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      05.02.2009 20:51
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      Debut record by Hearsay

      Hearsay are the first example in the UK, of any show like Pop Id.. producing Will Young and Michelle Mcmanus, Popstars Rivals producing Girls Aloud, X Factor has produced a couple of megastars in Shayne, Leona and Leon and i have a good enough opinion on Hearsay to talk about them. They are quite an odd band i have to say though, they're not very like each other apart from all being a bit chubby! and being around the same age. I thought they always looked quite unconfrtable with each other and where in quite a daze being told what to do and where to go etc The band is made up of several peeps - Kym the star of the show, she has done well beyond the band with a solo career for a while, some tv presenting and now a tv role in ITV's coronation street. Myleene has done equally as well in I'm a Celeb show and lots of adverts and TV presenting work. Suzanne won Dancing On Ice so reality tv is in these peoples blood lol. Danny and Noel have done some panto work as well. I think the band where good in their heyday, they got lots of benefit from being choosen apart from quite a nasty backlash from the UK and a failed relaunch left after Kym left for ''her kids''. They had some good songs, mainly their singles ;) and their albums did quite well. Their relaunch didnt go so smoothly but why would it? the UK have shown a lot of love for Girls Aloud because they are modern, different, fun and have produced constantly brillant songs - i can't say the same for Hearsay, their first record was a smash but from then on i liked Lovin Is Easy, Bridge Over Troubled Water was alright, Everybody was good, The Way To Your Love. Apart from one or two i can't recall any of the songs from their albums - they are best with there singles. Maybe if Kym hadn't left they would have got some more years but in 2000's they would never work because they would be shown to be too manufactured. It's obvious the band themselves where thrown into a frenzy, the first of the reality tv type show and they have done well indvidually mainly Suzanne, Myleene and Kym and the band gave them platforms and tv and music related oppurtunities that they wouldn't have without it. They where a good band and who knows a reform is plausable i suppose, it'd be wierd though right but so interesting...with some good songs they could work again???.....who am i kidding they did good to make the money did, keep their minutes of fame and milk their oppurtunites for all they where worth. They bit the dust years after, and i personally think they're alright y'know?

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      23.08.2003 02:09
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      Hear'say were one of the worst bands ever!! Fame Academy is better because the people don't just get turned away they got taught. All Hear'say wanted was fame and that is what they got, their first album and single went to number one because people watched the programme but then people watched them fall to pieces because they were people in the band that were put together and did'nt know eachother. Kym Marsh is better on here own but none of the others actullay did much. That is why they split when kym left because none of them could sing!!!It is appauling the way they are.

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        20.07.2002 00:20
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        Last year, the young and hopeful new band, hand picked by the very capable popstars judges, (cough), were out to storm the charts with their new album 'popstars', but after their first, or was it second single, their album dropped from the top 20 album chart, then top 40, and then no one remembered them again. Until, one day, Kym decided that she wanted to leave to get some publicity, but no one really cared about that either, so her face disappeared from all the pop magazines, and hear'say had to have an audition for a new band member. This was fixed, so some bloke who had been a dancer for the band once apparently joined. Then no one heard about them ever again. Are they back? Are they going to release a new album? Does anyone care? They are like Gareth Gates and Will Young: they just won't be known at all after a few years, or maybe even weeks. I never thought much of them.

