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.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||Last Wednesday at 11:13 PM|
OP, Thanks so much for introducing me! Honestly, I somehow managed to never know them before, but I thought this was pretty great.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||04/15/2017|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||04/15/2017|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||04/15/2017|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||04/15/2017|
This is them talking about why they split up. I felt sad when it turned out they hated each other.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||04/15/2017|
I was obsessed with this song as a kid.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||04/15/2017|
Were they the ones with the TV show?
|by Anonymous||reply 7||04/16/2017|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||04/16/2017|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||04/16/2017|
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...
|by Anonymous||reply 11||04/16/2017|
r8, thank you. Completely blanked.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||04/16/2017|
My fav is It's The Way You Make Me Feel. The dance is dope.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||04/16/2017|
There are previews of the songs on their new album on their instagram page. Story of a Hear is written be Benny Andersson!
|by Anonymous||reply 18||04/16/2017|
One of them was in the West End JOSEPH. H, maybe. I'm not sure what he was billed as.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||04/16/2017|
R11 It always seemed like Lisa felt very entitled to pop stardom. Which was ironic as she had the weakest voice in the group.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||04/16/2017|
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..
|by Anonymous||reply 21||04/29/2017|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||04/29/2017|
Who the hell would think that racket of noise upon noise in OP's linked video is good stuff?
|by Anonymous||reply 23||04/29/2017|
[quote] 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.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||04/29/2017|
This is Story of a Heart, written by Abba.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||05/01/2017|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||07/18/2017|
Was that guy always called "Ian H Watkins", or is the "H" a recent addition to distinguish himself from the lostprophets paedo, Ian Watkins?
|by Anonymous||reply 27||07/18/2017|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||07/18/2017|
Their new song Neon Blue is out. H is totally looking his age, and they even gave Lee a line!
|by Anonymous||reply 30||08/19/2017|
They're currently in concert, supported by Vengaboys, Aqua, and Blue!
|by Anonymous||reply 31||12/05/2017|
Is Lee the straight one? If he is, it figures...
|by Anonymous||reply 32||12/05/2017|
Who is the fat gay blond?
|by Anonymous||reply 33||12/05/2017|
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:
|by Anonymous||reply 34||12/05/2017|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||12/06/2017|
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?
|by Anonymous||reply 36||12/06/2017|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||12/06/2017|
R36 I think Basshunter gave up singing a few years ago and produces now.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||12/06/2017|
R39 He also hit his 30s hard.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||12/06/2017|
Love Steps. Agree H was/is a little shit and got the face he deserved. Claire looks and sounds great. Lee is hot as fuck and is aging like a fine wine.
I'm surprised, though, that Scared of the Dark wasn't a bigger hit in the UK. It's one of their best songs.
I think they may have waited too long to finally give the reunion the big effort. They actually reunited a few years ago but you could tell they weren't really into it.
They just released a beautiful 6-disc set called Party on the Dancefloor of their recent tour.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||07/19/2018|
Wow, great pick, thanks!
(When I read this thread's title, I thought it'd be about Tre45onous Tramp's literal downfall since he's apparently afraid of steps...)
|by Anonymous||reply 43||07/19/2018|
Of course the hot brunet is straight while the dumpy doughy blond is gay....
|by Anonymous||reply 44||07/19/2018|
R42 My vague recollection is that it was revealed that H had been sleeping with the band's manager the entire time behind the other members' back -- didn't go over well.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||07/19/2018|
I saw them in concert in London last week and they were so much fun. (I'm American, btw)… but why does the gay one have to be my least favorite member? :-/
|by Anonymous||reply 46||07/20/2018|
No-one liked H. Even when he was young.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||07/20/2018|
H was kinda cute… 20 years ago…
R45, yeah, H tried to pull a Diane Ross and hog the limelight by sleeping with their manager.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||07/29/2018|
H and Claire teamed up as a duo after the group split. What a dumb decision.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||07/29/2018|
OP, why not just turn on a light?
|by Anonymous||reply 50||07/29/2018|
R9 how grim is that. Is the director a rich cunt?
|by Anonymous||reply 51||07/29/2018|
I have never heard of them but I live for this kind of pop. Buying the new album tomorrow. Any other British or European groups in the same style? I’m still listening to Charlotte Peretti after discovering her on DL.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||07/29/2018|
I might enjoy it drunk in skanky disco. British schlager music.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||07/29/2018|
R49, they prolly thought they were the main attractions and figured they'd be able to make more money by only splitting it in half instead of five ways.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||07/30/2018|
H and Claire's song DJ was okay. Her bits were the best of course.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||07/30/2018|
Lisa Scott-Lee was beyond tragic. Anyone remembers that reality show which was supposed to be the lead-up to launching a hit single and a successful solo career, only to flop massively? Oh, I stand corrected - it was a Top 10 hit in South Africa!
|by Anonymous||reply 56||07/30/2018|
I didn't think Lisa's song was that bad. But I did enjoy her discomfort at promising to quite music if it didn't go top 10 and then not getting top 10, which was really fucking funny.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||07/30/2018|
H & Claire recorded another post-ABBA Benny & Bjorn song, "Another You, Another Me." It's a beautiful song but Claire's screeching in the choruses is painful and it doesn't really work as a duet.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||07/30/2018|
H and Claire seem a little bit more humble now. But post-breakup they seemed like such assholes. And Claire's weight went up (way up) and down. The group seems like they are in a better place now.
