For two hours each Tuesday evening between 7 and 9, The Nineties Revival reboots a decade which brought us Saved by the Bell, Goosebumps and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (yes, really).
It’s an era I grew up in and remember vividly. For each programme I dig through my music collection and pick a selection of vintage classics. Many of which I’ve not heard in a while too!
One of my current challenges is to find enough nineties music for each letter of the alphabet to fill one hour of the show. Very early days so far as we’ve only just reached C. There was also some 80s vs the 90s from Richard Marx, a forgotten classic from Kele Le Roc and two dance anthems from Clubhouse and Captain Hollywood Project. If that’s not enough, check out the WHOLE play list below.
Ocean Colour Scene, Hundred Mile High City.
Ini Kamoze, Here Comes The HotStepper.
Richard Marx, Right Here Waiting For You.
Richard Marx, Hazard.
Clubhouse, Light My Fire.
Captain Hollywood Project, More And More.
Shola Ama, You’re The One I Love.
Space, We’ve Got To Get Out Of This Place.
Kele Le Roc, Little Bit Of Lovin’.
Garbage, Stupid Girl.
Corona, Try Me Out.
Crystal Waters, Gypsy Woman.
C J Lewis, Sweets For My Sweets.
Ce Ce Peniston, We Got A Love Thang.
China Black, Searching.
Chemical Brothers, Block Rocking Beats.
Chimes, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.
Chaka Demus & Pliers, Tease Me.
Charli Baltimore, Money.
Catatonia, Road Rage.
Cardigans, Erase & Rewind.
David Bowie, Modern Love (ChangesBowie, #1 1990).
Random Lyrics: But did you know, that when it snows, my eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen.
Answer: Seal, Kiss From A Rose.
The Nineties Revival celebrates 21 years of Blur on Tuesday the 24th of April. More soon!The Nineties Revival is presented and produced by Mark Hardie for Gateway 97.8 FM and broadcasts across Basildon and East Thurrock every Tuesday from 1900 – 2100.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve featured bumper editions of the Nineties Revival, with an incredible 42 number two hit singles of 1997 and 1998.
In these years, England and Scotland qualify for the Football World Cup in France, St Martins Square in Basildon was completed and named and Geri Halliwell sold her Union Jack dress in a charity auction for £41,000.
Whilst Billie Piper became the youngest solo female artist to reach number one since Helen Shapiro and Elton John achieved the biggest selling single EVER with Candle in the Wind, there was plenty of brilliant music which didn’t quite top the charts.
Tuesday 14th of February:
Whitney Houston I’m Every Woman.
Boyzone, Picture Of You.
Cardigans, Love Fool (From Romeo & Juliet Soundtrack).
Sash, Encore Une Fois.
Boyzone, Isn’t It a Wonder.
Blur, Song 2.
No Mercy, Where Do You Go (Summer Anthem).
George Michael, Star People.
Oasis, Stand By Me.
Boyzone, Baby Can I Hold You.
Meredith Brooks, Bitch (US #2).
Mariah Carey, Honey (UK #2 album).
The Verve, Bittersweet Symphony.
Kula Shaker, Hush.
George Michael, You Have Been Loved.
Dario G, Sunchyme.
Natalie Imbruglia, Torn.
Gala, Freed From Desire.
Backstreet Boys, Quit Playing Games With My Heart.
En Vogue, Don’t Let Go (US #2).
Robbie Williams, Old Before I Die.
Paul McCartney, Young Boy (US and UK #2 Album).
Best of the Rest: Warren G, I Shot the Sheriff / Supergrass, Richard III.
More Best of the Rest: Fugees, No Woman No Cry, Sarah Brightman, Time to Say Goodbye.
Number One Movie: She’s The One (Starring Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz).
Numbr One Single: U2, Discotheque (New Entry).
Featured Albums: Butterfly, Mariah Carey and Paul McCartney, Flaming Pie.
TV Show Debuts: Robot Wars, Jonathan Creek and Midsomer Murders.
Tuesday 21st of February:
Backstreet Boys, All I Have To Give.
Natalie Imbruglia, Big Mistake.
Spice Girls, Stop.
All Saints, Never Ever (Best single & Video, 1998 Brit Awards).
Madonna, Ray of Light.
Fat Les, Vindaloo (Unofficial anthem of France ’98).
Pras Michael, Ghetto Superstar.
Will Smith, Just the Two of Us.
Shania Twain, You’re Still The One (US #2).
Sheryl Crow, My Favourite Mistake (UK #2 album track).
Stardust, Music Sounds Better With You.
Steps, One For Sorrow.
Five, Everybody Get Up.
Shola Ama, You Might Need Somebody (Best British Female, 1998 Brit Awards).
T-Spoon, Sex on the Beach (Summer anthem).
Beautiful South, Perfect 10.
911, More Than A Woman.
George Michael, Outside.
Madonna, Frozen (US #2).