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          24.02.2002 23:14
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          If you are a fan of hear'say or seriously lacking a sense of humour, do not read past this paragraph. If however u want a laugh then read on. ~The Band~ Danny-Despite looking like he?s sucking on a lemon he?s managed to win the hearts of many young girls (none of which have yet started puberty) he must be so proud. Danny first discovered he couldn?t sing when he was 11 and went on a karaoke, unfortunately he got booed off the stage. Suzanne-The dumb blonde of the group who is also the baby. Instead of staying in education she decided to enter Pop stars and make us wish we didn?t have ears. Myleene-Myleene is the one with the unusually large head, she is seen as being the sensible one of the group but sometimes Kym has to nudge her to wake her up!!! WHAT A REBEL!!! Noel-Noel used to work in a posh restaurant before he got sacked for trying to get it on with a chicken! He?s the bigheaded member of the group and he?s so wrapped up in himself. He does have a dark side though?he likes dressing up in women?s clothing! Kym-She?s no longer in the band but oh well. Kym had her first single at 13. It went nowhere but that didn?t stop her from trying to make it in the pop world (oh joy!). Although Kym?s the only one with any sense?SHE QUIT!!! I personally think hear?say are a bunch of totally crap losers and I think the media should put them out of their misery by shooting them with guns instead of cameras. They couldn?t even pick their own name for god?s sake they had to choose it off a list! Will someone please explain to me why pop bands cannot song about anything other then love? Why do they put an apostrophe in hear?say? Is it a pathetic attempt to get the band noticed? The boys in hear?say just try to look hard which isn?t very easy when they?re caked in make up. The girls however go for the sex goddess look, even though they?re all mingers. ~Pop Stars~ Pop stars was a very clever i dea as it made you get to know the band before they even brought out a single. It let you watch the wannabes go through the selection process and brought the group to our attention months before we even heard their first song. Hear?say wanted to be original?but why is it that their first single sounded exactly like allsaints, never ever? ~Bekki?s Predictions~ 2002- two tourdates cancelled due to stress. Band sack Nigel as manager and decide to manage themselves. 2003- Band release a new album that only makes it to number 29 in the charts. Kept off the spot for Christmas number one by George Michael. 2005- Hear?say and Kym both release their new singles on the same date but there both kept off the number one spot when Gary Barlow releases his first single in 7 years! 2007- Noel is spotted leaving Myleene?s flat and their affair is uncovered. Myleene complains they don?t have enough privacy and its putting pressure on the band (i.e.; noel cant get it up) 2030- Band finally realise their crap and do a farewell tour but its cancelled as the tickets don?t sell. Noel moves in with Myleene, Danny works in MacDonald?s, Kym becomes a babysitter and Suzanne goes back into education so that she actually has the qualifications to get a job!

