Saturday, October 15, 2011

Saturday Night Song #9

Tonights SNS is Thunder by East 17.



Ahh, East 17. I loved them. I loved Brian and Terry's funny gnome hats and the way their trousers looked like full nappies. I wasn't much of a Take That fan - I liked them, but I didn't get the whole fuss surrounding them - I remember the first book fair at school after their split, and in particular, two girls ripping pieces out of each other to get the last TT notebook and pencil set. I thought they were MENTAL. Thunder was my favourite East 17 song (well, maybe second favourite, after Steam, but I hadn't heard this in ages). This was released in 1995, the year I left Primary School. Sob.

I adored East 17. They were (to me, who was about 11 or 12) like the really cool bad-ass anti-Take That. Which is ironic, considering one of their biggest hits is a mushy love song that has appeared on every Christmas compilation CD. I haven't listened to Thunder in years, and as it's playing while I'm writing this, I find the lyrics SO cringey. "I called you on the phone, you said you're happy on your own" - jaysus.

East 17 split up and reformed a couple of times, some band members had - eh - "issues" (I'm looking at you, Brian), and to be honest I lost track of them. You can read what happened to East 17 at the very credible and always reliable (snort) Wikipedia page for the band HERE. There was word of a comeback - Brian was replaced with a new vocalist, but he left too. So will there be a new East 17 album? I don't know. Do we need one? I say go buy Around The World: The Journey So Far (which is actually still a pretty good Greatest Hits CD) and relive the tracks that made East 17 one of the most popular acts of the 90s. Now, someone bring me a copy of Smash Hits, a bottle of Cavan Cola, and a Desperate Dan bar. Pronto.

Enjoy your Saturday Night,

S xxx

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! I could never take East 17 seriously after that terribly cheesy Christmas video for Stay Another Day...!

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  2. It was desperate cheese, wasn't it!! Can't believe they are still going, (minus Brian), used to have this song on tape and play it over and over - cringe!!! x

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