Lighthouse Family, Raincloud (UK #2 album track).
Best of the Rest: Busta Rhymes, Turn It Up / Brandy & Monica, Boy is Mine / Sash, Mysterious Times / Puff Daddy, Come with Me.
More Best of the Rest: Brandy, Top of the World / Jay Z, Hard Knock Life / Boyzone, I Love the Way You Love Me.
Number One Movie: Titanic (13 weeks).
Numbr One Single: Cornershop, Brimful of Asha (New Entry).
Featured Albums: Postcards from Heaven, Lighthouse Family & The Globe Sessions, Sheryl Crow.
Random Trivia: What happened to John Prescott at the 1998 Brit Awards?
A: Chumbawamba poured a bucket of water over him.
In the final edition of nineties number two hits there’s classics from Eminem, Phats & Small and Whitney Houston. The Nineties Revival is presented and produced by Mark Hardie and can be heard on Gateway 97.8 FM every Tuesday evening from 7.
The nineties had everything. At least from a music point of view. One hit wonders, million sellers, catchy dance moves and record breaking stays at number one. There were also many brilliant songs which didn’t quite make it to the top of the charts.
Throughout 2012 the Nineties Revival has been revisiting each year of the decade and playing the number two hits from 1990-1996…so far. So if you missed what I’ve featured, the last two weeks of play lists are below. Coming up on Tuesday the 14th of February is 1997 when The Verve, Dario G and The Cardigans all narrowly missed out on being number one. The Nineties Revival is broadcast every Tuesday evening from 7 on Gateway 97.8 FM.
Tuesday 31st of January 2012
1995 was the year James Bond made a spectacular return to the cinema in Goldeneye and Brit Pop was at the height of its popularity with both Oasis and Blur releasing Country House and Roll With It at the same time. Pulp and Supergrass enjoyed number two hits in 1995 too. The Nineties Revival revisited 1982 and 1990 with some Joe Cocker in both decades.
Plus we dug out a forgotten classic from the Soup Dragons and featured Eternal’s album ‘Always and Forever’ which became the first album by a female group in the UK to sell more than a million.
Madison Avenue, Don’t Call Me Baby.
Gina G, Oh Ah Just A Little Bit.
Jennifer Warnes & Joe Cocker, Up Where We Belong.
Joe Cocker, Unchain My Heart.
Pet Shop Boys, New York City Boy.
Billie Ray Martin, Your Loving Arms.
Jam & Spoon, Right In The Night.
Spice Girls, Who Do You Think You Are.
Fatboy Slim, Right Here Right Now.
Wendy Moten, Come In Out Of The Rain.
Soup Dragons, I’m Free.
Boyzone, Love Me For A Reason.
N Trance, Set You Free.
MN8, I’ve Got A Little Something For You.
Pulp, Common People.
Diana King, Shy Guy.
Oasis, Roll With It.
N Trance, Stayin’ Alive.
Meatloaf, I’d Lie For You & That’s The Truth.
Nicki French, Total Eclipse Of The Heart.
Eternal, Oh Baby I.Tuesday 7th of February 2012
The Retro Chart revisited the number two hits of 1996 this week. It was the year we first saw an episode of The Simpsons on terrestrial TV along with The Demon Headmaster and Airport. GM foods went on sale in British supermarkets and Damon Hill was the F1 champion. We also featured a track from the number two album Travelling Without Moving by Jamiroquai.
Lyrical Challenge: “I think I remember the film, And as I recall, I think, we both kinda liked it”.
Answer: Deep Blue Something, Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
Ricky Martin, Maria.
Level 42, Lessons In Love (Eighties in the Nineties)
Level 42, Guaranteed.
Tina Cousins, Killin’ Time (Dancefloor Anthem)
M People, Sight For Sore Eyes.
Freak Power, Turn On, Tune In & Cop Out (A to Z of the Nineties)
Frances Nero, Footsteps Following Me.
KWS, Please Don’t Go.
Travis, Why Does It Always Rain On Me (Alternative Nineties)
Ultimate Kaos, Some Girls (Forgotten Classic)
Manic Street Preachers, A Design For Life.
Bluetones, Slight Return.
Toni Braxton, Unbreak My Heart.
Robbie Williams, Freedom.
Kula Shaker, Hey Dude.
Donna Lewis, I Love You Always Forever (US #2)
Peter Andre, Mysterious Girl.
East 17 & Gabrielle, If You Ever.
Los Del Rio, Macarena.
Fugees, No Woman No Cry.
Underworld, Born Slippy (Movie Soundtrack)
Jamiroquai, Alright (Album #2)
The Nineties Revival is a weekly nostalgia music show broadcast on a Tuesday evening between 7 & 9. Presented by Mark Hardie (me) the show digs out the music you’ve not heard for ages, with nineties related features and themes.