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            15.01.2002 03:21
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            ‘I wanna end up with Jack’ screamed the headline of a recent edition of Heat magazine, featuring the Sonia-fancying-scally Jack Ryder and manufactured down to the seams pop idol Kym ‘UK version of Macy Gray’ (think about it) Marsh. And do you know what? She could be ending up with her wish fulfilled sooner rather than later if accusations of a rift in the shiny pop ranks of Hear’Say are to be believed. Things aren’t well at Popstars Towers with the goss being our Kym has had verbal fisticuffs with Myleene ‘I can actually play an instrument’ Marsh that threatens to envelope the band as a whole; it could potentially set the seal on a descent into oblivion even more spectacular than their romp up the charts last year. Obviously the stipulations of the Popstars TV show didn’t explain that rifts were all part of the business (unlikely to have been over creative license), that there were bound to be arguments between Danny and Noel over who looks better in River Island windows nationwide, and in next to no time the long arduous road to fame could be curtailed before it even gets started. If you were a Popstars cast-off, wouldn’t you be just slightly on the bitter side of seething? Well, not unless you’re a member of Liberty: in which case, the cosmetically enhanced grins are probably remaining even more permanent than normal. Despite the monumental sales of the onomatopoeic Pure and Simple, things have never been a bed of roses for the five who somehow managed to keep the general public from going out and getting slaughtered every Saturday night (although that had nothing to do with the Osmonds-style Saturday Night with Hear’Say shebang – I hear having teeth pulled was actually a more attractive alternative). Early indications of their plight were conceived within reports saying the members of a band so man-made they actually came with operating instructions were only earning less than £500 a week. Now being a dole-dweller, that sort of money ain’t a great shame to come into (I think), but if you’re smashing record sales all and sundry and are in-demand 24/7 then you might expect a little more for your bank balance to make up for the incoming glut of break-ups from teenage sweethearts. Plus it doesn’t help when one of the band needs his mother to hold his hand on every decision he makes (that’ll be Noel then) and another regularly moonlights as Shrek (if it were Kym it would be funnier, but Danny’s got that look down to a tee). Covering Bridge Over Troubled Water could have been a pre-emptive metaphor for the ensuing internal wrangles. Of course it could also have meant that Hear’Say were adept at covering mind-numbing warbles with equally bland, soul-less accuracy, but in a world of coincidences something of this nature may prove to be no fluke. Monday, Monday….er, well, the news of a bust-up was revealed today. Which is Monday. Will that count? Possibly the turning point – I’m not sure if this is correct or not but it’d split-sides if so – is that the best track on the sophomore Everybody happens to be a remix of Pure and Simple. Now I’ve heard of one-trick ponies but this must be a case of one-trick being shared by the whole stable. Either that or a donkey simile of some description. And now, in spite of the obligatory insider ‘yes they are/no they bloody well are not’ insights from an always bang-up-to-date media, the fivesome could quickly be back lurking in the pop wilderness, just like all the competitors they fought off previously, and all so Mullet Boy Nigel Lythgoe could come round and pretend to be interested in their families when delivering the at-the-time good news. ‘Congratulations, you’re gonna be part of the band’ – doesn’t have such a grandiose ring about it now, does it? Myleene reportedly wants ou t in order to pursue a solo career – the fact she has even drawn breath on this matter is the clearest indication yet the seeds of discontent have already been sown. Solo careers are fine for established artists who’ve been around a little longer than the weekly hour Hearsay used every weekend, but this isn’t reflecting too well on your team-mates. Although she does play an instrument, which in itself puts her several thousand echelons above her counterparts. Kym wants out because in Kym’s world, Kym speaks and Kym’s minions from Kym-on-Sea, Kymshire, (United Kymdom) listen. So she wants a pop career, someone who fancies Sonia Jackson as her husband, the time to raise two kids and a chance to pop down to Old Trafford to see Man United complete another treble. When Nasty Nigel in no uncertain terms called her fat (with an f as well folks) I think he was referring to the size of her head if she expects to be part of an excessively high profile group and still act as if adulation is secondary to a normal life. The quote doing the rounds at the moment is that ‘she’s sick of being part of a made to measure outfit’. Not exactly in the small print was it? Were you expecting to think for yourself? Hell no. Come to think of it, Kym always seemed to be the bolshiest of the five on Popstars anyway, so maybe the transition from television screen to real world has been a straight translation. Either that or a bad trumpet player from Walford is really getting to her. Whatever the reasoning, one person is never bigger than the whole band (there’s that weight thing again). Rarely does it amount to anything amicable – Robbie Williams is a preclusion to the rule, yet at the expense of Howard Donald, his own reputation doubtless just below that of Ultimate Kaos and MN8. Y’know, proper bands before television got involved. If it didn’t work for Northern Line then it sure ain’t gonna work here. I haven’t even mentioned Suzanne yet. Perhaps because her only claim to fame thus far has been 2001’s spectacles wearer of the year. Case rested m’lud. Presumably she needed glasses for her Magoo-esque studying of the contract that’s just been given five minutes to live. If the unthinkable did occur and Hear’Say became the next casualty on pop music’s obituary list, then someone has to carry the can for prompting a break-up bordering on out and out scandal. The sudden surrendering of stardom short-changes both the band and the people that put them there, not just the judges, but also the general public wishing for a happy ending to this particular fairytale. Naturally, as things work, by the time you’ve finished reading this, Kym & Myleene will have made up in public and Hearsay will rule the roost once again. But, while I shall never profess to following or being a fan of said individuals (NEVER!), it just goes to show that some people simply don’t know a good thing when they’re onto one. Music in general has descended into being too presumptuous for its own good and is more interested in its appearance than its substance. Less than a year on from cracking the big time, Hear’Say already seem to think their time has come. Rest assured, reasserting their fame individually will be nigh on impossible, and in years to come, in spite of sales and viewing figures, they will be buried under a mountain of similarly deceased pop music careers. Who wants cast-offs anyway? And which is worse, being told to politely leave when the cut is made, or making the cut and then being told your future is less than, well, Pure and Simple? Oh to be a member of Liberty. And if you think they can see out the length of their six-album deal, then you’re obviously a pessimist from the Hear’Say school of thought…

