Peter Kay and Sian Gibson in Car Share
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The compilation has a starring function in Peter Kay’s Automobile Share, which returned final week

Who needs 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 high chart hits!”) supplied 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.

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Crafty eBay sellers added “Automobile Share” to their descriptions and bumped up the value

Within the present, grocery store worker Kayleigh Kitson (Sian Gibson) pronounces 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 traditional, 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 Ladies).

Music from the 2001 compilation permeated the primary episode of the present’s second collection, 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

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Will love blossom for John and Kayleigh?

On the finish of the primary collection of Automobile Share, Kayleigh strikes home, that means her carry to work (and burgeoning romance) with John is not crucial.

She offers him a replica of Now 48 as a parting reward. “I’ve acquired two copies,” she explains, “our Kieran used to fiddle Britannia*”.

Inside is a observe studying: “Observe two is from me to you, you are a star. Love all the time, Kayleigh.”

Collection one ended and collection two started with that tune – Pure and Easy – which brings a tear to John’s eye.

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Hear’Say have been pretty short-lived, calling it a day lower than two years after forming

Famously, the tune 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 collection 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 dwell viewers, because the present (like a variety of the early actuality exhibits) introduced itself extra as a documentary than a contest.

The only 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, normally 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

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It wasn’t me – sincere

The highest-selling single of 2001, beating even Kylie Minogue’s almighty Cannot Get You Out Of My Head, this was Mr Boombastic’s largest hit.

Impressed by certainly one of Eddie Murphy’s classic stand-up routines, it finds Shaggy consoling RikRok, who’s been caught dishonest on his girlfriend with the lady subsequent door.

Irrespective of how damning the proof, his recommendation is to disclaim every thing. “She noticed me kissin’ on the couch (it wasn’t me) / She even caught me on digital camera (it wasn’t me).”

Nevertheless, whereas writing the tune, Shaggy frightened 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 although 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 flawed.’ And that is how we win the women again.”

Martine McCutcheon – On The Radio

A high-energy cowl of Donna Summer time’s disco traditional, this was former EastEnders’ star Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting’s ultimate 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 try to persuade us she’s a pop star and never only a useless barmaid.”

U2 – Caught In A Second You Cannot Get Out Of

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Bono stated he did not wish to write a soppy tune about his good friend

One in every of U2’s most underrated singles, Caught In A Second was written in response to the loss of life of INXS singer Michael Hutchence in 1997.

The star had been a detailed good friend and someday rival to Bono, and they might spend summers collectively in France earlier than Hutchence took his personal life, shortly earlier than INXS’s 20th anniversary tour of Australia.

The tune is “a row between mates,” Bono informed Rolling Stone in 2005.

“You are kinda attempting to wake them up out of an concept. In my case it is a row I did not have whereas he was alive. I really feel the most important respect I may pay to him was to not write some silly soppy tune, so I wrote a extremely powerful, nasty little quantity, slapping him across the head.

“And I am sorry, however that is the way it got here out of me.”

Bob The Builder – Can We Repair It?

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Can Bob conquer the charts? Sure he can!

The 2000 Christmas primary, that is one way or the other the 140th best-selling single ever within the UK.

Fragma that includes Maria Rubia – Everytime You Want Me

The great thing about revisiting the Now albums is that they obliterate pop’s routine revisionism.

Fragma’s dance hit could have spent 5 weeks within the high 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 group radio station TCR FM).

However do not feel too sorry for them: This can be a fairly flimsy affair, from the generic trance beat to the throwaway lyrics – “You already know I shall be there / You already know I actually care.”

The truth is, 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

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Coldplay’s monitor is brief and candy at simply over two minutes

Coldplay’s third look on a Now… compilation (after Bother and Yellow) is one thing of a rarity for the collection: 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 monitor of their debut album, Parachutes.

At simply 2 min 17 secs, it is likely 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 “Tough” Stewart – who went on to create Rihanna’s Umbrella, Beyonce’s Single Women and Justin Bieber’s Child.

Eva Cassidy – Someplace Over The Rainbow

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Sir Terry championed Eva Cassidy, who struck a chord together with her delicate vocals

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”, stated 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 concerning the American singer; gross sales took off at an unimaginable pace.

Cassidy’s startlingly intimate interpretation of Over The Rainbow has lengthy since grow to be the usual.

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