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.
A No.15 hit for William Latour, his only chart appearance. I’m not overly keen on it, but one of my old University Radio Nottingham colleagues certainly was – hi Nick, if you’re reading this!
Well, this is frankly rather marvellous. Sampling….ooh…way too many things to mention, it got to No.22. Yes, only as high as that. Scandalously, they wouldn’t even get that high in the chart ever again barring their appearances with Gorillaz.
Their previous single, ‘Expression’, had only got to No.40 so they waited almost a year before they released this in remix form.
This brings back happy memories of doing demo tapes at University Radio Nottingham as it would’ve been on most of them. ‘Get on the floor every goddamn booty’ indeed!
One of the biggest selling songs of 91, and in any other year it would’ve been No.1 for most of the 6 (six!) weeks that it was stuck at No.2. It’s a bit surprising that this didn’t turn up on NOW 20 as well given that they didn’t have the rights to Bryan Adams, but for some reason its only appearance was on this album.
One of many tracks to get to No.2 during the tedious mammoth reign of Bryan Adams at the top (there’ll be another one along in a minute) this was by far their biggest hit.
The first solo hit for Cathy Dennis after ‘Just Another Dream’ had stalled in the 90s on the chart twice (!), this song was originally an 80s non-hit for Fonda Rae.
This performance is another TOTP one.
Nicely sequenced, this album. A gentle start and end with some banging tunes in the middle.
This track got to No.6 and here’s a TOTP performance introduced by ‘Ooh’ Gary Davies!
…since Katherine passed away so here’s another runout for an embarrassing pic (for me, that is)
Most of you will know why this blog is here but for new followers (hello to you!) it exists because I did a NOW album for Macmillan Cancer Care in March 2015 in memory of Katherine. I now sporadically continue the journey on here and next on my list is NOW Dance 91. Actually this is quite an appropriate one to log today because Veronica and I met at one of Kat’s parties and when we pooled our CD collections it was one of the few albums that we BOTH owned!
I’ll be skipping the first couple of tracks as they’re both on NOW 20 which I’ll cover later in the year. The album marked a change in NOW Dance compilations as for the first time. 7″ rather than 12″ mixes were featured. It was also the only one to be released in 91 after the 3 editions we were spoilt with the year before. It covers the middle period of the year and unusually for a NOW album there are no chart toppers but then again, this was the Summer of Bryan Adams domination so they didn’t have any choice there. It’s a pretty good roundup of all the late Spring / Summer dance tunes and those that weren’t covered here ended up on the second edition of the short-lived ‘Awesome!!’ series that came out at roughly the same time.
Come back here later for the tracks!
…the blog kicks back into action as I will be posting tracks from NOW Dance 91.
It was released in September but it’s been ages since I’ve put anything on here and there is a good reason for going through it tomorrow as I will explain for those who can’t guess.
I’ll be covering all tracks bar the first 2 as they are also featured on NOW 20 which I’ll be covering later in the year. So join me here tomorrow!