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              24.12.2001 01:55
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              Hear'say have been one of my favourite bands ever since they were chosen on the popular ITV show "Popstars". Although they have had a lot of unwelcome bad attention from the press, and a lot of people regard them as "manufactered pop" and therefore don't like them, I think this is a bit mistake. Because even if they're not your cup of tea, you cannot dismiss the fact that they are very talented, and this is proved by their new album, "Everybody". It is noticeably different to their first album, "Popstars". I think the band have matured since then, and have tried to aim their second album at an older audience. The band themselves have co-written some of the songs on "Everybody" which shows, if you know a lot about the band. The first song on the album shares the same title and was released in late November, climbing to No. 4 in the charts. It is more upbeat than their previous singles and so is some of the other material on "Everybody". Kym Marsh sings a lot of the main vocals and carries them well with her strong, distinctive voice. The two boys also sing quite a bit especially in "Angel In My Heart" and "You Are All I Need To Get By". The band have used lots of different styles in this album, including slow ballads and upbeat, almost latino songs such as "Play To Win". It also includes a remix of their first number 1 single "Pure And Simple". I really enjoyed "Everybody" and would definatley recommend it.

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                13.12.2001 18:46
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                Everyone knows how this group had their claim to fame with about a third of the Country watching Popstars on television. They were the ones singled out as the best five though personally I thought I heard some people out there with better voices. I think that they cannot truly work well together as a group and they should have been tested more like this before they were given the winning votes. Still they are here now and a lot of teenagers seem to like them through the press and television coverage they have had. Still one question remains for me and that is do you think they have the strength to keep things going. It will all seem miraculous to them at the moment but they never had the hard struggles that most singers or groups have had to get their talent recognised. A somewhat easier claim to fame than most. But is the bubble popping and are things slowing as they are less and less in the publics eye like they were. We will have to wait and see about that as time will tell. This is about their second album everybody named after their recent single. However as the group have just been on tour I found this hard to believe that they could find time to run around the country as well as visit the recording studio without something being amiss. Most artists can spend a year or more making a album and Hearsay have released a debut album done a tour as well as record this in less than a year. Is this a sign of true talent or not well I will let you make your own mind up on that one my friends as personally I do not rate them at all myself. I got this as my partner likes them for some unknown reason and I will tell you what I think of the tracks on the album as unbiased as possible. I always like to listen to the songs as I write about them and try to say if the track has anything that I like or dislike. I prefer dance music myself but I have broad horizons and will happily listen to almost and music as I prefer to withhold judgement till after I have heard som ething. Saying that I will now give you what I feel about their album. 1 Everybody (Single Edit) Well this has recently been in the charts so everyone should recognise this track and I would go so far to say that this track is quite good for the group. It is a classic pop style song and is easy to listen to with a sort of tune that your kids will be singing along to. Must say that this is one of the better tracks on this album and is just like the radio version that you would have heard. 1 Suddenly This track has more of a eighties feel to it and is sung more like something done by Britney Spears, bit like a cross between a love song and a ballad with the lyrics. But the breakbeat style of singing reminds me too much of Britney?s Crazy for me to enjoy this track too much. However it is still quite good and easy listening. 2 We Go On This is a bit of a mix of different styles with some bits of electronic voicing added similar to Eiffel 65. This however blends ok in this slower track and surprisingly it is not too bad. This track has nothing special about it so it may well make the charts but I doubt that it has the strength to be a hit. 3 Back Down To Zero Hear we have a song that definatley is like a ballad. An easy going song but could do without the male vocals as I feel they do not fit this track. Would have been better if they had just let the girls do this one, still it is not that bad and is easy listening but if this track had just someone s inging it with a more powerfull female voice this would have been in with a chance of being a chart hit. 4 Play to Win This has been recorded with a latin Spanish style of tune to it. This does not suit this group whatsoever in my opinion as they just connot truly blend in with the music. For me this track is a bit mediochre and more like just an album filler than anything else. Still it does not totally offend your ears but I do no t think it is one that you will remember in the future. 5 Angel In My Heart Another slower ballad. It again is let down by the boys as their voices do not blend well in this style of song. The group seem to try to work together in most of the tracks but I believe that some of these songs would have been better if only one or two members of the group sung them as some have voices that are better suited to this style of song. 6 You're All I Need To Get By This is a old classic sixities Motown remix and the original was much better. What a horrendous remix of a classic song, the origonal was sung nice and smooth but this sounds like someone trying to sing it in their back room or something. They have destroyed what I think was a good song. 7 Not The End Of The World More of a pop song again but this is only mediochre at it?s best. This song sounds plain and uneventful which gives it a rushed feel to it. Maybe they are trying to get things done a bit quick while they still have some media hype. I cannot see them lasting too much longer if they keep doing tracks like their last two. 8 Don't Go Believing Another mix of a pop song and a ballad but it has nothing special to this one. Again the male vocals sound out of place and this track sounds too harsh to me in places. Sounds like they are out of tune or out os sync at times and is one that I would just skip by. 9 Home Again Once again this track I think would have benefitted by being a solo rather than having the group sing. It has the possibility of being a good song and I just feel that Hearsay have themselves let this track down. Still it is only mediochre and this song will suit some people but it does not have the power to make it one that you will remember in time to come. 10 A Good Thing This is more like a 80?s style pop song to me. Nothing special here either but the song is not too bad. Not one that has anything to interest me into listening to it again though. 11 Straight From The Heart Here is another slow song that could be classed as a love song or a ballad and is again a sort of track that you will not truly listen too. One that you will not pay attention to as it is too plain to grab your attention. Mediochre and a album filler and nothing more. 12 Pure and Simple (New Version) This track is the new version with the breakbeat style of music to it that they have been singing recently while doing their guest appearances. I think it is worse than the origonal and may be a view on their staying power as they are already doing remixes of a song that was released less than a year ago. Summary Well this album does have some good tracks along with the bad. In saying that I feel that if this is how the rest of their music is going to go that will not be around for too much longer. Hooray some people may shout considering that they have in my opinion only got this far because of Popstars and the media hype that followed. Already I feel that they have lost some of the lime light and this album feels rushed to get it out while they still have some following. They need to try to do some work to get their vocals to work more in harmony with each other or start releasing singles without the whole group trying to do their bit as this is letting them down too much. They do not seem to be able to pull things together like groups such as Steps which again makes me feel like they will not have much of a future, so if I was them I would start watching my bank balance and save for the future as if this is the best they have to offer then I will probably say they are losing already. They have only just finished their tour so I was surprised that they even had time to record a second album already which only gives further credance to the fact that they may not be around too much longer and are trying to cash in while the y can. sTill if you are a fan of theirs like I say there are tracks that you will like on this but I would say that we will have to wait and see about their future. Here are the url?s of a few websites that have sprung up about the group and about the tv show Popstars in case you want to know more about them. http://www.hearsayuk.com/ http://www.popstarsonline.net/flash_index.html

