In March 2003, 'U Make Me Wanna' became Blue's 7th successive Top 5 hit and the 3rd smash from their 2nd album... It follows a great February when Duncan, Antony, Lee and Simon won the "Best Pop Act" award at the Brits.Rather as with Atomic Kitten, most people probably remember that Blue existed; indeed the front page of my local paper this week is an advert for Lee Ryan's appearance in pantomime at the Beck Theatre, Hayes. However, many if not most of their hits have vanished from public consciousness over the years and in all honesty some of them aren't very memorable. 'U Make Me Wanna' has the particular disadvantage of a title almost as generic as the band's own name: it's possible that they chose the spelling to distinguish this from Usher's 'You Make Me Wanna...' although they didn't do the same for other hits like 'One Love' or 'Guilty'.
The song itself is no more distinctive, the sort of watered-down two-step that was massive at the start of the century, complete with those double-timed vocals everyone seemed to be doing and some generic loverman lyrics. Effectively, it's pseudo-Craig David. It's not actually any good, obviously, although it reaches a low-point when Antony Costa uses the phrase "make sweet love" without apparent irony. Poor even for them.
Also appearing on: Now 49, 50, 51, 53, 56, 57, 58, 59
Available on: Best Of Blue