“I guess, now it’s time… for me to give up. I feel it’s time.”
Nobody, perhaps even the members of Take That, knew just how prescient that opening line would be. Within a year of releasing Back For Good, Take That lost a member and announced they’d be splitting up. On Valentine’s Day of all days – we’re still recovering.
Third album Nobody Else was a turning point for the band, even before the internal struggles that would eventually break them up. Their sound took a more mature direction and they all sported a new look. All of a sudden, Howard had dread locks and Robbie took some scissors to his dark, floppy barnet. Turning into a manband before our very eyes – our boys were all grown up.
Back For Good sounded like it was going to be the start of an exciting new stage in the band’s career. It was a hit in the USA, and scored them their sixth UK Number 1.
Back For Good knocked Outhere Brothers’ saucy novelty hit Don’t Stop (Wiggle Wiggle) off the top, and the two tracks – which couldn’t really be more different if they tried – occupied the Number 1 and Number 2 spot together for a whole month. Finally, someone had to to break up the party, and that job fell to Oasis, who landed their first chart-topper with Some Might Say in April 1995.
It was to be Take That’s last proper single with Robbie Williams. While there was another single released featuring his vocals – the unforgettable Never Forget – Robbie had already departed.
He would, of course, return, but that’s a story for another time…
Back For Good is Take That’s best-selling single in the UK – it’s a million-seller, in fact. Under various guises, Take That have scored 12 Number 1 s on the Official Singles Chart and have reached the summit of the Official Albums Chart a lucky seven times. The band has, so far, spent a whopping 223 weeks in the Top 40 over the course of their career.
And the guys are still going – their most recent Number 1 was just last year. These Days was their first chart-topper as a three-piece.
So, Take That had Number 1 sewn up for a month… but who was keeping the rest of the Top 10 company?
2: Outhere Brothers – Don’t Stop (Wiggle Wiggle)
The very first hit of their very very own, hip-hop/dance outfit Outhere Brothers scored they first of two Number 1 with this tribute to shaking your thing. The guys ended up with four Top 10s.
ChartFact: The Outhere Brothers wrote and produced DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince’s Number 8 hit from 1991, Summertime.
3: Bobby Brown – Two Can Play That Game
A reswizzle of a song that had only reached Number 52 in its original form in 1994 hit its peak this week. It’s his highest charting single in the UK.
4: Strike – U Sure Do
A first and only visit to the Top 10 for dance maestros Strike. They had five Top 40 hits altogether and U Sure Do would go no further than Number 4. It liked it so much, it stayed there for two weeks.
ChartFact: The "you sure make me feel like loving you" part of the chorus is taken from Serious, a Number 8 hit for Donna Allen in 1987.
5: Wet Wet Wet – Julia Says
An eighth Top 10 for the Scottish band, and the follow-up to the monster hit from Four Weddings And A Funeral, Love Is All Around, which had spent an astonishing 15 weeks at Number 1. They’d go on top have five more Top 10 hits.
6: Cher/Chrissie Hynde/Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton – Love Can Build A Bridge
7: Corona – Baby Baby
8: Grace – Not Over Yet
9: Beatles – Baby It’s You
10: Alex Party – Don’t Give Me Your Life
This time last year…
Straight in at Number 1 for 5SOS – or 5 Seconds Of Summer to give them their full title. She Looks So Perfect knocked Duke Dumont off the top. See the full Top 100 from this week in 2014 for new entries from Faul & Wad Ad Va Pnau, Martin Garrix, Chris Brown, Tujamo and more.