Welcome to week three of the Listening Project: staying safe at home byu working through the entire British Book of Hit Singles (BBoHS) from A-Z. Week 3 saw us leave the A’s and work through Howie B, John B, Jon B, Lorna b, Mark B, Mel B, Sandy B, Stevie and lastly obscure white female gangsta rapper Tarrie B. As ever in the comments there is some unearthed gold, and some what were they thinking curios. A day late.
Evolving thoughts on the charts: boy it must have been dirt cheap in the 90s to launch a boyband. The lists are full of yer BBMaks, BK and B2K to take just one page. Did the majors have no other ideas than putting 3-5 cute boys in denim and Adidas and getting some watered down R and B behind them.It would seem not. There was even a Specsavers run competition to find Britain’s next boyband which resulted in All Eyes hitting number with She’s A Vision (see what they did there).
Onto the finds/ Two club bangers – one a Latino house salsoul banger from the 90s which I cannot believe did not chart, and a rather more obscure track that the comments say was huge on the Scottish club scene in the late 90s. Again, an unexpected joy is the perusal of the Youtube comments stream around such obscure classics as John Asher of Tiswas’s fame version of Lets Twist Again (clue: it’s UTTERLY awful). Bangers, curios and brickbats in the comments.