This week we had some alternative nineties from the Foo Fighters, a double eighties & nineties track from Bon Jovi, a forgotten classic from Aqua who are touring Australia this March and the A to Z moved onto the letter C with tracks from Catatonia and Chaka Demus & Pliers.
2012 is also the 20th anniversary of the text message. The first one ever said ‘Merry Christmas’.
Our mini-series looking at number two hits of the nineties continued with a selection from 1992. Nigel Mansell was the Formula One champion, it was fashionable to wear your clothes back to front (thanks to Kriss Kross) and Ab Fab arrived on our TV screens.
Lyrical Puzzle: Don’t you know it’s true. Girl there’s no one else but you.
Answer: Charles & Eddie, Would I Lie To You.
Kula Shaker, Sound Of Drums.
Tin Tin Out feat Emma Bunton, What I Am.
Bon Jovi, You Gave Love A Bad Name.
Bon Jovi, Keep The Faith.
Lighthouse Family, Lifted.
Catatonia, Road Rage.
Chaka Demus & Pliers, Twist & Shout.
Foo Fighters, This Is A Call.
Lenny Kravitz, It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over.
Aqua, Doctor Jones.
CJ Lewis, Sweets For My Sweets.
Kylie, Give Me Just A Little More Time.
Shanice, I Love Your Smile.
Ce Ce Peniston, Finally.
Nick Berry, Heartbeat.
Kriss Kross, Jump.
Mariah Carey, I’ll Be There.
Freddie Mercury, Barcelona.
Janet Jackson and Luther Vandross, Best Things In Life Are Free.
Dr Alban, It’s My Life.
Temptations, My Girl.
Arrested Development, People Every day.
2 Unlimited, Twilight Zone.
The Cure, Friday I’m In Love.
Six days into 2012 (at time of writing) and I’m going to wish you a Happy New Year. I think that’s just about still acceptable. Right?
I’m sure there will be some of us who are still trying to clear the fridge of Chrismas leftovers, taking down cards and wrapping decorations up ready to dig out of the loft again in eleven months or so.
On the latest edition of the Nineties Revival I continued my news series looking back at the number two hits of the decade.
In 1991 we experienced one of the coldest winters since 1987 with the heaviest snow fall we’d see for almost twenty years. The Football Association announced plans for a new super league to replace the existing first division and Bart Simpson topped the charts.
In the next programme on Tuesday the 10th of January, there’s a collection of number two hits from 1992! Tune in from 7-9 on Gateway 97.8 FM or listen live via this website.
Here’s the playlist:
Dina Carroll, Ain’t No Man.
Republica, Ready To Go.
Culture Club, Church Of The Poison Mind (80s in the 90s)
Culture Club, I Just Wanna Be Loved (80s in the 90s)
Chesney Hawkes, One & Only.
Blue Pearl, Naked In The Rain (A to Z of the 90s)
Blur, There’s No Other Way (A to Z of the 90s)
The Real McCoy, Run Away (Dance Anthem)
Sleeper, Sale Of The Century (Alternative Nineties)
Brownstone, If You Love Me (Forgotten Classic)
Take That, Never Forget.
Hour Two (Featured Number Two Hits Of 1991)
Madonna, Crazy for You.
James, Sit Down.
Crystal Waters, Gypsy Woman.
Amy Grant, Baby Baby.
Extreme, More Than Words.
Right Said Fred, I’m Too Sexy.
Roxette, Fading Like A Flower (US Number 2)
Salt N Pepa, Let’s Talk About Sex.
Diana Ross, When You Tell Me That You Love Me.
Elton John, Nikita (Track from number 2 album this week in 1991)
Decorations are going up, garden centres are packed and there’s celebrity Christmas countdowns on the TV. It must be December.
To celebrate the festive season on the Nineties Revival, we’re asking you to pick your favourite Christmas hit of the decade.
On December 20th from 8pm we’ll countdown the top ten as chosen by you. Nominate from the list or add one yourself. Choose as many as you wish.
You have until 6pm on Monday the 19th of December to get involved. The choices are below. Use the comments box to make your selection or email 90srevival at gateway978 dot com.
- Mariah Carey, All I Want For Christmas Is You.
- Gloria Estefan, Love On Layaway.
- Natalie Cole, Jingle Bells.
- Westlife, I Have A Dream.
- East 17, Stay Another Day.
- Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody.
- Aretha Franklin, Joy To The World.
- Tony Bennett, Winter Wonderland.
- Bon Jovi, Please Come Home For Christmas.
- Take That, Babe.
- Dina Carroll, The Perfect Year.
- Spice Girls, 2 Become 1.
- Whitney Houston, I Will Always Love You.
- Luther Vandross, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
- Brenda Lee, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.
- The Mike Flowers Pops, Wonderwall.
- Michael Bolton, White Christmas.
- Robson & Jerome, I Believe.
- Spice Girls, Goodbye.
- Robbie Williams, Angels.
- Meatloaf, I’d Do Anything For Love.