Scared of the Dark, Dancing with a Broken Heart, Story of a Heart and Neon Blue are all great singles and better than anything on that shitfest Light up the World.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||07/30/2018|
These guys are so much better than the Spice Girls… I mean, come on!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 60||08/03/2018|
Claire's releasing a solo single, with an album later in the year.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||08/05/2018|
"5,6,7,8" was wildly popular when I visited London in the summer of 1998. You couldn't walk into a gay bar or club without hearing it. I learned all the words and dance moves, because it was such a fun song. (Thanks for posting the link to it, R6.)
And understand one thing: I'm usually not like that.
I was actually surprised on my return to the US to discover that no one had heard of either Steps or their catchy tune. A couple of years later I was at a casual party given by a gay friend who lives in my neighborhood in Santa Barbara. There was recorded music in the background. All of a sudden I heard the fiddle introduction, followed by, "It's time to begin, now count it in…" and I leapt—LEAPT, I tell you—to my feet, began the line dance (by myself) and sang all the lyrics. (I know. "MARY!," right?)
Understand one other thing: at the time, I was in my mid-40s, and I was the youngest person at the party.
I never told anyone in attendance how or why I happened to be so familiar with such an obscure song from outside the US that no one here has seemingly heard of. Sometimes it's nice to just keep people confused.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||08/05/2018|
I want to thank you OP for this thread. I’ve never heard of them but I’m obsessed now. Just bought the new album. Very fun dance music that I’ve been looking for.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||08/05/2018|
Great story r62. I've always been fascinated by the "divide" in music between the U.K. and the U.S. Something like Chain Reaction by Diana Ross was huge in the U.K. but a flop in the States. Jennifer Rush's The Power of Love was a number one smash in the U.K. but Laura Branigan and Celine Dion's versions did better in the States.
Then the groups: Steps, S Club 7, Girls Aloud, Blue, Take That, Boyzone, Five, Five Star, etc. Some of them had a little success in the States; most of them had none.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||08/05/2018|
Steps did a cover of Chain Reaction.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||08/05/2018|
I love Steps, Girls Aloud and Sugababes. I'm kind of glad they weren't popular here but at the same time I wish I could have seen them live.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||08/05/2018|
It's a shame the regrouped Sugababes didn't take off.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||08/05/2018|
I saw Steps live in the US - they opened for Britney Spears on her first US tour at an amusement park in VA. They were brainless fun then and still are now.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||08/05/2018|
Steps' new live album is quite good. They do all their vocals live.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||08/05/2018|
They all sound great live and I love their whole presentation.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||08/06/2018|
Looks like a fun summer tour.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||08/06/2018|
Lisa's really starting to look middle aged.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||08/06/2018|
Give me Lee, naked, on a platter.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||08/06/2018|
Claire is a fat girl's name.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||08/06/2018|
Claire - fabulous voice. Here's Claire pre-Steps in short-lived girl group TSD.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||08/06/2018|
I tried to convince my ex to see Steps with me last year and very nearly managed to when I told him Vengaboys were the supporting act but he still ended up refusing.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||08/07/2018|
One of the classic moments of British television was Lisa Scott Lee being forced by MTV to either score a top 10 hit or quit pop forever as part of her reality show, culminating in a live special in which her chart placing was announced (number 13) while confetti rained down on her head.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||08/07/2018|
I saw them last month. Lee is so fit and trim… he looks very pretty as he does his little dance moves.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||08/07/2018|
Steps were originally planned to be based around Lisa and H - in fact, the original line up had three different members other than Lee, Faye and Claire. For whatever reason the producers decided to go in a different direction and held more auditions. Maybe that's where Lisa's sense of entitlement comes from. How humiliating it must have been when they found two other girls who could sing circles around her.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||08/07/2018|
I like Faye more than Claire.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||08/07/2018|
r83 Faye is underrated. I think her tone is slightly more appealing than Claire. I like Claire and like her voice, but sometimes her voice is too strong and lacks nuance.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||08/07/2018|
I agree, Faye has a great voice. She's also very pretty and has a lovely personality.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||08/08/2018|
Here's the full clip (@ 4:24) where a majority of MTV viewers vote for Lisa to drop out of the music business. This is sooo cringeworthy.
Poor Lisa though.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||08/12/2018|
@ 10:42, announcing that Lisa failed to make the Top 10.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||08/12/2018|