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      25.04.2002 16:27
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      due to the recent split of the great band, many of us have been wondering if pop is still alive. as a matter of fact it is, we already see that westlife has kept pop ahead in the charts, and the pop idol himself has (will young) and of course garath gates, and next week we will see if the sexy holly valance will take the number one spot with a cover version of the turkish song kiss kiss. as for steps we now Know that h and claire have reliesed a song called dj, it a stonking song and will still be able to keep the vibe of the pop sensation steps. as for faye she has no colaborated with oprea singing sensation russel watson, (if u like faye u can see her in the video with just her bra on!!!! sexy.) hopefully we will see lisa scott lee take to the next podium but now we will see her with her brothers ant, andy and ste 3SL. but 3Sl are abit under water, there single take it easy got to number 11, so all u pop fans if u want to see pop live then support them fully by buy their singles and supporting them as much as u can.

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        01.02.2002 17:32
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        Please come back Steps you where and still are the greatest pop attraction this side of the atlantic has to offer! Steps started off on a one single deal to try and cash in on the temporary phenomenom that was line dancing. "5,6,7,8" was such a hit that the group wereoffered a mojor recording contract. It was in fact the highest selling song ever to not go into the top 10! Along came Step one-surely a classic album-which included the hits 5,6,7,8, heartbeat, last thing on my mind and the anthem that was one for sorrow!This song capilulated them to the amongst the top pop starts in Britain and it also saw them become the gay communities favourite band. The second album also sold well and featured many hits included Tragedy and deeper shade of blue. My fav track was After the love has gone, a track which was probably the most underrated steps track off all time! That was probably the height of steps ania although tracks such as "its the way that you make me feel" kept them firmly in the public eye. Despite months of denails steps finally announced quite badly on boxing day that they where to spilt and end such a popular and successful movement. Claie and H are contiue as a duo although whether they succeed is another question. They may not have been everyones cup of tea but they where the greatest band for many and long may they live forever in out hearts!

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          31.12.2001 00:40
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          I was sad to hear that Steps have split up. I wasn’t really a fan but I think it will be a shame because I don’t really think any of them will actually sparkle or reach number with any solo hit. They will become the forgotten names and when they’re 30 we will say ‘Oh yes Steps. Can’t quite remember the names’. Look at Take East 17 for example. As a band Steps sold a whopping 12 million record with 15 hit singles and 13 consecutive top five hits. ‘Tragedy’ was a really good hit and was the bands only number one hit. The songs seems so cheesy with the dance moving and all that hands movement but it’s good to listen to. It sold 1.2 million copies. Other hits were ‘Better the Devil You know’, ‘Deeper shade of blue’, ‘Love’s got a hold of my heart’, ‘Better Best Forgotten’. These are the songs that I can remember and the lyrics have been good. I am not particularly a fan of bands like Steps but when you have cousins that are, you seen hear the songs quite a few times. The five band members had been together for five years so they’ve done well in that time. I can understand why they might want to leave on a ‘high’ but I do think that there’s still a very good market for bands such as ‘Step’. I think ‘S club 7’ will benefit from Steps quitting. I will probably remember ‘Steps’ not for their music, although Tragedy will be a song that won’t be forgotten especially if you have to listen to it everytime your cousins come over. But, for their bubbly image and smiles. They seemed so happy in each other’s company and that was conveyed to the camera. So here’s my predictions for the band members: -Ian will probably fade away and enjoy his money that he’s made, unless he becomes and entertainer. -Lee could do well in a solo career but I
          don’t think he will be hitting the big times again -Faye could always buy a circus she used to be a magician assistant and if she makes a mistake, it won’t be ‘tragedy’…… -Claire’s a good singer and she could do well as solo -Lisa’s a good dancer because she used to be…..yes you guessed it a dance teacher or she could appear in video’s as a dancer. It’s been fun having Steps around, the children have been entertained with their songs. I don’t think they will be missed that much because there will be another band out next month that will probably take their place. Probably called ‘slippers’…… they have funny names these days. Could you ever thought of a band called ‘Steps’?

