The One-Hit Wonders – The 2000s Part 9.

This is the final song that I plan to write about in this series that is in the UK Garage genre. I know that I have gone on about it a lot, but this really was my favourite music genre on the chart back in 2000, I still have lots of great memories, as I hope many others do, and I have enjoyed sharing them. Here’s another group that only had one hit single at this time, what did they have to offer?

Zed Bias were yet another British production group who were on the scene. In July 2000 their single “Neighbourhood” (not to be confused with the song by Space that I looked back at recently) was released, and reached no. 25, so it definitely wasn’t the most successful out of all the singles in this genre, but despite that it’s still one of my favourites. There was also a video made, but I don’t think they got as far as Top Of The Pops though. vlcsnap-00335

Some vocalists were hired for this one (Nicky Prince and MC Rumpus of course!), which also contains someone saying “selecter!“, which was becoming alarmingly close to being a cliché by this point. Another thing that helped this to have some success was the endorsement by The Dreem Teem. They were a production trio who by this point also had a show on BBC Radio 1. They were innovators in the genre, and had remixed a lot of songs, including releasing some of their own. vlcsnap-00337

This meant that if you got their endorsement, you were on to a good thing (also one of them was called Timmi Magic, which rather inevitably led to Chris Moyles constantly calling him “Timmy Mallett”). This was right at the peak of Radio 1’s “avin’ it laaarge in Ibiza, whoa I’m totally spannered mate” era, when they really wanted to prove that they did know what this fancy dance music lark was all about. vlcsnap-00338

Everyone has their favourites in this genre, and along with the likes of B15 Project, N ‘n’ G, and Sweet Female Attitude, this really is in the elite band for me of UK Garage classics. However, Zed Bias didn’t make the singles chart again, although they did on go to produce lots of remixes themselves, and have released nine albums under various aliases. The place you’d be most likely to hear “Neighbourhood” nowadays is on a compilation probably called “Now That’s What I Call UK Garage 17”.

Great Moments In Pop – The 90s Part 8.

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. vlcsnap-00313

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. vlcsnap-00314

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. vlcsnap-00316

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. vlcsnap-00315

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.