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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Wet Wet Wet Make A Surprise Comeback, While Sarah Cracknell Just Misses The Top 10

Argh! Poor Sarah Cracknell. It seems as if she's destined to have always just missed having a Top 10 hit. Fifteen years ago this month, Saint Etienne's grand "You're In A Bad Way," peaked at #12 in the U.K., while 10 years ago their "Sylvie" matched that same position. Sarah and the band's highest-charting British single came with 1995's "He's On The Phone," at #11. And this week, her and Mark Brown's "The Journey Continues" jumps from #24 to #11 following its CD release.

Oh, well. It's still a bonza jam, and #11 is probably higher than any one involved initially thought it would get to. UPDATE: Sorry, folks. I realized about an hour after typing this up that Sarah and Saint Etienne did enjoy a #7 hit with Paul Van Dyk and "The Riddle" in 2000, which even I pointed out two months ago.

There's are certain inevitabilities you can expect every decade, and one of them is the pop comeback. To be sure, we've had plenty lately: Take That, Robyn, Spice Girls and, if rumors are to be believed, New Kids On The Block at some point. But Wet Wet Wet? Nearly 11 years since their last big hit, "Yesterday," the aging Scottish geezers slide onto the singles chart at #10 with "Weightless."

Wet Wet Wet initially had a nice 10-year run from the late '80s to late '90s, wherein they racked up two dozen chart hits and singer Marti Pellow did some grade A heroin. And surely no pop fan of a certain age can forget the five bazillion weeks they spent at #1 back in '94 with their cover of "Love Is All Around."

Anyway, "Weightless," the second single off Wet Wet Wet's Timeless album, is a pleasant enough ballad, if maybe a bit, uh, late '80s- or '90s-sounding. That said, it also sounds a tad Robbie Williams:

Elsewhere, The Feeling return with "I Thought It Was Over" at #12, Morrissey pops in at #14 with "That's How People Grow Up," off his umpteenth greatest hits package, and Goldfrapp are at #18 with "A&E" after digital-only sales were tallied up. (The CD single is out tomorrow.) Kylie Minogue's "Wow" is hovering at #20, still a bit ahead of its official single release date.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Now You're Gone" - Basshunter *5 weeks*
2. "Rockstar" - Nickelback
3. "Chasing Pavements" - Adele
4. "Don't Stop The Music" - Rihanna
5. "Sun Goes Down" - David Jordan
6. "Work" - Kelly Rowland
7. "Ready For The Floor" - Hot Chip
8. "Piece Of Me" - Britney Spears
9. "Superstar" - Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos
10. "Weightless" - Wet Wet Wet *new*

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  • At 5:40 PM, Blogger Mike said…

    I really like that Sarah Cracknell song. Hopefully it can slide up a spot next week - it's vastly superior to anything in this pathetic excuse for a top 10!

  • At 7:55 PM, Blogger John said…

    Interesting top 10. The Adele CD just continues to grow on me, and I actually like the Kelly Rowland track. But Nickelback...England, we expect more of you. At least when the Brits come up with crap, it's THEIR crap. They don't need to import North American Crap.

  • At 1:41 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    Words fail me regarding Nickelback, oh my.

    I don't think i have heard the Basshunter song or Wet Wet Wet yet. Clearly I am not down with the kids!

    Though DavidJordan has zoomed into the top five and Kylie is still top twenty with Wow so it's all looking good. And the vastly underpromoting Feeling debut at 12 on downloads with ITIWO so at least, for now, their career continues. Hurrah!

  • At 11:46 AM, Blogger xolondon said…

    How the fook did that Moz single chart over Goldfrapp and Kylie?! It is shit.


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