All Saints are back together and are heading up a package arena tour featuring some of the very best in 90s pop this winter. The success of last years Big Reunion tour as well as the upcoming Big Reunion Boy Band Special means that these nostalgia-fests are proving very popular.
All Saints hit big in the 90’s with their hits ‘Never, Ever‘, ‘I Know Where It’s At‘, ‘Bootie Call‘ and their huge cover of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Under The Bridge‘ with ‘Lady Marmalade‘. Comprising of Melanie Blatt, Nicola and Natalie Appleton and Shaznay Lewis, the band blazed their way through the pop landscape, before disbanding for other ventures. We won’t talk about the film they made with David Stewart, but we will talk about this comeback of sorts. They’ve been on a media drive of late doing the promotion for this tour, on the back of them getting back on the road with Backstreet Boys for their recent arena jaunt.
Atomic Kitten scored the massive hit ‘Whole Again‘ and where the brainchild of ex OMD front man Andy McClusky. Formed in Liverpool in 1998 they originally comprised of Kerry Katona, Liz McClarnon and Natasha Hamilton. After Kerry left for a job in Iceland, Jenny Frost stepped in. Whole Again holds the illustrious title of the fourth biggest selling song by a girl group in the UK, they also proved to be a dab hand with a cover version, adding a Kitten-ish spin to Eternal Flame and The Tide Is High.
East 17, the original Walthamstow bad boys got an earlier start on most of the bands on the bill. Forming towards the earlier part of the 90s, helmed by Tony Mortimer, who wrote and produced a lot their material. Initial tracks had a rap edge blended with the pop, joined by Brian Harvey (don’t talk about the jacket spuds) and the other two (Terry Coldwell and John Hendy) they released ‘House of Love‘ their first single in 1992. Bagging the Christmas number one in their snowbound parka get out, with ‘Stay Another Day‘ the band continued to bother the charts for a number of years, with a fifth album ‘Dark Light‘ surfacing in 2012.
Let Loose came from around the London area and led by Richie Wermerling made a slight dint on the charts with their singles Crazy For You and Seventeen. A while later the label re-released Crazy For You when it entered the charts at number 24, as was the fashion in the pre iTunes era, a song grew in popularity with radio play, so it slowly wormed it’s way into the ears of folk across the land. After a number of weeks the single had climbed to number two in the national charts. They continued to have a few more hits singles with their cover of Bread’s ‘Make It With You’ hitting the top ten.
Jenny Berggren may not be a familiar name but the band she recorded with were. Ace of Base had a massive hit with ‘All That She Wants‘ in 1993 and the Swedish group was formed by Jenny along with a number of her siblings. Tracks like ‘The Sign’ and ‘Life Is A Flower’ were typical of their output, along with covers like ‘Cruel Summer’.
Big Brovaz were a UK based Urban act who scored a breakthrough hit with the début single ‘Nu Flow‘ in 2002. Comprising of members from all over the globe their R&B/Hip Hop fused sound saw them pick up Mobo’s as well as more hits from two albums.
So there you have a pretty full line up, for what promises to be a great trip down memory lane. All wrapped up under the title ‘Another Time, Another Place‘ this will be a great night to party, on Friday 21 November 2014.
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