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

Who needs a replica of a 16-year-old compilation album? Various 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 Automotive 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 “Automotive Share” to their descriptions and bumped up the value

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

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

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Will love blossom for John and Kayleigh?

On the finish of the primary sequence of Automotive Share, Kayleigh strikes home, that means her raise to work (and burgeoning romance) with John is not mandatory.

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

Inside is a word 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 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 sequence in late 2000.

To look at 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 loads of the early actuality reveals) offered 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.

Guess you’ll be able to nonetheless sing it, thoughts.

*Be aware to youthful readers: The Britannia Music Membership was an organization that used to ship CDs by the put up, often providing an unbeatable introductory provide (“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 – trustworthy

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 one in every 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.

Regardless of how damning the proof, his recommendation is to disclaim the whole lot. “She noticed me kissin’ on the couch (it wasn’t me) / She even caught me on digicam (it wasn’t me).”

Nevertheless, whereas writing the tune, Shaggy apprehensive about alienating his feminine fanbase.

“It was like, ‘okay however this would possibly 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 induced.’

“So though I am taking part in the dangerous man, on the finish of it he [RikRok] is saying, ‘I am not taking your recommendation. Every little thing 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 time’s disco basic, this was former EastEnders’ star Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting’s last 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 lifeless barmaid.”

U2 – Caught In A Second You Cannot Get Out Of

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Bono stated he did not need to write a soppy tune about his pal

One among 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 pal 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 tune is “a row between mates,” Bono advised 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 very 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 might have spent 5 weeks within the high 10 in early 2001, but it surely’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: This can be a fairly flimsy affair, from the generic trance beat to the throwaway lyrics – “You realize I will probably be there / You realize I actually care.”

In truth, Now 48 has greater than its justifiable share 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 observe is brief and candy at simply over two minutes

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 among the shortest songs ever to characteristic 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 Girls and Justin Bieber’s Child.

Eva Cassidy – Someplace Over The Rainbow

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Sir Terry championed Eva Cassidy, who struck a chord along 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, telephone calls and faxes flooded in”, stated his producer Paul Walters. Subsequent performs introduced the identical response: folks advised 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 velocity.

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

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