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Thursday, October 13, 2011

'Steps Reunion': Watch Episode 3

Here we are with Steps Reunion's third episode, and first let me say that I can not believe that The Ultimate Collection has been #1 on UK iTunes since Monday. Or that they're going on tour again. Or, really, that we're sitting here talking about Steps in the present tense, in 2011!

But that we are, so let's get down to business.

First off, a lot of people have been e-mailing and asking about the videos that I've been posting here. Just a note: you have to click the X to close the ad above the video player. And, yes, other ads pop up and start playing occasionally during the episode, but you can either close them or wait them out till they're done. (They usually don't last more than a minute or so.) Hey, at least we're getting to watch this trash! And a big thanks to Martin at Popsessed for posting these, too. Got a d'luvvly email from him earlier this week — a true Steps stan.

So, episode 1 of Steps Reunion was all about catching up with the band members since their split in December 2001, and episode 2 was them meeting up to air their grievances at the way things ended back then — and to repair burned bridges.

This time around we find the band signing up with their new manager, Steven Howard (who says he's worked with folks like Daft Punk, Billy Ocean and The Stone Roses — talk about eclectic!), and then heading into the studio to record their Ultimate Collection bonus track: a cover of ABBA's "Dancing Queen".

Steven really grills the band, asking them why they want to get back together. He says he wants to make sure they're 100% in it, and that their past dramas have been aired out. Once that's out of the way, Lee Latchford-Evans, Claire Richards and Lisa Scott-Lee head into the studio with producer Eliot Kennedy (Spice Girls' "Say You'll Be There", Take That's "Everything Changes").

At first it's suggested that Claire sing the first verse, but Lisa quickly shoots that down, and a comprise is made: Faye Tozer, who is heading into the studio later with H (they're both rehearsing for a play they're in), will do the opening of the song. Meanwhile, Lee is feeling dejected and not up to the task, since the vocals are in a pitch higher than he's comfortable with, and he's basically relegated once again to backup. "It's almost like stepping back into the booth and doing the low bits is stepping back into my old role and just fitting in that piece of the jigsaw - which is right for Steps," he says. "Doesn't mean it's right for me."

Really, Lee — just rip off your shirt, drop your pants and look in the mirror. (Like you did here!) See? All better. Eventually Faye and H show up, the song is recorded, and in a touching moment, we get to witness a first: the five members of Steps in the studio, recording a vocal track together for the very first time. Sniff! 

The episode closes with the five meeting up with "image consultant" Vernon, who makes H seem Jason Statham by comparison. He proceeds to criticize the band's old image by comparing — rather unfairly, I'd say — their outfits from the late '90s and early '00s with what he thinks is cool now. The band bristles at the wardrobe he suggests, but it all comes together.

Their first publicity image as a reunited pop act is shown to them on the set of their photo shoot, and they all get rather emotional. Even Vernon admits, "I'm welling up."

Rather hopefully, H says what we're all thinking: "This could really take its place in our future now." Double sniff!

What do you think of episode 3, fellow Steps stans?

* The Steps Banterview: You'll Be Sorry 

* Steps Reunion: Watch Episode 1
* Steps Reunion: Watch Episode 2
* Steps Reunion: Watch Episode 4  
* Watch Steps' Ultimate Tour Trailer 
* Steps Perform On This Morning
* Steps Announce Ultimate Tour (UK)
* Steps "Dancing Queen": Listen  



  • At 7:30 PM, Blogger Todd said…

    Bring on the haters!

    I love looking at your last.fm "recently played." It's been a Stepsfest all week.

  • At 7:34 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    LOL! I think I've played them more in the past two weeks than I did in the late '90s/early '00s, if that's even possible.

  • At 4:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    They all come across as insufferable douchebags. The epitome of joyless pop music.

  • At 8:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    good on ya girls, you managed to dress yourselves!

    love lee's side eye at the 37.45 mark...can't believe you didn't suggest people f/f right to that point, robbie!


  • At 7:42 AM, Blogger michael said…

    I'd shag Mark Topham.


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