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            29.12.2001 03:16
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            It must take something to shake up Sugar Matty O from his self imposed dooyoo slumber but the Christmas sledgehammer that was Steps subtracting from one another was just that bombshell to make my turkey taste that little bit sour. Cynical, me? Less a bombshell then, maybe more of a ripple across pop waters, although to be fair to the shiniest, most anti-controversy set-up in teenybopper history, Steps’ split must have been of such magnitude to make the Boxing Day news headlines. Huw Edwards delivered the breaking story with tears in his eyes himself, unable to comprehend the full extent and implications of such a catastrophe. With there already being enough suffering in the world, hearing that another one of Pete Waterman’s coffer-swellers had jacked it in having gone as clichéd, sorry, as far as they could take the group, could have pushed the pessimist closer to the edge. Imagine that, H let loose in the community all by himself without the aide of the other four permanent grins and smoulders to hold his back. When first hearing these revolutionaries (in the sense they’ve allegedly been the catalyst for a whole hoard of boy-girl bands such as Hear’Say, Liberty…er…A-Teens, Allstars…um…and the Steps tribute band) I genuinely thought Steps were a line-dancing act having started the ball rolling with the nauseous 5678. If they had stayed true to their opening sound, a wedding reception anthem if ever there was one coming across as a very bad mix of Rednex meeting 2 Unlimited, one can safely assume that their careers wouldn’t have blossomed into the 12 million album sales they’d accomplished by the time they’d had enough. Because line-dancing was the in-thing back then, apparently. To be honest I’m not completely up to pace with the order in which Steps’ subsequent releases arrived, but I do know they were giving 911 some healthy competition in the cover version stakes. Unfo
            rtunately Spike and the gang lost by basing their entire careers on becoming social club singers for the new generation. With bonus dance move diagrams promised on every release (you too could boogie like that Lee geezer who does nothing other than pout a lot!), Better the Devil You Know, Chain Reaction and co showed dire unimagination, papered over by spinning about the place and making funny hand movements like a puppeteer on acid. Attempting to make the Bee Gees sound en vogue, Tragedy spawned a whole host of one-liners in the vein of ‘it’s not quite as bad as that’ and ‘does exactly what it says on the tin’ and set dancefloors alight at Butlins nationwide. All covers were annoyingly line and note perfect and seemed to be introduced when there weren’t enough crazy hand jives and body spins to go round for the songs they wrote themselves (ha!). In a mystifying/defining moment, the Channel 4-associated Music for the Millennium showcased that Steps’ Step One was voted as the nineteenth greatest album of all time, pipped by the likes of, well, bands that didn’t have to rely on free dance diagrams as a selling point. Nineteenth of all time? Good grief; presumably the voting was open to under 5’s as well as the cerebrally disturbed thinking ‘crazy-haired’ Faye Tozer was on the same performing plane as little known entertainers like John Lennon and Elvis Presley. Dear oh dear oh dear. Did Steps sound the same all the way through? Save for the odd ballad where they actually had to sit down and perform like adults rather than bounce and skip like agitated e-number munchers, Steps’ singles were so blatantly taken off the production line that you can just envisage Pete Waterman hand-picking numbers off the conveyor belt (by the way, how he has the nerve to slag anyone off on Pop Idol is criminal considering his foray into pop music, the atrocious Road Block with Stock & Aitken in the
            late 80’s, was less a traffic jam than an enormous pile-up.) Then again, sales of 12 million do not lie. I never knew those in infant school were getting so much pocket money nowadays, but there you go. This still remains a pretty impressive statistic as presumably their sound didn’t attract American interest (they’ve got enough musical problems without this lot adding to them), so a UK-based income of such proportions is highly commendable, even if the sales in music deficient countries like Poland, Uzbekistan and American Samoa are less so. The individuality of the collective though was maybe the one thing Steps didn’t completely have going their way. Where as groups like the Spice Girls were recognisable through its particular members (Dropped by