Following the news that All Saints are on the comeback trail; the girl group are set to release a brand NEW album, “Red Flag” next month and have announced a string of UK Tour dates. Gutter HQ takes a look back at when the 90s combat-clad, girl group consisting of Shaznay Lewis, Melanie Blatt and Appleton sisters, Nicole and Natalie, ruled the charts and gave the Spice Girls a run for their money . . .
6. Rock Steady
This 2006 track was a comeback single for All Saints; the band had parted ways in 2001 following a dispute over a jacket (according to Lewis). The accompanying video for “Rock Steady” saw the girls act as professional bank robbers. The single peaked at #3 in The UK Singles Chart.
5. Black Coffee
“Black Coffee” was the second single to be taken from All Saints second LP, “Saints & Sinners”. Originally titled, “I Wouldn’t Wanna Be”, the track reached the top spot in The UK in October 2000 and saw the girl band graduate to a more sophisticated R&B.electro-pop sound from their debut album.
4. Under The Bridge
The third single to be taken from All Saints self-titled, debut LP was their spin on Red Hot Chili Peppers song, “Under The Bridge”; frontman, Anthony Kiedis wrote the track about narcotics and the impact they had had on his life. The All Saints version was a double A-Side alongside their take on “Lady Marmalade” (originally by LaBelle) and scored them their second number one single in The UK.
3. Bootie Call
Released in August 1998, “Bootie Call” was lifted from All Saints debut offering, and co-written by Lewis. A sexy slice of R&B-infused pop scored the group a number one single here in The UK as well as achieving chart success across Europe, in Belgium, Sweden and Ireland, particularly.
2. Pure Shores
The first single to be taken for their second LP, “Saints & Sinners”, “Pure Shores” was released in February 2000 and featured on “The Beach” soundtrack; a fantasy drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Danny Boyle. The single was written by Lewis and produced by William Orbit; it was All Saints fourth number one single.
1. Never Ever
All Saints breakthrough single, and arguably their finest musical moment, went to number one here in The UK in November 1997. Their most successful single to date deals with the pain and confusion of a sudden break-up and picked up two Brit Awards in 1998 for “Best British Single” and “Best British Video”.
“Red Flag” is out on Friday 8th April 2016
All Saints will be at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Friday 7th October 2016