Who desires a replica of a 16-year-old compilation album? Numerous us, it appears.
Gross sales of Now That is What I Name Music 48 surged final week, after the double CD (“that includes 41 prime chart hits!”) offered the soundtrack to the BBC sitcom Peter Kay’s Automobile Share.
It even entered Amazon’s compilation chart, regardless of being out of print, on the power of second-hand gross sales.
Costs shot up too, rising from as little as 11p to greater than £20.
Within the present, grocery store worker Kayleigh Kitson (Sian Gibson) declares it is her favorite album, a lot to the horror of her curmudgeonly carshare companion John Redmond (Kay).
He prefers Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours: a basic, little question, however one which lacks Now 48’s spectacular roster of six primary hits (to not point out two solo singles by former members of the Spice Women).
Music from the 2001 compilation permeated the primary episode of the present’s second sequence, prompting that unlikely curiosity in hand-me-down copies.
Forward of the published of episode two on Tuesday, we check out a few of Now 48’s extra attention-grabbing moments.
Hear’Say – Pure And Easy
On the finish of the primary sequence of Automobile Share, Kayleigh strikes home, which means her carry to work (and burgeoning romance) with John is not needed.
She provides him a replica of Now 48 as a parting reward. “I’ve bought two copies,” she explains, “our Kieran used to fiddle Britannia*”.
Inside is a be aware studying: “Observe two is from me to you, you are a star. Love at all times, Kayleigh.”
Sequence one ended and sequence two started with that music – Pure and Easy – which brings a tear to John’s eye.
Famously, the music was the UK’s first ever expertise present primary, emanating from the awkwardly-punctuated Hear’Say, who have been cobbled collectively by ITV’s Pop Stars sequence in late 2000.
To observe the present now, it is unbelievably clunky, with not one of the sheen and polish of X Issue or The Voice. There is not even a stay viewers, because the present (like numerous the early actuality reveals) introduced itself extra as a documentary than a contest.
The one is equally laborious, borrowing closely from All Saints’ By no means Ever, and displaying not one of the cartoonish vitality you’d affiliate with co-writer Alison Clarkson – aka Betty Boo.
Wager you possibly can nonetheless sing it, thoughts.
*Observe to youthful readers: The Britannia Music Membership was an organization that used to ship CDs by the submit, often providing an unbeatable introductory supply (“get six CDs for a pound”) earlier than fleecing you dry for the remainder of your subscription interval. Everybody who joined inevitably ended up with a replica of Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell, whether or not they wished it or not.
Shaggy ft RikRok – It Wasn’t Me
The highest-selling single of 2001, beating even Kylie Minogue’s almighty Cannot Get You Out Of My Head, this was Mr Boombastic’s greatest hit.
Impressed by considered one of Eddie Murphy’s classic stand-up routines, it finds Shaggy consoling RikRok, who’s been caught dishonest on his girlfriend with the woman subsequent door.
Irrespective of how damning the proof, his recommendation is to disclaim every part. “She noticed me kissin’ on the couch (it wasn’t me) / She even caught me on digital camera (it wasn’t me).”
Nonetheless, whereas writing the music, Shaggy apprehensive about alienating his feminine fanbase.
“It was like, ‘okay however this may offend lots of people, we’re speaking about infidelity and making enjoyable of it,'” he told NBC. “So we got here up with a disclaimer on the finish that claims, ‘I am gonna inform her that I am sorry for the ache that I precipitated.’
“So regardless that I am enjoying the dangerous man, on the finish of it he [RikRok] is saying, ‘I am not taking your recommendation. All the things about it’s incorrect.’ And that is how we win the women again.”
Martine McCutcheon – On The Radio
A high-energy cowl of Donna Summer season’s disco basic, this was former EastEnders’ star Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting’s remaining chart hit within the UK.
It is fairly inoffensive stuff, however that did not cease the NME giving it zero stars and carping that, “Martine McCutcheon continues to attempt to persuade us she’s a pop star and never only a lifeless barmaid.”
U2 – Caught In A Second You Cannot Get Out Of
Considered one of U2’s most underrated singles, Caught In A Second was written in response to the demise of INXS singer Michael Hutchence in 1997.
The star had been a detailed good friend and someday rival to Bono, and they’d spend summers collectively in France earlier than Hutchence took his personal life, shortly earlier than INXS’s 20th anniversary tour of Australia.
The music is “a row between mates,” Bono informed Rolling Stone in 2005.
“You are kinda making an attempt to wake them up out of an thought. In my case it is a row I did not have whereas he was alive. I really feel the most important respect I might pay to him was to not write some silly soppy music, so I wrote a extremely robust, nasty little quantity, slapping him across the head.
“And I am sorry, however that is the way it got here out of me.”
- Watch Peter Kay’s Automobile Share on the BBC iPlayer
- Take heed to Peter Kay’s playlist on BBC Music
- See the total Now 48 tracklist on the official Now site
Bob The Builder – Can We Repair It?
The 2000 Christmas primary, that is someway the 140th best-selling single ever within the UK.
Fragma that includes Maria Rubia – Everytime You Want Me
The fantastic thing about revisiting the Now albums is that they obliterate pop’s routine revisionism.
Fragma’s dance hit might have spent 5 weeks within the prime 10 in early 2001, however it’s all been erased from historical past (it was performed as soon as on UK radio final month, by Tamworth’s neighborhood radio station TCR FM).
However do not feel too sorry for them: It is a fairly flimsy affair, from the generic trance beat to the throwaway lyrics – “You already know I might be there / You already know I actually care.”
Actually, Now 48 has greater than its fair proportion of forgettable also-rans. Bonus factors to anybody who can hum Kaci’s Paradise, or Joe’s Stutter.
Coldplay – Do not Panic
Coldplay’s third look on a Now… compilation (after Hassle and Yellow) is one thing of a rarity for the sequence: as Do not Panic by no means formally charted within the UK.
One of many band’s earliest songs, it was carried out at their first ever gig, and was included on their Blue Room EP earlier than being re-written and re-recorded because the opening observe of their debut album, Parachutes.
At simply 2 min 17 secs, it is without doubt one of the shortest songs ever to function on a Now album. Oasis’s Songbird is shorter, although, clocking in at 2 min 04 secs.
Mya – Case of the Ex
A slinky R&B quantity that is notable as the primary UK chart look of writer-producer Christopher “Difficult” Stewart – who went on to create Rihanna’s Umbrella, Beyonce’s Single Women and Justin Bieber’s Child.
Eva Cassidy – Someplace Over The Rainbow
Virtually unknown when she died of pores and skin most cancers in 1996, singer Eva Cassidy posthumously took the charts by storm with this fragile, haunting cowl of Someplace Over The Rainbow.
Recorded years earlier, it was ignored upon its launch – till Terry Wogan heard it, and instantly performed it on Wake Up To Wogan, his Radio 2 breakfast present.
“The e-mails, cellphone calls and faxes flooded in”, mentioned his producer Paul Walters. Subsequent performs introduced the identical response: individuals informed how they needed to cease their automobiles as a result of they have been in tears.
When Top of the Pops 2 aired a 1992 video of Cassidy singing the song in December 2000, the BBC switchboard was inundated with requests from viewers inquiring in regards to the American singer; gross sales took off at an unimaginable pace.
Cassidy’s startlingly intimate interpretation of Over The Rainbow has lengthy since change into the usual.