its label Spice, Dropped by its label Spice, About to be dropped by its label Spice, Beckham earns all my money Spice and Incredible shrinking Spice), Steps couldn’t really give a sense of individuality just through saying H stood for Hyperactive. Hence, while teenyboppers could roll off the names of the band easily, personality wise Steps were pretty uninteresting. Faye was never happy with her barnet, Claire had impossibly perfect teeth, Lisa obviously didn’t if those enduring train-tracks were anything to go by, H was spotted dating Sonia from Eastenders and Lee appeared in Crossroads for five seconds. Hardly column-inches material. And there’s another thing; when was the last time Steps did something even mildly contentious? Five had punch-ups, Spice Girls had frictions, crikey, even the drummer from Let Loose had a nose job. Steps? Well H stands for Hyperactive – does that count? Performing their routines with brainwashed, almost robot-like precision makes you wonder if Steps were real at all or just pre-programmed by Dr Waterman with the inability to flick a V-sign to the crowd or say that drugs aren’t all that bad. Decidedly not rock n roll, wholesome
            is not even close. Steps claim that they have ended matters while at the top. Of what exactly? Despite their unit-shifting and supposed greatest album of all time, Steps haven’t really achieved too much, there hasn’t been a spectacular seizure of number 1’s, and if they’re basing ‘at the top’ as having won a few Smash Hits awards here and there (best hyperactive group member presumably they scooped every time – he’s just so zany is that H!), then you feel that their departure will be acknowledged but hardly dwelt upon. Lisa, Claire and Faye all hang around the pages of FHM anyway so they’re unlikely to be out of pocket or out of sight completely, so it looks like obscurity for the other two who’s names I’ve forgotten already. What with Steps’ Gold suddenly becoming a must-have to makes this publicity stunt work (somehow this ‘best of’ includes filler no-one’s heard of…well not me anyway), Steps’ retirement was certainly one in the right direction but hardly one that will be backtracked over and over again. And yet it is a sign of the current state of British pop music that such an act can make the 6 o’clock news; war, famine, disease, unemployment, and Steps – who’d have thought it?

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              20.10.2001 03:47
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              Pete Waterman has got a lot to answer for, I mean first off he inflicts us all with Kylie and Jason along with Rick Astley, all of them warbling along to cheesy Pop songs and making millions of pounds from the young kiddywinks pockets, then he betters himself by giving us the abominable Steps. Now don't get me wrong before I start off this review properly, I promise you I'm all for Pop music, heck I even like singers such as Messrs Spears and Simpson (stop sniggering in the back there will you?), I also don't mind bands that are cashing in on a gimmick (well I mind them but that gimmick won't last long will it?), but if theres one group that truely gets on my wick its Steps. A tiny bit of history before we start ranting - how many of you can remember back to their first 'hit'?, Alas I can it was the truely awful '5, 6, 7, 8', their gimmick was that at the time line-dancing was the in-thing (well as in as being practiced by drunkards at office parties), they saw a gap in the line-dancing music and inflicted us with lines such as 'Hoot-Scootching Baby, you're driving me crazy' <sarcastic mode on>, classic lyrics I'm sure you'll agree <sarcastic mode off>, they mildly hit the charts around the position of 15 if my tiny little brain remembers correctly, and the whole world of music fans (note I said music, not unadulterated clap-trap) breathed a sigh of relief as we thought that Steps would give in, but we never reckoned on them releasing an album - the inventively titled 'Steps' came out (if you're going to release an album and title it after the band, do it with a little class JJ72-stylee, instead of having a cheesy grin on the cover, just have the name of the band on the cover and NOTHING else) and gave us such hits as 'One for Sorrow'. Of course as we all know the little kiddywinks lapped it up, they saw this all-miming, all-dancing, no instrument-playing gang of