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                  06.11.2001 22:54
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                  I have to say that I didn't really enjoy the Popstars programmes. They bored me. Hour after hour of the same thing. The show, which I originally thought to be a showcase of auditions etc, soon turned out to be a soap opera, with tabloid interest, research and revealing stories, as well as fan favourite characters, and the infamous "Nasty" Nigel. All this just pushed the programme further down the "manufactured music" road, which receieves much criticism amongst the music industry, but drives young kids into frenzies of buying singles, albums, and other merchandise, making the untalented few millionaires overnight. I say untalented, which, in my view, most pop groups are. It doesn't take much to scream into a microphone and then have the output digital remixed, revamped, and made to sound like the voice of an angel. OK, there are some talented singers in pop groups, as we were promised with Hear'Say. They were to be the first group to sing live all the time, without miming. At their first gig, the group, Noel, Danny, Suzanne, Kim and Myleene, who were all household names after the long series, mimed their way through a selection of their recordings. Outrage sparked, but they redeemed themselves in the weeks to come, being boosted straight to number 1 with their first single after a month or so of free publicity. There is no denying that this particular group are very talented, and they have been carefully selected, but less can be said about most of their chart rivals, who may not be able to sing as well as Hear'Say, but with the aid of technology, their singles will be just as good. Thanks

