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Which WWW song is your favourite?

Poll ended at Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:11 pm

Goodnight Girl
3
33%
Love Is All Around
6
67%
 
Total votes : 9

Postby Thriller » Mon May 21, 2018 7:58 pm

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Wet Wet Wet are a Scottish band formed in 1982. They scored a number of hits in the UK charts and around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. The band is composed of Graeme Clark (bass, vocals), Tommy Cunningham (drums, vocals), and Neil Mitchell (keyboards, vocals). Lead vocalist and founding member Marti Pellow quit the band in 2017. A fifth, unofficial member, Graeme Duffin (lead guitar, vocals), has been with them since 1983. The band were named Best British Newcomer at the 1988 Brit Awards.
32 songs will compete in this survivor, initially in groups of four; the top 2 from each group will progress to the final 16.

ROUND 1

Maybe I'm In Love
With A Little Help From My Friends
She's All On My Mind
More Than Love

RANK FROM 4-1; 4 IS YOUR FAVOURITE
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Postby matthew_dixon » Tue May 22, 2018 6:43 am

Phenomenal band! Two amazing songs in this batch already!

4 More Than Love
3 She's All On My Mind
2 Maybe I'm In Love
1 With A Little Help From My Friends
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Postby Thriller » Tue May 22, 2018 4:15 pm

4 She's All On My Mind
3 With A Little Help From My Friends
2 More Than Love
1 Maybe I'm In Love
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Postby navi » Tue May 22, 2018 8:04 pm

ROUND 1
RANK FROM 4-1; 4 IS YOUR FAVOURITE

4 With A Little Help From My Friends
3 More Than Love
2 She's All On My Mind
1 Maybe I'm In Love
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Postby Jerz » Wed May 23, 2018 4:34 am

4 With a Little Help from My Friends
3 More Than Love
2 She's All on My Mind
1 Maybe I'm in Love
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Postby Thriller » Wed May 23, 2018 7:31 pm



The quartet formed at Clydebank High School in Clydebank, Scotland, in 1982, under the name "Vortex Motion", mostly playing covers of The Clash and Magazine. "It was either crime, the dole, football, or music — and we chose music," said Tommy Cunningham. Clark and Cunningham met on the school bus and became close friends. Mutual friend Neil Mitchell, prompted by his pals' positive attitude, promised to supply keyboards when he could scrape together enough money from his paper round. To complete the quartet, Clark approached Mark McLachlan (Marti Pellow), who at the time was training to be a painter and decorator. He said, "At break we all went behind the kitchen for a fly smoke, and there in the corner was this quiet kid who said very little, but when he sang, everyone listened."
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31. She's All On My Mind
32. Maybe I'm In Love


ROUND 2

Sweet Little Mystery
Lip Service
Cold Cold Heart
Love Is All Around

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Postby navi » Wed May 23, 2018 8:39 pm

ROUND 2
RANK FROM 4-1; 4 IS YOUR FAVOURITE

4 Sweet Little Mystery
3 Love Is All Around
2 Lip Service
1 Cold Cold Heart
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Postby Jerz » Wed May 23, 2018 10:33 pm

4 Love Is All Around
3 Sweet Little Mystery
2 Lip Service
1 Cold Cold Heart
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Postby matthew_dixon » Thu May 24, 2018 6:45 am

Really strong batch here - including two of my all time favourites!

4 Lip Service
3 Love Is All Around
2 Sweet Little Mystery
1 Cold Cold Heart
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Postby trebor » Thu May 24, 2018 7:26 am

4 Love Is All Around
3 Sweet Little Mystery
2 Cold Cold Heart
1 Lip Service
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Postby Thriller » Fri May 25, 2018 5:42 pm

4 Sweet Little Mystery
3 Love Is All Around
2 Lip Service
1 Cold Cold Heart
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Postby Thriller » Fri May 25, 2018 5:49 pm



With the line-up complete, rehearsals took place in Graeme Clark's mother's kitchen. They rehearsed for about two years, working on song producing and writing skills. They eventually made their live debut at Glasgow's Nightmoves venue. At this gig they met Elliot Davis, who would become the band's manager. The band name Wet Wet Wet was chosen from a line in the 1982 Scritti Politti song "Gettin' Havin' & Holdin'" ("it's tired of joking... wet, wet with tears"), and McLachlan changed his name to stage name "Marti Pellow". Clark commented; "At the time it was Duran Duran, Talk Talk – double-barrelled names; we just added on another to confuse people. And we would look outside and see the rain coming down. It did seem quite relevant to Glasgow." Their first professional gig was a New Year's Eve show at Glasgow's Barrowland.
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29. Lip Service
30. Cold Cold Heart
31. She's All On My Mind
32. Maybe I'm In Love


ROUND 3

Broke Away
Yesterday
Make It Tonight
Shed A Tear

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Postby matthew_dixon » Fri May 25, 2018 10:00 pm

FAR weaker batch this one.