              musical vandals as the next big thing and thats when the musical world finally started sinking to a new low, all the band had to do was fart down the microphone, invent a dance routine for it (I suggest bending over, dropping your trousers and then a funky little jig for the farting record) and before you knew it Steps were back at number 1 in the singles charts whilst the self-titled album carried on hitting heady heights in the album charts, Music critics from all walks of life were panning their releases and telling the world how awful their (and I use this term loosely) 'music' was, but it didn't matter - Children were buying up anything with the Steps logo on it and once again Mr.Waterman had another hit on his hands. So it was inevitable, Steps released a second album, 'Buzz' (although the title Stepcrapular suits them better), and unlike other acts they didn't have to worry about the stigma of whether their second album would be as good as their first, they were the in-thing, and anyway their first album wasn't any good anyway so why should their second album be any worse?, and yes once again you all know the outcome, covers of the BeeGees 'Tragedy' (which was never worthy of covering in the first place), and so forth were all reeled out as singles, the bands did numourous appearances on TV shows such as Top of the Pops, SM:TV and other kiddy influenced shows all of these appearances meticulously timed to perfection so that they were on your screens as their latest single was released and once again everything they released went straight into the top 3, if not straight to number 1. Now we come to where they are today, with Pete Waterman dumped, they've released their 'Greatest Hits Album' (surely that would be a blank CD), they've covered yet another song in 'Chain Reaction' (which they released as a dual A-Side with a re-release of the spectacularly crappy 'One For Sorrow'
              ) and they're now trying to hit the US market (Kool_Beans_1, cbpotts, cammij and any other american writers avoid them like the plague for you're own good please). Will they succeed well heres to hoping that they won't. But why is it that I detest the 'band' so much?, I mean they're not doing me any harm are they?, they're just making a living out of the cheesy pop music market - its not as if they're going to be considered as classics of this era is it?, or is it? - well look at them, they've had 2 hit albums, nearly all their singles have been released under fan-fares of glory before weaving their way to the top of the charts, they've had countless Platinum Singles and basically they're one of the most successful bands of the late 90's, early 21st Century, so why wouldn't they be seen as one of the top acts of our time? Although its not just that point that makes me dislike the band so much, as you see - its the whole Steps product I dislike - the reason I'm writing this review right now is simply because of watching Rock Profile recently, Jamie Theakston came out with the phrase that probably applies to a high percentage of Steps' fans - 'All you 5 year old girls and gay men set your videos, because heres Steps', and I don't mean to be discriminate, I don't mean to upset anyone by bringing that phrase up, hey if you're a straight male who likes Steps then good for you, may I ask why?, but still - good for you, its just that that phrase sums up the whole offering of Steps to me, its cheesy pop at its cheesiest and to make it worse, they're doing well at it, whenever you see a live performance of Steps (my mind goes back to the video for yet another of their covers - 'Better the Devil you know'), what do you see, 5 people on stage miming along to backing music, prancing around the stage and not an instrument in sight, now you're all going to throw the f
              act that I don't dislike singers such as Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears at me, but at least they sing live, at least they're solo artists so they can have backing groups rather than their own instruments, Steps are portraying themselves as a band, yet not playing their own music, and that ladies and gentlemen is what irks me. Is there anything about them that doesn't make me want to spit bile?, well yes, there is, 2 things, number 1. they're giving happiness to the youth generation of today, number 2. hopefully they won't be around much longer, I'm sure H (don't even get me started on that show-off little twerp!) and the gang will soon enough hang up their dancing shoes and start to let some of the truer musical acts break through, but until then, I'm just going to have to live with them aren't I?, I tell you what - somebody up there must like me to have given us bands like Ash, JJ72 and Weezer to listen to whilst the charts are filled with this non-sensical clap-trap, one day all those Steps fans will learn, this is not Music, the last 3 bands and many other singers/groups are Music but this isn't, and I live in hope that that day will come sooner rather than later.