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                    30.10.2001 02:08
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                    You wouldn't believe it would you. As Hear'say are trying to squeeze the last penny out of a few unsuspecting punters ITV are already lining up their replacement in the form of a one wo(man) army called Pop Idols. A shout from the left, a shout from the right, a cover here and there and the now obligatory solo spots - we've all seen the well rehearsed formula before. You start to question if Hear'say really have that X factor to make them stand out from the crowd and as the show drags on tonight you can only hope they'll put the sorry story behind them. The only saving grace tonight comes in the form of Noel Sullivan (the man most women would like to see naked apparently and just as likely the man most men would like to see naked) who really could do without the four monkeys behind him. Ultimately he's more Mark Owen than Robbie Williams - I mean could you ever imagine Noel going down the rock & roll route to hell? No, I don't think so!!! On the other hand you have the man we all love to mock - Danny. I mean when one word sums him up - Shrek - little else really needs saying. Vocally I can't fault him except for the fact he bellows like a boy band Ian Brown or even less significantly Danny Embrace. I think the phrase only his mother could love him is apt!!!! The girls are great if only for the fact its so obvious that they all hate each other with a vengeance. There's the well documented fighting between Mylenne and Kim while Suzanne just seems bewildered by the whole spectacle. Suzanne does a superb Madonna on "Express Yourself" while Kim settles for the karaoke standard "How Do I Live Without You?". The latter perhaps slightly sinister when you take into account she's using her own kids for a set piece manoeuvre at a pop concert. None of us are above a bit of tabloid journalism but there comes a point where you have to say no. Ultimately the show fails purely on the fact that they ar e still just five ordinary people who happened to win a very public talent show. There's no mystery, no pizzazz and above all nothing at all to get excited about. With top notch entertainment by S Club 7, Westlife and Five at this very venue recently Hear'say really do need to pull out all the stops next time. Alex McCann

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                      29.09.2001 17:40
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                      Here'say to give them credit have produced one catchy number.. which is pure and simple. I say this because i often find myself singing to it. However THe band as a whole just dont make it in any sense. Okay i have to admit i hate manufactered bands. Come on? What is the point of have people that can't write music, can't play music and often can't even SING music dominating the industry?? Somebody will probably email me now and tell nme that one of the band members has grade 4 harp and the boy's both play guitar. I DONT CARE!! They flunked there way into the music industry and even though there first single was okay... the rest so far has been pretty talentless and bad.

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                        12.09.2001 05:01
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                        We saw it from the start, and I doubt it'll be long before we all see the finish of Hear'say. Hear'Say themselves, and the whole popstars bundle, is just a conclusive experiment that once and for all proves the sorry state of chart music today. Five people, selected, for being slightly better at singing than everyone else who turns up, are made into a band, given a song, shown a dance, and go straight to number 1. We all know that they're frauds, we say them from day number 1, what are they called again? Right, here they are, one by one: Noel: The effeminate choirboy, needs to go home to his mum. Really doesn't have the personality to be a popstar, and let's face it, he's going to spend all his money on sandals and sherbet dips.. Kim: The bar singer. Yep, she's got a great voice for a bar singer, if you like that sort of thing. They picked on her so much to tell her to lose weight so that she'd "look better" and then they went and did that to her hair? are they having a laugh? When she sings, I can't help thinking she's Vic Reeves from shooting stars.. sorry.. but it's true Danny: Possibly the most annoying person ever. That huge pugly grin from ear to ear. His voice really grates me, but you guys listen to it? It really stands my teeth on edge.. Myleene: With the award for the most mis-spelled name ever (I think I'm probably chalking one on her board there), she is the member of the group who actually has a lot of talent. It's just a shame that she is a talented musician, because all that instrumental talent is completely wasted in hearsay, well do you ever see her playing the piano anymore? Suzanne: Worst make-over award goes to Suzanne, I'm sorry, but I really don't know how they managed to make her look so daft, it must have blown most of their budget; £15 : Sandwiches £20 : Petrol £1.50 : Costume made from coal sacks £3.5million : Making Suzanne look worse £20 : Kiddies toy to distort voices to add "hip and trendy" effects to some of their "music". I think they really got that budget wrong.. There are some amazingly good bands out there who are not getting the recognition they deserve, while HearSay are hogging the limelight. They don't sound good, they don't fit in with each other, and "Hearsay it's Saturday"??? with the "Hearsay comedy wall"?? Who's idea was that? It was probably the same man behind Noel's House party. His current projects include "60 minutes of variations of the chicken crossing the road joke" and the fabulous gameshow "Happy family snakes-n-ladders tournament challenge" Yes, I enjoyed popstars, because it was funny that people were so bad. I laughed out loud at the guy quietly reciting the lyrics of "Robbie Williams - Angels" in a monotonour drawl. I snickered at the antics of Darius and his lovely rendition of Britney Spears, but when they made HearSay into a band? When they released single after single of mindless, re-released, over-hyped stale shallow trash? I'm sorry.. but that's one joke too far, and I just don't get it... Cheers anyway HearSay boppers. Jack

