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Steps

Steps were a British pop group who achieved a series of hit singles during the late nineties and into the millennium.

Their name was based around a simple marketing gimmick. Each of their music videos were carefully choreographed, and the dance steps were included with each of their single releases.

The group, comprised of Claire Richards, Faye Tozer, Ian Watkins (known as H), Lee Latchford Evans and Lisa Scott-Lee, formed in 1996. They were seen performing by producer Pete Waterman (formerly of Stock Aitken Waterman) and signed to a recording contract on his EBUL label.

Waterman's stated intention was to try to recreate the sound of ABBA and blend it with a more modern style, however their first single 5,6,7,8 was a techno line dance and though not typical of what would become their style, it became their first hit.

The hit singles continued, with their cover version of Bananarama's Last Thing On My Mind, and the most ABBA flavoured of their singles, One For Sorrow, reaching the UK Top 10. Their next single, a cover version of the Bee Gees Tragedy became their first number one single in 1998.

Over the next year they hit the top 10 several times, with songs such as Better Best Forgotten, Love's Got A Hold On My Heart, Deeper Shade of Blue (originally recorded by Tina Cousins) and a double A sided single of Say You'll Be Mine with their version of Kylie Minogue's Better The Devil You Know. Their second, and final number one single Stomp reached the number one position in October 2000. They continued releasing singles and reached number two with both The Way You Make Me Feel and Chain Reaction (originally recorded by Diana Ross) before disbanding in early 2002.

Steps were part of the ensemble that released "Thank ABBA for the Music" (a cover of ABBA's "Thank You for the Music") in November 1999. The other artists singing were Tina Cousins, Cleopatra, B*Witched, and Billie.

During their chart career of four years, they placed 15 consecutive singles in the British top 10, placed all four of their albums in the top 5 and reached number one with two of them, and toured extensively to sell out crowds.

Since disbanding, Ian Watkins and Claire Richards (billed as "H and Claire") have released a hit single duet and Faye Tozer has collaborated with Cyndi Lauper and written several songs with her.

Lisa Scott-Lee has emerged as a solo dance artist. She released several singles that charted well in Britain, and also became major dance hits in the United States club scene.

Discography with British chart peak positions

Singles
1. 5,6,7,8, (Nov 27, 1997 - # 14)
2. Last Thing On My Mind (May 2, 1998 - # 6)
3. One For Sorrow (Sep 5, 1998 - # 2)
4. Tragedy/Heartbeat (double "A" single) (Nov 21, 1998 - # 1)
5. Better Best Forgotten (Mar 20, 1999 - # 2)
6. Thank ABBA For The Music (ABBA medley performed with
B Witched, Billie, Cleopatra and Tina Cousins) (Apr 10, 1999 - # 4)
7. Love's Got A Hold On My Heart (Jul 24, 1999 - # 2)
8. After The Love Has Gone (Oct 23, 1999 - # 5)
9. Say You'll Be Mine/Better The Devil You Know (double "A" single) (Dec 25, 1999 - # 4)
10. Deeper Shade Of Blue (Apr 15, 2000 - # 4)
11. When I Said Goodbye/Summer Of Love (double "A" single) (Jul 15, 2000 - # 5)
12. Stomp (Oct 28, 2000 - # 1)
13. The Way You Make Me Feel/Too Busy Thinking About My Baby (double "A" single) (Jan 6, 2001 - # 2)
14. Here And Now/You'll Be Sorry (double "A" single) (Jun 16, 2001 # 4)
15. ''Chain Reaction/One For Sorrow (remix) (double "A" single) (Oct 6, 2001 - # 2)
16. Words Are Not Enough/I Know Him So Well (double "A" single) (Dec 15, 2001 # 5)

Albums
1. Step One (Sep 26, 1998 - # 2)
2. Steptacular (Nov 6, 1999 - # 1)
3. Buzz (Nov 11, 2000 - # 4)
4. Gold - The Greatest Hits - (Oct 27, 2001 - # 1)