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 40||12/06/2017|
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||04/15/2017|
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||04/15/2017|
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|