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                          09.09.2001 18:48
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                          Anyone who watched the last Patrick Kielty show of the series will know how far some people will go to be famous. Setting up auditions for a band called 'MimeStars', people were encouraged to come along with a hairbrush and mime to their favourite song. Needless to say, the results were far more enjoyable than those of the Popstsars programme. I frankly don't care what their songs are like (but I'll get to them in a minute), I just disagree with such an obviously manufactured band on moral grounds. I know that most 'pop' bands now are churned out and handed some lyrics before they go on stage, but to be so blantant about it is frankly nauseating. Fortnuately, I never watched the Popstars show. I've never bought a Popstars - sorry - HearSay CD. Some may say that doesn't qualify me to judge them. But I say: 'Have you heard them sing?' Their first song, Pure and Simple, was a blatant rip off of to very successful songs. The verse tune was lifted entirely from the All Saints song 'Never Ever', and the chorus was simply the tune from Oasis' 'Around the World'. Listen to it, trust me, and you'll hear it. Bands work hard to get together, get enough money for instruments, and struggle to get a record deal. The fact that anyone can walk into an audtion to 'be a popstar', is just ludicrous. What's next? FootballStars? They're all pretty ugly too, just to throw that one in. Sorry if anyone disagrees. I recently heard them singing on that Saturday night programme they've got (they've got a Saturday night programme! Has the world gone mad?), and not one of them was in tune! Were they chosen for their singing talents, or were they just the best of a bad bunch? Mimestars represented how far today's society would go to be famous. But there is a serious side, too. Many school children have been swindelled out of money by compa nys claiming to make them 'popstars', and surprise, surprise, it was all a fake. People are told by programmes like 'Popstars' that they have to be famous - whatever the cost. HearSay, Gone Tomorrow...

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                            03.09.2001 22:51
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                            Hear'say are probably the most talked about group of the year...and they didn't keep it a secret that they are a big maufactured band... the band consists of noel, danny, myleene, suzanne, and mother of two, kym. the band became famous after a television show auditoned thousnads of wanna be popstars. they were chosen by 3 judges...the one with the dodgy hair, nasty nigel... i have to say that i did think that suzanne would get into the band, and noel but i wasn't sure about the other ones... i'm glad other wanna be darius didn't get in tho cos he was a total idiot... their debue single and their debut album were very sucessful after they reached no.1 but have they already reached the climax of their career... ...lots of people were sinical of the band because they were soooo publically maufactured. would they last, one hit wonder?...nobody knew, and they still don't to be honest! lots of rumours have hit the papers about certain members of the band. Suzanne pictured nude while changing, was it her or was it just coincedance that the naked girl in the photo had the same tatoo in the same place! and danny, did he have an affair with an olde woman...only he knows... well, i hope i haven't been too hard on the band as i admire each and every one of them for their musical ability and wish them all the luck for the future... i am new to dooyoo...please leave a comment! thankyou and goodnight!

