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Steps - Scared of the Dark

I don't know how many people here are familiar with Steps, but they're a UK group of the late 90s/early 2000s who were phenomenally popular with gays and had a string of top 10 hits in Europe and Australia before acrimoniously splitting up in 2001. They had a brief reunion in 2012 followed by a successful tour, but no new music.

Anyway, they've reformed and have a new single out. Lead singer Claire looks great - she got really fat and did a few TV shows about it, but she's really slimmed down - and only H (the annoying gay one) and Lisa have aged that badly. The single is called Scared of the Dark and is quintessential Steps bubblegum silliness, but really rather good too.

'Scared Of The Dark' is taken from Steps’ upcoming album 'Tears On The Dancefloor' which you can pre-order now: Presave the album on Sp...
replies 40Apr 15, 2017 5:52 PM +00:00

OP, Thanks so much for introducing me! Honestly, I somehow managed to never know them before, but I thought this was pretty great.

replies 1Apr 15, 2017 6:10 PM +00:00

So Claire has slimmed down again. Surprised the awful H was invited back. Their reunion clips on Youtube are a good watch. Especially the roundtable bitchfest they had at each other.

replies 2Apr 15, 2017 6:23 PM +00:00

That was fun. Didn't know them at all. A good remix would make it kickass.

I'm assuming the gay guy is the one who kept his T-shirt on? That was lame.

replies 3Apr 15, 2017 6:33 PM +00:00

R1 Their gimmick was that each of their songs had a simple dance routine. In any British gay club from 1997 - 2002, if they played a Steps song literally the entire dance floor would do the dance in unison.

This is their signature song, it's a cover of Tragedy by the BeeGees.

replies 4Apr 15, 2017 6:38 PM +00:00

This is them talking about why they split up. I felt sad when it turned out they hated each other.

First Time Discussion About The Split After 10 Years...
replies 5Apr 15, 2017 6:52 PM +00:00

I was obsessed with this song as a kid.

Steps' official music video for '5, 6, 7, 8'. Click to listen to Steps on Spotify: As featured on Gold: Greate...
replies 6Apr 15, 2017 11:18 PM +00:00

Were they the ones with the TV show?

replies 7Apr 16, 2017 12:25 AM +00:00

Nope, that was S Club 7.

The opening credits from Miami 7, L.A. 7, Hollywood 7 and Viva S Club.
replies 8Apr 16, 2017 12:37 AM +00:00

In Andrea Arnold's Oscar winning short film WASP the main character is a Beckham-worshipping, impoverished young single mum wants a night in the pub with her dream man (played by Danny Dyer!). She can't find a sitter so she takes the kids along and stashes them in the car park out of sight. She can't afford food so she buys them a packet of crisps and performs the dance to Steps' 5,6,7,8 to keep them happy before sneaking back to her man.

Zoë is a single mother who lives with her four children in Dartford. She is poor and can't afford to buy food. One day her ex-boyfriend drives by and asks he...
replies 9Apr 16, 2017 12:49 AM +00:00

Lee was such a hot piece of ass. I admit I liked Steps' ABBA-lite music but I stuck with them as long as I did because I lusted after Lee.
replies 10Apr 16, 2017 1:05 AM +00:00

H was a right little cunt. I despised him then, I despised him after watching that reunion programme and I despise him now. Nasty, vicious, evil little Welsh slut. Mind you, I wanted to hug Faye and Claire so much after that. Lisa? Well, no. She always reminded me of a Pekinese...

replies 11Apr 16, 2017 1:10 AM +00:00

r8, thank you. Completely blanked.

replies 12Apr 16, 2017 1:31 AM +00:00

Me too R6

replies 13Apr 16, 2017 2:25 AM +00:00

My fav is It's The Way You Make Me Feel. The dance is dope.

replies 14Apr 16, 2017 2:31 AM +00:00

Tomasz is a big fan too:

487 Likes, 67 Comments - Tomasz Schafernaker (@schafernaker) on Instagram: “#scaredofthedark #steps ????????????????????????????????????????????????”
replies 15Apr 16, 2017 2:51 AM +00:00

Who tf is Tomasz? LUL

replies 16Apr 16, 2017 4:07 AM +00:00

R16: here ya go -
replies 17Apr 16, 2017 4:34 AM +00:00

There are previews of the songs on their new album on their instagram page. Story of a Hear is written be Benny Andersson!

12.1k Followers, 6 Following, 72 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Steps Official (@officialsteps)
replies 18Apr 16, 2017 5:21 AM +00:00

One of them was in the West End JOSEPH. H, maybe. I'm not sure what he was billed as.

replies 19Apr 16, 2017 5:54 AM +00:00

R11 It always seemed like Lisa felt very entitled to pop stardom. Which was ironic as she had the weakest voice in the group.

replies 20Apr 16, 2017 9:27 AM +00:00

Just bumping this to say their album Tears on the Dancefloor managed to get:

#2 Official album chart

#1 Official download album chart

#1 Official sales album chart

#2 Official physical album chart

#7 Official vinyl album chart

#28 Official streaming album chart

Weirdly, their Ultimate Collection re-charted in the top 20 at #16. Meanwhile, Scared of the Dark peaked inside the top 10, but only at #8. Which isn't brilliant, but it had zero radio airplay and the album is selling well, so I doubt they're too bothered..

replies 21Apr 29, 2017 10:09 AM +00:00

OP, I loved bubblegum pop. Steps, S Club 7 & 8 and less bubblegum type Blue. That's a fun Steps video you posted.