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                05.10.2001 20:10
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                Steps…………Love The 3 Girls………… I have a confession to make and I am deeply ashamed of myself, I have tried very hard not to let it happen and have even sought professional help but it didn’t help, yes I confess to the fact that I am a big Steps fan….. I have a tape of their hits in my car and get strange looks when I stop at a red light and the car next to me hears the music of Steps, the look of absolute disgust that is fired at me makes me even more determined to beat my addiction. But then the next track plays and it’s “Tragedy” so I start to sing along with it and just give the driver next to me a smile as I know he is begging for the lights to turn green… In work I have a small cd player in the office I work in and since I have started to listen to Steps people have stopped coming to see me. When I go into the canteen or the main office I get strange looks and I know they are all laughing at me behind my back. I can see them whispering as I leave the canteen as I overheard the words “That’s him”… So why do I like Steps, what is the attraction to their music, well personally I think it’s catchy and a bit like the Abba of old. It is usually a cheerful song that you can pick the words of up quickly and therefore easy to sing along with… Steps are of course the three girls, Lisa, Claire and Faye along with the two guys Lee and H. I find them a nice group with a good clean cut image and I think they are a good advert for young kids as a group to look up to… I enjoy the videos to their singles especially the video they did for “It’s the way you make me a feel” which is a cracking little summer song. The video of course was the one they all dressed up in Victorian clothes and the lovely Lisa was sporting the new brace in her teeth, and full marks to her for doing t
                hat as it showed young kids that it can be cool to wear a brace… I love all their songs which include Tragedy, Deeper Shade of Blue, Stomp, Better the Devil you Know and many more. As I said earlier I have been caught singing them all during the course of the day… So the question you are all asking, which girl does he fancy, well that is easy answered, it has to be Lisa. This girl is just so good looking and sexy, loved it when she had the blue streaks running through her head, does that make her a bluehead? The group are definitely going to be making hits for years to come and they are so like Abba except for the extra girl, and I am not complaining about the extra girl. They are mostly followed by a younger audience and as I said earlier it’s nice to see a band like Steps having a good influence on this age group…Although they do attract the odd old fellow as well!! I would say their last album Buzz was the best as it contains my favourite track which of course is “It’s the way that you make me feel”. That single just has a summer feel about it and has to be one of the most catchy tunes that I have heard.. Anyway I have confessed to being a big Steps fan so my secret is out, I feel a weight has been lifted now by this confession to you all. I hope this doesn’t lower your opinion of me and make you all feel that I am sort of weirdo, that’s the last thing I would want you lot thinking….. Thanks for the read, enjoy your weekend and take care ok, keep smiling and don’t let life get you down, as ever your bad taste in music friend online………. Art……05th October 2001………

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                  05.07.2001 00:19
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                  Having written this opinion a while back now, the actual splitting of STEPS has not affected me at all! This opinion was all hyped on how long STEPS were going to last written back in early 2001! Now they have actually split up... StEpS WAS a band of 5 which included Faye, Lisa, claire, Lee and H who had been around for quite a while and finally realised there time was up! I have no right to say that STEPS were a complete failure because they were totally 100% not! They were a sucessful band/group but came and went just like the once famous 'sPiCe gIrLs' but sTePs actually split making their ' long era' actually come to a shooting halt! THE STEPS UPWARDS ================ The group came together in 1997 when there was a competition, all 5 members of sTePs came together together to form the amazing group. The band then released its first single that same year which was named the famous '5,6,7,8' which was a massive first hit for the famous pop group, it became a song that was played at every disco going and still is played at some unbelievably! The single sold around 290,000 impressive copies and became world wide known. Then on the 19th of April 1998 sTePs, 'Last Thing On My Mind' hit number 10 in the charts. It went on to reach an impressive number 6! Then followed their third release, 'One For Sorrow' and there debut album 'STEP ONE'. sTePs were starting well and were making a name for themselves! The group went on and released such sucessful singles as the double sided single, 'Heartbeat and Tragedy', then followed 'Better Best forgotton'. Then sTePs decided to release another album called 'Steptacular' in which the single, 'Love's Got A Hold On My Heart' was released, then followed, 'After The Love Has Gone' At christmas 1999 sTePs released another double sided single, 'Say You'll Be Mine' and 'Be
