This is a group who made one of my favourite chart-topping singles of the 90s, and this does have an interesting story. Baby D were a dance group who formed in the late-80s. Their lead singer was Dee, who would later marry Phil Fearon, who had hits in the 80s in the groups Galaxy, and, er, Galaxy Featuring Phil Fearon, and also on his own.
They released their first single in 1990, but their most famous song had been on the scene since 1992, and it would take two years to become a success. An example of how long this had already been a dance anthem before actually being a hit was when I found an edition of late-night ITV music show BPM from early-1993 on an old tape.
This was “Let Me Be Your Fantasy”, and it was clear that a lot of people really liked this, but the first release failed to make the chart. They then had a couple of minor hits in 1993 and 1994. Maybe it was time to give the first one another big push, which would be worth it, as not long after, a poll conducted by radio station Kiss insisted that this song was a favourite of their listeners.
So in November 1994, “Let Me Be Your Fantasy” was released again, and finally became the big success that it always seemed destined to be, despite now being two years old, when this became a chart-topper for two weeks, and I was among those who was pleased by this. But there is another reason why I think of this one more fondly than most.
It was around this time that my granddad died, and it was the first time that I can remember going through a bereavement, so this helped me through at a tough time, and I am always going to be grateful for that. Baby D were now an established name, and they would have further big hits. In June 1995’s “(Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime) I Need Your Loving”, a cover of the hit by The Korgis, reached no. 3.
And in January 1996, “So Pure”, also reached no. 3, although this would be their third and final Top Ten hit single. In February 1996 the album “Deliverance” made the Top Ten too. And in April 1996, “Take Me To Heaven” reached no. 15. But you can’t keep a good song down though. In September 2000, a remix of “Let Me Be Your Fantasy” was released, this time with a Garage feel to fit in more with the sound of the time, sounding as good as ever, and this reached no. 16.