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                              24.08.2001 14:49
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                              Popstars, the show the nation was glue to the tv watching. It was the show that ran auditions to start up a new pop group. The judges loved some of the group as soon as they met them. The final 5 that made the group were Noel, Mylene, Kym, Danny and Suzanne. As soon as their first single Pure & Simple was released everyone new it was a sure hit, but some comments were made from people saying it was only because of the show and afterwards they'd be nothing. The first single got to number1 as was predicted but then the second single Show Me The Way To Your Love also got to number1 after the Popstars craze was over. Hear'say felt that had proved all those comments to be wrong. After the single Pure & Simple an album was released, that was also a hit in the album charts. I think the album is good and better than I'd expected it to be, although only one or two songs were written by them the rest werent, the album was finished in a week. I thought that only a week to make an album was a bit rushed and I thought it would be rubbish. I was surprised when I heard the songs I really liked them and the other good thing was for once it was moe upbeat and only 1 or 2 ballads but the rest fast disco sounds. The album line up is this Pure & Simple-an R&b sound with a nice soft sound, number 1 material Show Me The Way To Your Love-a nice sort of ballad with an upbeat background, it starts quite slow then builds up One Step Closer-some of this was written by kym and danny. It has a slower sort of sound not really fast, it has a good beat and is quite nice Another Lover-this is quite fast and a good beat like most of the songs on the album. One-this has a good background beat and I like this one, it is a good tune Not The Kind-this is a great song one of my two favourites on the album, nice beat and nice song I could dance to this Make It Happen-this is a good disco beat song, Mylene takes th e lead on this song, my other favourite on the album also written by mylene, danny and susanne Breathe-this has a pop sort of sound but it's good and great beat yet again Carried Away-this is a sort of ballad but gets a bit faster it's nice Sweet Alibi-this has a weird sound but I like it, it buids up and has a good sound I Didn't Want You Anyway- This has a slow start but the chorus is fast and the song then gets more upbeat Colourblind-This has a good fast beat to it and I like it, as soon as I heard it I liked it Love Will Never End-this is a slow sort of ballad Monday Monday-this must be the song of the series Popstars everyone should know the old song by now Bridge Over Troubled Water-this is a nice slow song to end of the album with This album is great and Hearsay have impressed me. I think the album is more for the younger crowd but some adults might like it as well if you're a pop music person.

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                              21.08.2001 16:35
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                              Today, as we all know, Pop is an Industry. In my opinion Hear'Say are breaking the rules of this industry. What I'm going to write is an opinion on them as a band, not on their album (although I will mention one or two songs....there are plenty of ops which give a run down of these.) Some ops that I have read have really put Hear'Say down and have annoyed me. So I'm coming out in defence of this band. Having watched the lasted few episodes of 'Popstars', I was drawn to the personalities involved. They are young (yes I come into the over 25 bracket), excited by the whole experience, and, more importantly, human. For those that didn't watch the episode, there was a part where Nasty Nigel commented on Kym's weight, implying that she had to loose a few pounds to be acceptable for the band. She flew all over him. Good on her. She in the next episode explained why she had reacted in this way. She in the past has had an eating disorder, and it this disorder came about by trying to be what society expects people in 'show business' to look like, slim and beautiful. She was angry because of the message this was sending out to younger viewers. Good on her. Some ops have implied that they are not sexy enough and that is what the pop industry is about! WHAT!! OK, in a tiny way, I understand that arguement. The industry want the 'viewers' to be drawn to the members of the band, to find them attractive to try and increase sales, but it takes all sorts. What makes someone attractive? To me, each of the bands characters shine through. Danny has a fantastic smile and is just so grateful for this opportunity. All of them are enjoying the experience and come across so genuinely, that this, in my eyes makes them attractive. Surely, we are not going to go along with the Pop Industries model of everyone having to look one way?! I believe that the music industry sh ould be about the music itself, and the voices singing. I love listening to Madonna, but hate watching her perform, but it doesn't stop me from buying her music. Hear'Say CAN sing. Each voice is individual and they are learning to compliment each other. When they perform, they want to sing live. This, through nerves, can cause being out of tune. They will get better at singing live as time goes on. However, remember seeing their first interview with the press? Hear'Say were asked to sing. Immediately, unaccompained, the burst into 'Bridge over Troubled Water'. The harmonies were spot on and sent shivers down my spine. This takes skill, and the ability to sing! 'I doubt if the Spice Girls could have done that', was a comment from one of the reporters. He was so right. Which Pop artists have survived over the years? Those with musical ability, those whose voices that are able to carry the music. I am looking forward to their next album when the music will be theirs to see what way they are going. If we give them a chance rather than just have the attitude of 'another manufactured band', they might go far.

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