S Club’s debut single Bring It All Back was released 15 years ago and it went straight to Number one. That doesn’t me feel old at all…
It’s 15 years since seven bright young things brought a little sunshine into our lives with their first ever hit, beating the mighty Madonna to Number 1.
If you want to beat anybody to the top spot when you’re a brand new artist, it might as well be one of the biggest stars in the world. And fifteen years ago this week, S Club 7 got a pretty impressive start to their career when they trounced all the competition to take debut single Bring It All Back to Number 1, leaving Madonna in the shade.
Formed by Spice Girls impresario and future Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller, S Club 7 were – yes, you’ve guessed it – seven shiny happy young stars sending out positive vibes and capturing the imaginations of young pop fans.
The group, made up of Jo O’Meara, Rachel Stevens, Hannah Spearritt, Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Bradley McIntosh and Jon Lee, launched a double assault on the media. Not only were they wannabe popstars, they had a TV show of their very own too. Add that to some accessible dance moves, a catchy singalong chorus and their path to Number 1 was super-smooth. The dancing in the video is brilliant, too.
In its first week on sale, Bring It All Back shifted an impressive 190,000 copies. Their nearest rival, Madonna’s Beautiful Stranger – which had the added helper of being on the soundtrack to the second Austin Powers movie – still sold 135,000 that week. But glory belonged to the S Clubbers.
Since its release, Bring It All Back has sold over 660,000 copies and is S Club’s second bestselling single – 2001’s Don’t Stop Movin’ is first, with over 790,000 copies sold.
Bring It All Back was the first of 11 consecutive Top 10 hits for the band, including four Number 1s – Never Had A Dream Come True (2000), Don’t Stop Movin’ and Have You Ever (both 2001) were their other chart-toppers.
Seven became six in 2002 when Paul Cattermole decided it was time to move on. The band carried on for another album, and their first feature film, as S Club before calling it a day in 2003.
Rachel Stevens went on to score some chart success of her very own, managing seven Top 40 hits. Jo O’Meara also had a solo Top 40 hit, 2005’s What Hurts The Most.
There have been rumours of a full reunion for many years, with various members performing together in different combinations, but as yet, the band have yet to make a total return.