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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Pete Waterman On Steps, From A 2005 Interview I Did

Steps fan site Generation Steps posted this new pic of the group in the studio while recently recording their cover of "Dancing Queen" for The Ultimate Collection (out October 10).

Anyway, after watching the first episode of Steps Reunion (I replaced that link — go watch!), I got to thinking about an interview I did with producer Pete Waterman back in August 2005 —nearly four years after Steps split — for another publication, where he talked about the various artists he's worked with over the years.

Below is what Pete had to say about the band. These quotes never got used anywhere, so this is the first time they're seeing the light of day outside of a binder on my bookshelf:


ROBBIE: There were a several copycat bands that followed Steps, which would seem to be a testament to their success.
PETE WATERMAN: Oh, it's interesting — you see, Steps are my biggest ever band, and a lot of people don't realize that. We sold more records with Steps than we did on Rick [Astley] and Kylie [Minogue]. They did 20 nights at Wembley, which, nobody's ever done 20 nights at Wembley. This band probably grossed £200 million. They cost me £500! 

Do you think they called it quits too soon?
PW: Too quick. There was a conflict, I guess, between the manager [Tim Byrne] and the male lead singer [H] and the female lead singer [Claire], 'cause he wanted them to be solo acts. 

Which they tried as a duo, but it didn't work.
PW: Yeah. But, you know, it's easy to look back in hindsight. He thought he'd got the winning ticket. And he went to the lottery thinking he'd got the winning ticket, and realized he actually hadn't paid his fees. He had the winning number, but nobody put the balls in, 'cause they hadn't got the money.


Well, speaking of hindsight, I guess I wish I would have spoken to him more about Steps when I had him on the phone. But as we can tell, the moral of the story seems to be this: "balls".

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  • At 11:12 AM, Blogger Diva Incarnate said…

    I love that Lisa is wearing full make-up at all times now - she's been waiting, crying and waiting for ten years for this. Claire looks like she's been up all night dreaming of marsh mallows.

    I really need to get their albums as I've been quite into their comeback of late.

  • At 11:41 AM, Blogger Joshua said…

    This whole Steps revival thing is seriously a dream come true. I sincerely wish, dream, hope and pray that B*Witched will be next!!!!!

  • At 11:51 AM, Blogger Patrick said…

    Glad I caught the first episode before it was yanked. I've come to like Faye more now and I'm starting to get the impression that Lisa needs a therapist.

    H is still is smug asshole.

  • At 8:12 AM, Blogger Cara_200127608 said…

    No matter what the reunion show says (or doesn't say) it really seems like it was a case of Tim Byrne thinking they could do without the other three and make a success of H & Claire. As it turned out, there was and is only success when there is all five of them.

    Watching the reunion show, something inside me thinks that the other three wouldn't have been so quick to forgive and move on if it weren't for the awareness that a reunion wasn't possible unless all five agreed to it...

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