Intro to British Pop Music 101

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Welcome to class

I hope you are sitting down because you are about to get schooled. Welcome to Introduction to British Pop Music. During this course, I will teach you about lesser-known British pop groups that you probably have heard of but don’t know that much about. Some will be well-known. Either way, it will be a good time. It’s also be known, that some of them aren’t “fully” British but from the UK. Either way, they are important to British Pop.   Also, this isn’t a full bio on these bands or all the bands here. Let’s begin, and make sure to take notes. There will be the comprehensive final over all of this. (There’s a cheat sheet in the Power Pop Playlist).

Duran Duran

Considered one of the top British bands of the 80s, Duran Duran gave the world extremely catchy pop music. I guess you could say that they were one of the leader in the British Pop movement that would take over the 1990s. Without them, we might not have the rest of the artist in this course.

Spice Girls

Everyone knows about the power that the Spice Girls had in the late 90s. They were the British band to be. They influenced so many girl groups with their form of girl power. To put it into perspective for newer fans, they were the One Direction of their time. They even had a campy crappy movie “Spice World.” It’s a classic that everyone should see. It’s a treasure….one that makes you lose brain cells.

Westlife

Considered to one of the top boy bands in the UK, Westlife was a juggernaut. They came when the Spice Girls were starting to fizz and there wasn’t any Ginger in their life. Almost all of their single were in the top five of the charts in the UK. There only hit in the US was “Swear it Again.”

Five

This is probably one of the lesser knowns of the bands on here but you do know them. Five’s song “Slam Dunk (Da Funk)” was featured in the greatest Disney Channel Original Movie ever “Smart House.” This actually helped them because their first two albums charted here in the states. They didn’t do very well, but they charted. So “yay for them” I suppose.

S Club 7

Probably the second most popular British band from the 90s. S Club 7 was a powerhouse and came very close to being in the same league as the Spice Girls. They had a hit television show that played all the time. It also happened to be 30-minute music videos for their albums.

Steps

The second biggest band to come out in the 90s. Steps were a machine of hits that followed a formula that works still to this day. They only have one single and one album chart in the States, but they were everywhere in the UK. You know you made in the States when you are on a Radio Disney compilation album and have a small concert on Disney Channel.

BBMak

“Back Here” was the biggest hit that BBMak had in both the US and the UK. It placed higher on the US charts than on the UK charts. Actually, they were more of a hit here than in the UK.  Both albums charted her and four of their singles placed in the top 50. They probably would have been a bigger hit if they didn’t break up after two albums. Oh, They also were on Disney’s “Even Stevens.”

Sugababes

Okay, so more than likely you never heard of them but you have at least heard of their song. Sugababes was the original singer of Miranda Cosgrove’s hit single “About You Now.” I know what you are thinking, mind blown. This was one of their biggest hits in the UK. It was only one of the few songs that reached number one. They had plenty of songs that made in the top 100.

Atomic Kitten

The rebirth of catchy girl pop took form with Atomic Kitten. All three of their albums were in the top five of the charts. Most of their singles were in the top 20. Now, you’re probably wondering where you have heard them. Their cover is “The Tide is High” was heavily played throughout the early to mid-2000s. It was featured in “The Lizzie McGuire Movie.” So it seems like Disney is the breeding group for British pop.

The Wanted

While they weren’t as well-known as One Direction, The Wanted were a big hit. All three of the albums were top 10 hits in the UK. Their song “Glad You Came” was what made them a hit over here in the States. Their music was more of a hit than in their home country than in the US.

One Direction

Probably the best known out of the new wave of British Pop in the 2010s, One Direction is what every act wants. They were the top act across the world with their records killing the charts. Tours sold out venues everywhere. They were just top dogs. They spawned so many items with their faces on it, it’s really unreal. They literally created an empire. It’s rather funny when you think they all started on the UK’s version of “The X Factor” as solo artists.

Little Mix

The newest British pop sensation to arrive on the scene, Little Mix stole America’s heart with “Black Magic.” All four of their albums have charted in the top 50 in the States and they are well on their way to become the next breakout hit. Also, you don’t want to tick them off. They look like they could beat you up.

 

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#FeaturedFriday: S Club 7

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Last week, I was informed of something that was so shocking and upsetting that this blog post will make you question your faith in humanity. It was covered in the podcast last week, but there are people in this world that hate/don’t like the music of S Club 7. I know right?

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE FIRST EDITION OF PODCAST

Because of this, I will be taking all the haters to school about the glorious of S Club 7! They are this weeks #FeaturedFriday. S Club 7 is a British pop group of the late 90s to early 00s. They were in the height of european pop invasion. They had a television that showcased their music. It was pretty much the Hannah Montana before it was Hannah Montana. It lasted for 4 seasons and was the best thing on ABC Family, then known as Fox Family. S Club 7 is the best kind of music from the 90s. Take a listen to the playlist below and let me know what you think 🙂

 

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Ain’t no party like an S Club Party

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After a long ass hiatus and mini reunions, the Pop Projects favourite pop group is back! S Club 7 reunited on Friday, November 14. The group was even the original 7 piece that first busted onto the scene in 1998. While the performance had us freaking out like a bunch of 7 year olds, the performance was a pocketful of ehhh.

Now the performance was horribly bad but rather just not up to par. Tina wasn’t doing her thing, Jon wasn’t looking for romance, Paul was getting down on the floor…kinda, Hannah wasn’t screaming out for more,  We wanted to see Bradley swing (didn’t happen), We saw Rachel do her thing..and kinda, and then we had Jo, she didn’t have the flow and but had the majority of the lead vocals.

The major problem I had with this performance is that it seemed that like they didn’t rehearse it at all. I get that nerves may have been at play but this isn’t their first rodeo with reunions. While they weren’t this big, the majority of them have been apart of the S Club 3 reunions in the past. The nostalgia was there and pretty much made this performance something that dreams are made of (hey now, hey now).

It also didn’t help that when Steps performed on the same programme a few years back, they did an amazing job (even with them cutting down their dance moves). Now hopefully when they go on tour, it will be better but time will only tell.

Here’s the performance for yourself to view and enjoy:

Did you enjoy this performance? Let us know in the comments below?