This one does stretch the rules somewhat as this group features people who have had much more success with other groups, but as it brought back memories and it was a curious one-off, I thought I might as well share this one. Did you know that there was once a supergroup that featured members of bands including Blur and Duran Duran? Well it did happen, and during what could be considered to be the peak of Britpop as well.
The main members of Me Me Me were Alex James from Blur, and Stephen Duffy (no longer known as “Tin Tin”), who was in the original line-up of Duran Duran, but left before they hit the big time, and he went on to have a couple of great hits in the mid-80s with “Kiss Me” and “Icing On The Cake”, before going on to form The Lilac Time. Some of Elastica also took part. “Hanging Around” (which was barely two minutes long) was released in August 1996 and reached no. 19. They also performed this on Top On The Pops.
But this isn’t the main reason that I remember this one. You might be beginning to think based on various pieces that I am mildly obsessed with The Chart Show, and well, you’d be right really. One week, a part of the “Hanging Around” video was shown at the end of an edition to preview what was coming next week as the credits ran. The video featured a party in a front room (that the group were also at).
Someone who was going to attend the party bought some x-ray glasses. He then turned up and put the glasses on, and he looked really shocked by what he had seen. What was it exactly? Well we didn’t know because it was at this point the “STOP”/”EJECT” graphic appeared, and the show ended. Oh no, what a cliffhanger, they almost certainly did this deliberately, I remember being so frustrated at the time.
And this was back in the days when you would have to wait a week to find out what would happen next. But, we eventually we got the big reveal and discovered that he saw everyone at the party in a state of undress. Disappointed, he bought another pair of stronger x-ray glasses, hoping they’d be nude presumably, but this time he saw everyone as skeletons, it was horrible! If the video were to go viral, would it be an internet Me Me Me meme?
Following “Hanging Around”, James went back to having success with Blur, and also contributed to Fat Les (of “Vindaloo” fame), and Wigwam (with Betty Boo no less), along with also appearing on some game show celebrity specials including The Chase and Pointless, while Duffy has gone on to have some more success as a songwriter, including being behind a chart-topper for Robbie Williams.