Monday, 22 December 2014

911 'Party People... Friday Night'

Chart Peak: 5
Spike, Jimmy and Lee scored their 5th Top 10 smash in the last 12 months with 'Party People'... It raced onto the chart at No. 5 on 26th October '97
Since I mentioned our in-jokes in the LL Cool J post, I might as well point out that my brother claimed to have misheard the chorus lyric in this song as "Fucking Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night," although I don't really believe him. Obviously they weren't really saying that anyway.
The first single from their second album is a tricky time for boy bands, usually about the last chance for them to get really big rather than selling to fans. In the event 911 fell into the latter category, at least so far as the UK was concerned, but they had enough of those fans to make it to the standard three-albums-and-a-Greatest-Hits lifespan for a 90s boyband.

I've long had a bit of a soft spot for 911's more upbeat songs, probably because they remind me of PJ & Duncan's similar work and whilst 'Party People' is no masterpiece it's likely their best song to appear on a Now album - as I've mentioned before, the best 911 song of all is of course 'Bodyshakin' and that never made it at all. It is of course totally soulless, careerist nonsense but we all need a bit of that in our lives and at least it never pretends to be anything else.

Also appearing on: Now 35, 36, 37, 41, 42, 43
Available on: Moving On

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