Here’s an indie band (were they Britpop? Well possibly) who I enjoyed in the mid/late-90s as they made lots of witty songs and videos, and for a brief time they were fairly successful. Space were a band from Liverpool (not to be confused with another band called Space from France who had a hit single in 1977 with “Magic Fly”), and their frontman was Tommy Scott. These are some of their highlights.
Their first hit single “Neighbourhood” missed the Top 50 in 1996. And then there was “Female Of The Species” which was their Top 20 breakthrough. This was followed by “Me And You Versus The World”, and this became their first Top Ten hit. And well, a song that begins “I first met you hanging knickers on the line” deserves to be successful. Then their first album “Spiders” was released, and this made the Top Ten too. By now they were welcome on music shows like TFI Friday, Top Of The Pops and The White Room.
They decided to finish off 1996 with a rerelease of “Neighbourhood”, which this time did much better, narrowly missing the Top Ten. This success was deserved and must’ve been satisfying for them. I do find it difficult to choose favourites, but this one has a good claim to being my favourite single of theirs. They only released one single in 1997 which was “Dark Clouds”, yet another Top 20 hit.
They returned in 1998 with “Avenging Angels”, their biggest hit single yet. By this point, they were appearing on magazine covers, and their songs were receiving a decent amount of radio airplay. Next was their biggest hit. “The Ballad Of Tom Jones” featured a guest vocal from Cerys Matthews of Catatonia (who had just hit the big time themselves), with the fascinating tale of how the veteran crooner influenced their lives, which reached no. 4.
Shortly after this, second album “Tin Planet” was released, and this made the Top Ten too. Space were also among the bands that contributed to England United’s “(How Does It Feel To Be) On Top Of The World”, the official song for the 1998 World Cup, and yes, it was finally that collaboration between Spice Girls and Echo And The Bunnymen that we’d all been waiting for.
They finished 1998 with the hits “Begin Again” and “The Bad Days EP”, which included a cover of “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place”, originally by The Animals. And then, that was it. Space’s two (and a bit) years of fame on the chart were up, and they had no further Top 40 hits after this. Their third album was constantly delayed, finally being released almost two decades later, and they have now made six albums.