Go Let It Out debuted at no 1 on 13th February and was the first single from the latest Oasis
album Standing On the Shoulder of Giants. The Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel, have both
become fathers since their fourth album and perhaps this has taken the edge off their output;
whatever the reason the new album has not found much favour with critics and their recent
problems with each other on stage seems to be pointing towards a break-up of the group. However it's dangerous to write off the
band so quickly. Their second single from the album, Who Feels Love, debuted at no 4 on 23rd
April despite being a superior track (with a beautifully shot video) to the first. The latest
single Sunday Morning Call, a return to the sound and quality of old, also debuts at no 4 on
July 9th. Rumours suggest a new album may be ready for early next year.
Go Let It Out (UK:1),
Sunday Morning Call (UK:4),
Who Feels Love (UK:4)
The Offspring wanted to release their new album free on the internet but record bosses have
convinced the boys to be a bit more realistic. Original Prankster their latest single
showing their usual blend of rock and humour strikes a no 6 debut on November 12th. The album
Conspiracy of One follows soon but will have a hard task beating the phenomenal success
of Americana which sold more than a quarter of a million in the UK alone. The band's first
UK hit was Self Esteem in 1995 but it was Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) which made
no 1 in January 1999 that made their name.
Original Prankster (UK:6)
Peaches and Cream by 112 peaks at No 4 in the US on 7th July, 2001. The R&B quartet comprises of
Q Parker, Slim Seandrick, Daron Jones and Michael Keith and are signed to Sean Combs' Bad Boy label. Part III,
an obvious title for their third album, has mostly been written and produced by the group themselves. They received
a grammy for their contribution to I'll Be Missing You, the tribute song to Notorious BIG which was a worldwide hit in 1997.
Peaches And Cream (US:4)
... The Ones
A huge tune in Ibiza during summer 2001 Flawless by The Ones debuts at no 7 on
14th October, 2001 in the UK. The group are New York fashion and club personalities
Paul Alexander, JoJo America and Nashom who first met up while working in clothing design boutique
Patricia Field. The video might suggest they are the campest thing to come out of Greenwich
Village since the Village People but in fact they have worked on a number of big dance tunes.
Nashom has also appeared with Robert De Niro in the film also called Flawless.
Californian trio OPM debut at no 4 on July 8th, 2001 in the UK with Heaven is a Halfpipe. The band
only began recording together in 1999 and are Matthew (aka Shakey Lo the Kreation Kid), his brother-in-law John e. Necro, and Casper (aka Geoff Turney). Their songs reflect the West Coast lifestyle, cool and laid-back on the surface but with a hint of menace and police oppression beneath. Their album Menace To Sobriety is another home-studio
production and is a mix of rock, hip hop, dancehall, pop, dub, and Latin.
Heaven Is A Halfpipe (UK:4)
Long before PopStars, MTV in the US began a show called Making the Band which over 22 weeks
chose five lads to form a boyband. The result was O-Town and a top 10 hit with
Liquid Dreams. The follow-up, a more traditional boy-ballad All Or Nothing climbs
to no 3 in the US on 28th July and debuts at no 4 on 29th July in the UK. Liquid Dreams also becomes a hit in the UK when it debuts at 3 on 22nd April,
2001. Which is a bit of a surprise since a) we didn't see the show, b) the lads are pretty
in the N'Sync style which has more or less failed with British girls and c) just what are these
boys supposed to be lying in their beds doing? For the record the
band members are Ashley Parker Angel, Erik-Michael Estrada, Dan Miller, Trevor Penick, and Jacob
Underwood. Will they manage a follow-up? And don't their mothers do the boys washing? Bet,
they don't think they're lazy...
All Or Nothing (US:3, UK:4)
Liquid Dreams (UK:3)
... DJ Otzi
Just as Hey Baby drops out the Top 10, DJ Otzi
returns with another old hit, Do Wah Diddy on November 25th, 2001. The original version
was a no 1 for Manfred Mann in 1966. DJ Otzi is Austrian and had a huge hit on the
continent in 1999 with Anton from Tirol. His cover of the 1962 no 2 hit by Bruce
Channel, Hey Baby, debuted at no 1 in the UK on September 16th, 2001. Born Gerry
Friedle in 1971 you'd think DJ Otzi was much older from the few glimpses shown in the
videos... Must be just his bad dress sense they are trying to hide...
Do Wah Diddy (UK:9),
Hey Baby (UK:1)
Antwan 'Big Boi' Patton and Andre 'Dre 3000' Benjamin, collectively known as
Outkast debut at no 2 on February 25th, 2001 with Ms Jackson, having topped the US
charts a few weeks previously. The boys were supposed to support Eminem on his recent
UK tour but pulled out so that Big Boi could attend the birth of his child. Not surprising then
that the song is a defence of men accused of being uncaring husbands or absentee fathers. The
video is amusing for all animal lovers as cats, dogs and an owl watch the lads lose their
battle against a house-busting storm...
Ms Jackson (UK:2)
... Oxide and Neutrino
When Bound 4 Da Reload debuted at no 1 on 30th April, 2000 it became clear that Speed Garage
and Two-Step were the biggest chart trends since the boy/girl band explosion. However as their
third success Up Middle Finger which debuts at no 7 on May 20th, 2001 details, not all garage
djs were happy to see them be successful. Oxide and Neutrino
are two teenage producers from London who paid for the white label edition of their track
themselves and sold over 10000. The song samples the theme from the BBC A&E drama
"Casualty" as well as stealing voice samples from "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels". The
track was put together in one of the lad's bedrooms. The follow-up, No Good 4 Me
debuted at no 6 on 24th December, 2000.
Up Middle Finger (UK:7)
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