This week it’s British 4 piece vocal group Steps. They were formed in 1997.
An unashamedly pop group, Steps specialised in feelgood pop tunes accompanied by dance routines for each song. They disbanded in 2001 after a massively successful run, having sold over 20 million records worldwide. They had 16 top forty hits, including 14 top tens and two number 1s. The number ones being Heartbeat/Tragedy in 1998 and Stomp in 2000.
In 2011 they reformed for a 4 part documentary reunion show, and a subsequent greatest hits compilation which reached number 1. In 2012 they embarked on a 22 date tour, released a new studio album and did a six date tour.
They reunited again this year for their 20th anniversary and released a new album “Tears on the Dancefloor” which reached number 2 in the album chart.
These songs are both from their “Tears on the Dancefloor” album and has their typically upbeat catchy pop vibe.
“Scared of the Dark”
(Uploaded to YouTube by StepsVEVO)
(Uploaded to YouTube by StepsVEVO)
This week it’s the stylish and funky “cat in the hat” Jay Kay and his band Jamiroquai. This British band have been releasing jazz funk smooth funky tunes since 1992. They released their 8th studio album “Automaton” this week so the time seems apt to feature them.
They’ve had 26 top 40 hits including 9 top 10s and 1 number 1 from 1992 to present. They had sold more than 35 million albums worldwide before the release of “Automaton” this week, which early reports indicate it is number one or two in album charts worldwide. They have also had great success with their live performances as their musicianship is excellent and fronted by Jay Kay’s funky dance moves and charismatic persona.
I love Jamiroquai so it was hard to choose just two tracks, so I went for a classic disco track which is my favourite song of theirs, and then one which is lovely but wasn’t even on their albums!
“Little L” reached number 5 in 2001
(Uploaded to YouTube by JamiroquaiVEVO)
“Smile” was released in 2011 as a download which had not been on the last album. It is unclear whether it was available for the chart so it may have been lost! Anyway, it’s a lovely dreamy summer track which I thought I’d give an airing to!
(Uploaded to YouTube by Valter Kabas)
Last week I paid tribute to George Michael who died on Christmas Day, but this week I want to remember Rick Parfitt OBE who died aged 68 on Christmas Eve. He was rhythm guitarist for rock legends Status Quo who are one of the most successful bands of all time in the UK, having released over 100 singles and spent 415 weeks on the chart. They also have the most appearances on Top of the Pops (106)! As well as massive chart success it was their live performances which made “the Quo” beloved by their fans. In their 48 year history, it is estimated that they have played over 6000 live shows to a total audience in excess of 25 million people. In doing so, the band has travelled some four million miles. They also famously opened “Live Aid” in 1985 with “Rockin’ All Over The World”
A very talented musician and rock god.
”Whatever You Want” from 1979
(Uploaded to YouTube by LakeParadiseMusic1)
“What You’re Proposin’ ” from 1980
(Uploaded to YouTube by TheWhiteCat65)
“Two Way Traffic” from 2011
(Uploaded to YouTube by earMUSIC)
On this special day we have four rather than the normal two tracks. No special theme just great tracks from different years. Enjoy!
Full Moon (C & J video remix) by Brandy from 2001.
This remix uses the electronic riff from I.O.U by Freeeze from 1983 to great effect
(Uploaded to Youtube by djulsy21)
I’m Your Baby Tonight (extended remix) by Whitney Houston from 1990. Whitney’s voice is sensational on this. So sad she left us so soon.
(Uploaded to Youtube by Patrik Józsa)
Lola’s Theme (Decade mix) by The Shapeshifters from 2004
(Uploaded to Youtube by Alex Bylund)
I Loved You by Blonde (feat Melissa Steel) from 2014
(Uploaded to Youtube by TrivalJoker3)