                  tter The Devil You Know'. sTePs have since released many more songs, I could go on all day naming them, there has been a fair share of releases! sTePs lead a trail to stardom and were VERY successful but when I originally wrote this opinion I asked you all: Are they still at the top spot with other fellow contestants!? (Baring in mind this was back in 2001) THE STEPS DOWNWARDS =================== sTePs were everywhere in magazines, they even had there own TV show. They were on the television and radio non~stop and then it all started to slow down, the groups once head bopping, teenage fans seemed to loose interest and get into the new garage and RnB tracks and sTePs were left with the fans of 5-10 yr olds! I think it was 2001 when sTePs released their last ever album named 'Buzz' and even then things didn't seem to be as buzzed up as they used to be! I think 1 of the last releases the group sung was 'Here And Now' and 'You'll Be sorry' which were A and B side tracks. However there is a song that is occasionally shown on the music channels available on sky or cable showing the band singing a very slow song, I'm not sure of the name of it but this surely was there last release. When I originally wrote this opinion I suggested that bands come and go, they entertain us, earn their fortune and then stop when everyone has had enough and the group has got TOO MUCH money for its own good! I think this has hapenned to sTePs. It isn't just sTePs I'm referring to here, take the sPiCe gIrLs and aLl SaInTs for example, they all hit the top in the charts, then either split or quit! I even reckon popstars Hear'say will only have a couple of years of stardom, the competition for fame is rising constantly and this is one of the main reasons why groups are getting pushed away so easily. stePs should look back at all the great music they've made in the past, they s
                  hould be proud of what they've done and carry on with the rest of there lives as normal as possible but of course NEVER give up on their brilliant vocal talents because that would just be a waste of time and effort! Lets also hope that any sTePs don't go on and release a movie like some stars! That would just truly be a disaster! LoL. This is how I ended this opinion originally back in 2001: I'm sorry to say it STEPS but I think it's time you STEPPED BACK DOWN to where you came from or just face it, you don't have as many fans as you used to! This is what say NOW: I'm glad to say that sTePs came to there senses and called it quits once and for all, they all realised that their time was up finally! I look forward to maybe a few solo hits from the group members themselves but I hope the band never re-unite!? I'm glad the band finished without a huge bust up, that would of just prooved they weren't all they were supposed to be, but that isn't true, they were great (once!?) Thanks for reading this updated review, cheers emmaxXx :0)

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                    27.06.2001 03:03
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                    Why on earth are Steps still selling records? No, don't answer that. I know all about media hype, and the fact that a lot of parents buy their children this drivvle because their little ankle biters are jumping up and down in front of them begging. This band has got to be the worst of all the many manufactured bands doing the rounds just now. Is it just me, or do all their songs sound the same? There seems to be a distinct lack of imagination on behalf of the writers working with Steps. And God, do they always have to be so flipping bubbly all the time. That 'H' guy drives me nuts. No-one should be allowed to be that manic without the aid of drugs. (that's not arecomendation to use drugs, by the way.) They spend almost all of there time on a non-stop touring circuit. Their records don't get to number one anymore, but they're selling enough to keep them in the charts. They're not teenagers. I find it embaressing watching them go through their now tradional individual dance (that every fan must learn )to each song they do. At least some of the other manufactured bands out there change their style from time to time. S Club seven can go from smiley dancy to lovey dovey and back again. This is more of a rant than an opinion. I just wish they would step down and give my poor radio a rest.

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                      29.05.2001 23:27
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                      When are Steps going to stop plagueing our ears with this bubble gum music rubbish, and disappear for ever. All their songs sound the same and they're all as bad as each other. Joke: 'What got 500 legs and no pubic hair?' Answer: 'The front of a Steps concert'. Its pathetic. Steps are basically catering for 8 year old girls and gay men. I just wish they'd shut up. And now, not only have we got Steps, but we have S-Club 7, Hear'say and a whole host of other manurfactured music. When are we going to stop producing this s***? The music charts have been satrurated with total s*** over the past years - and the reason? Little kids have to much money! Parents of Britain for the love of god stop giving your kids pocket money and maybe bands like Steps will shrivel up and die - forever.

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                        1. Why, Why, Why? 2. Why are steps popular? 3. Whats with their dancing? 4. Why, if they can't sing, are they in the charts? All these questions may never be answered properly - they will remain some of lives great mysteries. But I will now attempt to answer these questions. 1. Why, you may well ask. Steps first popped into our lives with their first 'song' 5-6-7-8, which for no particular reason became a hit. The song was terrible, but for some reason we felt the need to see more of them. 2. If you ask me why steps are popular I would say that it is because of the younger generations need for sadism and self destruction. 3. Steps dancing is probably a result of bad timing and choreography. 4. For this question I would refer to a combination of all my answers. Although Steps is a terrible manufactured group, the public will always feel the need to listen to bands like this as it makes them realise how good they really are in comparison.

