Wet, Wet, Wet
- Jul 14 , 2017
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Wet Wet Wet will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Popped In Souled Out with a very special London show at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on Friday July 14th, 2017.
In addition to the already announced shows at Rochester Castle and Edinburgh Castle, Wet Wet Wet will be performing tracks from their classic debut as well as their greatest hits from over the past three decades.
The Hammersmith gig sees the band returning to the venue for the first time in 30 years having last played there during the original ‘Popped In Souled Out Tour’ of 1987.
The band has also revealed the track listing to the forthcoming Super Deluxe Edition of Popped In Souled Out. It features previously unheard versions of all the album’s four smash hit singles as well bonus tracks from the legendary ‘Memphis Sessions’ produced by Willie Mitchell. These sessions have been brought together for the first time including a previously unreleased version of the band’s debut single Wishing I Was Lucky.
As well as a newly remastered version of the original album and the expanded Memphis Sessions, the super deluxe edition of Popped In Souled Out features a disc containing a comprehensive collection of B-Sides, Remixes and the band’s first #1 With A Little Help From My Friends which was recorded for Childline in 1988. Another audio disc features exclusive unreleased recordings from 1984 and ’85 as well as other rarities.
The final disc in the 5-disc set is a DVD that features brand new interviews with the band members in the shape of ‘Snapshots’ - a mini documentary about their early days and life during the recording and release of Popped In Souled Out. The DVD also features videos for the singles as well as rare TV performances along with Top of The Pops appearances from the period.
The Super Deluxe Edition is presented in a 12”x12” 72-page book package that features the band telling the complete story of the album’s creation in their own words along with unseen photos and memorabilia from their private collection.
Bursting onto the scene out of Glasgow in 1987, Wet Wet Wet was undeniably a musical phenomenon. The band have gone on to sell over 15 million albums and singles, spent over 500 weeks on the UK charts and sold hundreds of thousands of gig tickets, but at the time they leapt out of the radio with a sound that wasn’t even remotely like anything else around.
Unusually for the late 80’s, Wet Wet Wet wrote all their own songs, played all their own instruments, and their records weren’t covered with the electronic glossy sheen that defined so much of the charts at the time. Here was a band that loved the work of legendary producer Willie Mitchell as well as classic singer-songwriters such as Van Morrison and James Taylor. To all intents and purposes, Wet Wet Wet was, and remain to be, a soul band but one with a distinct Lanarkshire edge, as the band themselves say “We are first and foremost a soul band - not only in influence and direction but more importantly in attitude and ambition”.
Having formed in 1982 after taking their name from a line in a Scritti Politti song, the band’s first single Wishing I Was Lucky was released in 1987, which started an incredible unbroken run of 27 Top 40 hits. Their debut album Popped in Souled Out spawned three further hit singles Sweet Little Mystery, Angel Eyes (Home And Away) and Temptation. It hit the No.1 slot in January of ’88 before becoming one of the best-selling albums of that year and earning them Best Newcomer at The Brit Awards.
The huge success upon its release is only part of the Popped In Souled Out story. Prior to recording the album, the band went to Memphis to work with the world famous producer Willie Mitchell, best known for his vibrant soul work with Al Green on songs such as ‘Let’s Stay Together’ in the 1970’s. While the music they made together wouldn’t appear until 1988 when it became a top 3 album, the spirit of those initial Memphis Sessions is there for all to hear on Popped In Souled Out.
- Jul 14, 2017 - 07:00 PM
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