... Tamperer featuring Maya
Debuting at no 6 on the 6th of February, 2000 was Hammer To The Heart by Tamperer featuring
In Demand marked the 2000 return to the charts of the Scottish band Texas. It debuted at
no 6 on October 8th. The band first charted in 1989 with the song I Don't Want A Lover
and the album Southside although it wasn't until 1997 and the success of the albums
White on Blonde and The Hush that they repeated their early promise. Fronted by
sultry Sharleen Spiteri she remains the media focal point of the group's videos. For In
Demand Sharleen is joined by British actor, Alan Rickman, in a tango danced in a fuel station forecourt. Maybe
they filmed it while the petrol crisis closed the majority of pumps around the country... A
second new track from their Greatest Hits collection, Inner Smile also hit no 6 in January,
2001 and had Sharleen doing a bizarre imitation of Elvis Presley in the video...
In Demand (UK:6),
Inner Smile (UK:6)
Curious little echoing soul track No More by 3LW debuts in the UK at no 6 on May 27th, 2001. The group consists of
Kiely Alexis Williams, born in Alexandria, Virginia and who worked on a Robert Di Nero TV production at age five,
Naturi Cora Maria Naughton, raised in East Orange, New Jersey and a big fan of Whitney Houston, and Adrienne Eliza Bailon, who once sang in a backing choir for Ricky Martin at Madison Square Garden. With ages ranging from 14 to 17 the girls will no doubt be compared to Destiny's Child although they believe they perform a wider range of material and are perhaps more like the British group Sugababes.
No More (Baby I'm A Do Right) (Uk:6)
... Dante Thomas
It may be close to Christmas but in Australia it's also approaching high summer and so
Dante Thomas climbs to no 5 on December 16th, 2001 with the sunny Miss California.
Discovered by ex-Fugee Pras Thomas combines seventies soul with modern R&B on his debut
album Fly. Born in Salt Lake City he tried to break into the music industry
several times sometimes sleeping rough in New York while trying to plug a demo of material. A
chance audition with Pras lead to the recording of Miss California that night. The track was
a top 40 hit in the US earlier in 2001.
Released over a year ago and on its second issue, Dancing In The Moonlight by
Toploader climbs into the British top 10 for the first time on no less than the 13th
week of its chart run, something which is very rare these days... It peaks at no 7 on February 18th.
The video is getting a
lot of play as one of the Brit awards nominees which might explain some of the new popularity.
The band had another top 10 in 2000, Achilles Heel, while their top 5 album Onka's
Big Moka was a favourite with the public if not the press. They accused the Eastbourne
lads of having too-much "jangly cheeriness" or "droopy-eyed optimism"...
Dancing in the Moonlight (UK:7)
Drops of Jupiter by Train peaks at No 5 in the US on 30th June, 2001 and at no 10 in the UK on August 5th. The band were formed from the
remnants of Los Angeles band The Apostles. Vocalist Patrick Monahan is joined by Jimmy Stafford and Rob Hotchkiss on guitars, Charlie Colin on bass and Scott Underwood on drums. They self-released their debut album in 1996 but this was reworked and repackaged in 1998 and after a tour with Ben Folds Five and the hit songs Free and Meet Virginia it became a major success. The latest album also titled Drops of Jupiter was a top 10 US hit earlier
Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me) (US:5, UK:10)
Sing by Scottish band Travis debuts at no 3 on June 3rd, 2001. The lads have been
busy raising their profile in the US in the last year but have finally returned to tour the UK and
promote their third album, The Invisible Band which went to no 1 on the first week of release. Travis first appeared
in 1997 with Good Feeling, well-received by the press if less so by the public. However
the strength of the singles promoting second album The Man Who and positive festival
appearances eventually carried the album to no 1. Sing is supported by a video showing
a food fight at a country house. Their previous single was Coming Around which debuted at no 5 on June 11th, 2000. With melancholic vocals and lyrics, the mid-tempo song is evocative of the sixties US group,
the Byrds. The video features an Egg-man, convinced by his girlfriend to attend a concert,
wandering the city trying to get to the gig. It's sad, funny and inevitable... As usual both CDs
of the song have previously unreleased material. For more on the band see The A to Z of Travis.
Coming Around (UK:5),
... True Steppers featuring Dane Bowers/Victoria Beckham
After a tough week, promoting Out of Your Mind in what seems to have been every major
record store in the country, Victoria Beckham fails to takes over at no 1 from fellow Spice Girl
Mel C on 20th August. Instead it debuts at no 2. The song, with an expensive futuristic video, is an answer to Buggin', the previous
Truesteppers collaboration which also featured Dane Bowers.
Another Level has now officially disbanded and Dane will now continue his career in garage/two-step.
Buggin' debutted at no 6 on
23rd April. The song has rather nice electronic vocals, and the video was supposed to feature
one of All Saints although that plan didn't come off. The song, about a lad who's
trying to shake off an old girlfriend, could easily have been an ode to Mark Morrison I
suppose. He and Dane had a punch-up in a club late last year... Meanwhile Victoria will soon be
promoting a new Spice Girl album... For more information, see the
A to Z of the Spice Girls
Lyrics: Buggin' (UK:6),
Out of Your Mind (UK:2)
... Shania Twain
Come On Over, the latest album from Canadian country artist Shania Twain has recently been
named as the fifth highest selling album of all time. Often criticised in traditional country
circles for showing her navel in videos, Twain has easily answered those critics by combining
sex with intelligence, especially in her monster single That Don't Impress Me Much. Don't
Be Stupid (remix) debuted at no 5 on 20th February despite having been a back up track on her
previous single, Man I Feel Like A Woman.
Don't Be Stupid (UK:5)
The BBC's most successful series since the Teletubbies, the Tweenies return to the UK
Top 10 on Devember 9th, 2001 when I Believe In Christmas debuts at no 9. A tour of the
kids show has been hugely successful as has the Christmas album from which the track is taken.
For the uninitiated the Tweenies are Bella, Fitz, Jake and Milo and their first hit No 1
was produced by the man behind Aqua and the Vengaboys, Henrik Korpi. That song debuted at no 6
on November 5th, 2000 and climbed to no 5 one week later.
I Believe In Christmas
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