The Weather Girls’ hit from 1984 still on course to re-enter Official Singles Chart thanks to campaign following a UKIP councillor’s comments on gay marriage.
It reached Number 2 back in 1984, and 30 years on the barometer is rising once again, as the Weather Girls’ It’s Raining Men prepares to dive back into the Official Singles Chart.
The song, which was covered and taken to Number 1 by Geri Halliwell in 2001, owes its second chance at chart success to controversial remarks by UKIP councillor for Henley-on-Thames, David Silvester, on the subject of gay marriage.
In an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, Silvester, who has since been suspended from UKIP, claimed that the UK’s recent flooding could be a result of the government’s same sex marriage legislation.
Protestors angered by Mr Silvester’s comments launched a Facebook campaign to get gay anthem It’s Raining Men – a wealth of weather-based innuendo – to Number 1 as a show of strength. Darren Pop, who helped organise the campaign, told OfficialCharts.com that It’s Raining Men’s renewed chart success could “create a huge spotlight on our campaign for equality as a whole”.
David Silvester has refused to resign following the row, vowing to stay on as an independent councillor if UKIP do not relax his suspension.
The campaign has the full backing of the sole surviving Weather Girl Martha Wash, who has been showing her support on Twitter.
It’s Raining Men was the only UK hit for the Weather Girls, but Martha Wash enjoyed six Top 40 hits by herself, including a re-recording of It’s Raining Men with Drag Race star RuPaul in 1998, which reached Number 21.
According to Official Charts Company’s latest sales data, It’s Raining Men is currently at Number 25. Can it make a final push and grab a Top 20 placing when the final Official Singles Chart is announced on BBC Radio 1 this Sunday?