In Memoriam: Pop!
Poor Pop! They hardly sounded original - following in a long line of Steps knock-offs (Scooch, Fast Food Rockers, etc.) - and barely stood a chance. Their second single, "Can't Say Goodbye" didn't do much to set them apart from their predecessors, either, and in fact charted even lower (UK #26, October 2004). It's a wonder they got a 3rd single release.
Pop! recorded a cover of "Xanadu" under the pseudonym Northern Dance Society, which did the rounds in the clubs this past winter (you can download their version here). The song (with re-recorded vocals by Lauren Waterworth) was set to get a single release this past July, but was pulled at the last minute. There was even a video made to accompany the single, with a gaggle of buxom models in various states of undress.
Listen to a clip here.
At any rate, in retrospect, Pop!, though short-lived, put out 3 tunes worth checking out. "Can't Say Goodbye" is actually available for download from the U.S. iTunes store, along with remixes and b-side "Precious."
Their official website is still up and running.