4. Make It Tonight
3. Shed A Tear
2. Yesterday
1. Broke Away
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Postby Thriller » Sun May 27, 2018 7:45 am

4 Shed A Tear
3 Yesterday
2 Make It Tonight
1 Broke Away
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Postby Jerz » Sun May 27, 2018 11:27 am

4 Make It Tonight
3 Shed a Tear
2 Yesterday
1 Broke Away
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Postby trebor » Sun May 27, 2018 6:40 pm

"One" minute, please. Listening
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Postby trebor » Sun May 27, 2018 6:51 pm

4 Make It Tonight
3 Shed A Tear
2 Yesterday
1 Broke Away
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Postby Thriller » Mon May 28, 2018 12:17 pm



David Bates signed the band to PolyGram in 1985. One of the first demo songs they did was "Wishing I Was Lucky". When the band took the demo to Bates in late 1986, he discarded it as a poor effort. The band decided at this point that they could no longer work with him. Six months later, the band and their new A&R Manager, Nick Angel, released the single, and it reached number six in the UK singles chart. "I was in a queue in a fish and chip shop in Glasgow when it came on Radio Clyde," Cunningham remembers. "I felt like shouting to everybody, 'That's me and my mates!' It was an incredible feeling I've not forgotten." The parent album, Popped In Souled Out, also became a hit and produced three more hit singles, namely "Sweet Little Mystery", "Temptation", and "Angel Eyes". They supported Lionel Richie on his UK tour.
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27. Yesterday
28. Broke Away
29. Lip Service
30. Cold Cold Heart
31. She's All On My Mind
32. Maybe I'm In Love


ROUND 4

Goodnight Girl
Temptation
Weightless
Blue For You (Live)

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Postby matthew_dixon » Mon May 28, 2018 12:59 pm

4 Goodnight Girl
3 Temptation
2 Weightless
1 Blue For You (Live)
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Postby trebor » Mon May 28, 2018 8:26 pm

4 Weightless
3 Temptation
2 Blue For You (Live)
1 Goodnight Girl
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Postby Jerz » Wed May 30, 2018 1:46 am

4 Goodnight Girl
3 Weightless
2 Blue for You (Live)
1 Temptation
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Postby Thriller » Wed May 30, 2018 4:20 pm

4 Goodnight Girl
3 Weightless
2 Temptation
1 Blue For You (Live)
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Postby Thriller » Wed May 30, 2018 4:25 pm



In 1988, Wet Wet Wet scored their first Number 1 hit with a cover version of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends", recorded for the charity ChildLine. Another Beatles song, "She's Leaving Home", was equally-billed on the flip side, performed by Billy Bragg. In the same year, an album - entitled The Memphis Sessions - was released from their spell in the United States prior to hitting the big time. The following year the band released their third album, Holding Back the River (a follow-up to Popped In Souled Out), which was also a success and produced the hit single "Sweet Surrender". The album was well-received, relying more on strings and other classical arrangements. At the end of 1989, the band appeared on the Band Aid II charity single.
Code: Select all
25. Temptation
26. Blue For You (Live)
27. Yesterday
28. Broke Away
29. Lip Service
30. Cold Cold Heart
31. She's All On My Mind
32. Maybe I'm In Love


ROUND 5

Julia Says
Don't Want To Forgive Me Now
Sweet Surrender
Step By Step

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Postby trebor » Wed May 30, 2018 5:59 pm

4 Sweet Surrender
3 Don't Want To Forgive Me Now
2 Step By Step
1 Julia Says
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Postby matthew_dixon » Thu May 31, 2018 12:18 pm

Wow Robert - last place for "Julia Says" as well as "Goodnight Girl"?!? IMO they're two of the top 3!

4 Julia Says
3 Don't Want To Forgive Me Now
2 Sweet Surrender
1 Step By Step
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