I would have loved for S Club 7 to do new material like Steps. S Club keeps recycling the same songs the few times there has been a reunion. Jo, Bradley and Tina are now doing S Club 3 gigs at pubs. Same songs like S Club Party.

I never could get past Jo O'Meara's racist behaviour and remarks (and chain smoking) on Celebrity Big Brother. Especially when she imitated her accent and laughed! That's why I say "would have loved" if they did new material. She and Bradley have performed at Gay Pride parades but that's not a pass for CBB.

I follow Paul Cattermole on Twitter. He should of had a bigger career.

The video is the embarrassing reunion for SC7 when they performed at a Children in Need fundraiser. Jo's smoking caught up with her. S Club 7 come together exclusively for BBC Children in Need 2014. Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply.
replies 22Apr 29, 2017 8:36 PM +00:00

Who the hell would think that racket of noise upon noise in OP's linked video is good stuff?

replies 23Apr 29, 2017 8:49 PM +00:00
Who the hell would think that racket of noise upon noise in OP's linked video is good stuff?

I do. Plus, the 17k who gave it a thumbs up on yt. No worries if it's not your brand.

replies 24Apr 29, 2017 9:04 PM +00:00

This is Story of a Heart, written by Abba.

Steps - "Story Of A Heart" Tears on the Dancefloor (NEW ALBUM) 2017 Writted by: Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus
replies 25May 1, 2017 7:45 AM +00:00

With their risky-dink production values and unthreatening lack of attractiveness, Steps were perfect for people who found Sonia and Big Fun too urban and sophisticated.

replies 26Jul 18, 2017 1:04 AM +00:00

Was that guy always called "Ian H Watkins", or is the "H" a recent addition to distinguish himself from the lostprophets paedo, Ian Watkins?

replies 27Jul 18, 2017 1:33 AM +00:00

Back in their prime he just went by "H" but that might have been for the same reason, to avoid confusion with the other Ian Watkins. That guy wasn't a known sex offender then, just in much cooler bands than Steps.

replies 28Jul 18, 2017 1:53 AM +00:00

Thanks, R28

replies 29Jul 18, 2017 7:10 AM +00:00

Their new song Neon Blue is out. H is totally looking his age, and they even gave Lee a line!

"Neon Blue'' is taken from Steps’ new album 'Tears On The Dancefloor' which you buy, download or stream now: Follow Steps: https://www....
replies 30Aug 19, 2017 7:43 PM +00:00

They're currently in concert, supported by Vengaboys, Aqua, and Blue!

replies 31Dec 5, 2017 8:15 AM +00:00

Is Lee the straight one? If he is, it figures...

replies 32Dec 5, 2017 8:36 AM +00:00

Who is the fat gay blond?

replies 33Dec 5, 2017 8:37 AM +00:00

In that reunion video when Lisa said there was favoritism, H turned and replied "I can see why you would think that." I LIVE for shade like that!

Her post-Steps single:

I think she only released a handfull of singles and 2 are blocked. 'Lately' was her debut single and biggest hit. Taken from the album 'Never or Now', it pea...
replies 34Dec 5, 2017 10:33 AM +00:00

This is Lisa's song Electric that ended her solo pop career.

She had taken part in a reality TV show about her trying to get a hit, and she'd agreed to publicity that if she didn't get in the Top 10 hit, she'd quit pop. It duly enterd the chart at, I think, 13, and she was very upset about it. It fucking funny.

The video to the pop single "Electric" by sexy solo singer Lisa Scott-Lee.
replies 35Dec 6, 2017 5:33 PM +00:00

Why do people hate H?

He's the only one I know since I used to watch Celebrity Big Brother and he was a somewhat funny contestant. He sang a parody version of Never Going to Give You Up and also revealed some gossip about a supposedly womanizing music star who was always propositioning him. I'd never even heard of Steps, but they were never popular in the U.S.

CBB was also where I first heard of "Lady Sov," but I'm pretty sure that was a seperate year. She seemed quite nice in spite of her allegedly "difficult" reputation.

Speaking of CBB, WTF ever happened to "Basshunter?" Is he still a thing?

--All I Ever Wanted
replies 36Dec 6, 2017 5:46 PM +00:00

Wow you just sent me hurtling down memory lane OP. I remember Steps...and S Club 7, Vengaboys, Aqua, and of course 5ive. I never liked any of them but I will admit I seem to remember most of their songs.

--Boot scootin' baby
replies 37Dec 6, 2017 5:46 PM +00:00

R36 I think Basshunter gave up singing a few years ago and produces now.

replies 38Dec 6, 2017 5:58 PM +00:00

Thanks, r38.

replies 39Dec 6, 2017 6:11 PM +00:00

R39 He also hit his 30s hard.

Basshunter performed at Thebarton Theatre, 26th Nov. 2016. Basshunter Live in Concert Highlights
replies 40Dec 6, 2017 6:13 PM +00:00