, like the Village in The Prisoner. After all, how many people could be listening to it and the 15th week and thinking ‘I really must go out and buy this now!’
Anyhow, however grateful most of us were, the first time I heard this I didn’t get it at all. It took a few listens. ‘Achtung Baby’ is the only U2 album I own, which tells you how much I did eventually get it.
And because Bryan Adams was still No.1 in October when this album was compiled, this song hadn’t even been released. “..seems certain to add to their numerous hit singles” to quote Ashley Abram. Oh yes.
A slightly odd choice for Track 2 if you ask me, especially when you consider what’s coming up next. Pretty average fare really, and not a massive hit either – it peaked at No.12.
So then, NOW 20. As mentioned previously, released 26 years ago almost to the day. As was common at the time (and even more so in years like this where there were only 2 main release albums) it featured a round up of recent hits but also big songs from earlier in the year. Also, because NOW Dance 91 (covered earlier this year on the blog) and the lesser remembered Awesome 2 – a one disc roundup of dance and pop tunes from the Summer – had been compiled by the same team, there are fewer dance hits on here than you would expect.
We begin with a song which had just entered the Top 10 at the time the album came out and would go on to spend 2 weeks at No.1, and see a glorious TOTP appearance where Vic was clearly drunk and forgot half of the words in one of the verses. A good way to start then!
It seems like ages since I’ve blogged tracks from a NOW album. That’s because it is.
But this Friday I will be heading back to 1991 with the first few tracks from NOW 20. In the picture I am pointing to the blocky logo that was featured for the first time on that album and is still there on the covers to this day.
It was released on 18th November so the first tracks will appear here almost on the anniversary of that date. To get them all in before Christmas I will be posting them in groups of 4 or 8 depending on how much time I have to spare. Although actually there are an odd number of tracks on the second disc thanks to the inclusion of the full version of one of the worst songs of all time. But I’m getting ahead of myself now. Come back on here on Friday for more!
He’s an MBE now you know, for services to ‘Bydoobaweeoo’ presumably. Another hit on re-release having just missed the Top 75 the year before. And contrary to what you may have thought, he had another couple of Top 40 hits later on. But this was by far the biggest, peaking at No.14.
And that’s it for this album, join me later in the year for NOW 20!
The last track introduced a change of tempo, and the last couple of tracks go into full-on chillout mode. Here’s the first hit for Dina Carroll (she had one more with Quartz but no-one remembers that, mainly because it got to No.39) and it’s rather nice I think.
Unfortunately the video cuts the song off early.
Everyone loves this, don’t they? Well I don’t, never have and never will. So there. File alongside ‘Celebration’ by Kool & The Gang.
This had got to No.46 earlier in the year, but a re-release pushed it up to No.13, their only hit. It also launched the career of Carleen Anderson of course. And it still sounds good today.
Here’s another TOTP clip, with a brief appearance by Nicky Campbell at the end!
Here we go again. Booklet: ‘Due for release on 2nd September 1991…’. Whoops, another Ashley clanger.
A No.72 ‘smash’ this time, from the brief period when Tara Newley decided to follow her Father’s footsteps and try to be a pop star. It’s quite difficult to categorise but doesn’t quite work.
No video available for this one, not that I care. For those who don’t know, I HATE whistling. It has no place in songs at all. If anyone ever makes a song with whistling AND bagpipes in it, hate mail will be on its way.
It’s not actual whistling, just keyboards. Still awful though. Which is a shame as Frankie Knuckles was involved with so many great house tracks and remixes. This was the biggest hit he had in his own name, it got to No.17.
Ah, my best mate from that Sheffield vs. Wigan rugby match. Oh, you’re all bored of that anecdote now? Right-o.
Here’s an alternative, done on 50 pence video for you to view then –
Second song in a row that I bought, in this case on cassingle.
Another tune that reached No.2, they are of course back very soon with a frankly baffling looking book + art installation type thing. I don’t think there will be any more music though, and maybe that’s how it should be. It’s great that every single from their prime 1990-92 period is covered on a NOW album.
Eurythmics and Gwen Guthrie (AAARGGHHHHH!!! Sorry, flashbacks to NOW 8 there) sampling behemoth which I went and bought on 7″ after a long decision process given that it was this or Oceanic’s ‘Insanity’ – not included here but it is on ‘Awesome!! 2’ albeit in its weedy ‘Dream Tripper Edit’ form – and in hindsight maybe I chose the better song as this sounds less dated I think. It reached No.10.
Side 2 (if you had the cassette or LP) begins with the first big hit from the rave tunes that sampled stuff from kids TV, or technically in this case a PIF, and the first hit for The Prodigy. It got to No.3 and you probably know by now that Charly the cat was voiced by Kenny Everett.
Although I said that this album features 7″ mixes, for some reason it’s the 12″ ‘Alley Cat’ mix that’s included on here.
Ah, one of those (surprisingly rare given how many albums he compiled) Ashley Abram very bad punts indeed. ‘Due for release on 2nd September 1991…’ the blurb in the booklet begins. Yes, it was, and sadly it performed that rare chart feat of spending one week at….No.75. Mainly because it’s not that great.
Not content with propping the bottom of the full chart, her next single propped up the bottom of the bit everyone cares about by getting to No.40. Top work, that.