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                          27.02.2001 03:48
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                          NO!!!!! I cant believe people have respect for such people!!!!! its disgraceful! steps have got to be the most un-individual people on the face of the earth. They are simply a sell-out band, in the industry only to please little kiddies. THEY DONT EVEN WRITE THIER OWN SONGS!!!! this is not the idea of music, people should be respected in the music industry. Steps simply are told what to sing and are taught the latest 'in' fashion dance routine and perform it on some cheesy music video with huge cheesy smiles pretending to be happy but deep down they know that the only audience that they please are 8-year old girls! and they are failures in the music industry because they cannot think of thier own god damn lyrics and please more people than just a select range of little girls and queers. I have more respect for djs who just sit at a keyboard for 5 mins and figure what notes go together and then ad a whistle, a bass drum, a hi-hat symbol and then a scratch here and there, at least they write the music!

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                            25.02.2001 02:32
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                            Steps [Background: Following on from the scrutiny of Black Lace in Dooyoo's music justice system (see earlier opinion: 'In The Dock'), it is now the turn of the ever-popular Steps to take their turn before the Dooyoo jury.] "Court is in session once again, all rise in the presence of his honour Blackjane who will presiding over the case of Musical Taste & Decency vs. Steps." "The charges brought before this court are twofold: Firstly, that Steps have committed a serious crime against music by being manufactured to the extreme, and secondly that they have corrupted the nation's youth by failing to perform live." The Case for the Prosecution: ----------------------------- It is now almost four years since Steps first came into being. In that time they have committed a series of indiscretions in recording studios and concert venues across the land, and today I will be explaining the negative effect that Steps have had on our music industry. First and foremost Steps have brainwashed the minds of our children. Instead of growing up listening to proper music that is played on instruments by musicians, they hide behind the mixing desks of record producers such as Pete Waterman, and more recently Max Martin. Not content with just recording and performing, Steps also host TV programmes, such as 'Steps To The Stars'. These appearances on children's TV are purely and simply to further their aims and to curry favour with the nation's youth. It is true that Steps are not alone in this regard, with the likes of S Club 7 and Westlife equally guilty of some of the same charges that are being considered today. However, Steps appear to epitomise all that is bad about manufactured pop music in a way that no other group is able to. Whatever happened to the notion that a group can come together as a result of school friends practising their ar
                            t. Steps shunned the 'natural' career path of a music group and instead were brought together following an advert in music trade paper 'The Stage'. Five unknowns, who did not even know each other, were selected to sing a dire line dancing/pop crossover track that was unleashed upon an unsuspecting public in late November 1997. '5, 6, 7, 8' was the archetypal novelty hit, and one which would usually have seen the group sink without a trace immediately afterwards. However, instead of being consigned to the bargain bins, leaving the group forever labelled as one-hit wonders, Steps came back for more. A seemingly endless string of inane sing-a-long hits ensued, culminating in the truly dreadful 'Tragedy', which topped the UK singles chart in early 1999. For a group with such uncertain beginnings to suddenly capture the hearts (and pockets) of the nation's youngsters was in itself unforgivable. However, their next step, huge sell-out concert tours, took matters a stage too far. Children, who did not know any better, pestered their mums and dads to take them to see Steps perform 'Live'. However, little did they know that their trademark dance routines did not fit easily with live singing performances, and hence much of the show was actually on tape. A string of hit singles and millions of seats sold for concerts are no real measure of a group. Success has come easily to Steps, too easily in fact, and much of this success has been under false pretences. I put it to you that Steps are guilty of all the charges brought before them and more. Their happy-go-lucky outlook on life is just a front, and in fact bickering amongst the group is rife. Their career is already waning, so surely we should take the decisive step and banish them from ever disgracing the shelves of our record shops or the stages of our beloved concert venues ever again. The Case For The Defence: <
                            br>------------------------- The music industry is beset by jealous run-of-the-mill musicians who bemoan the fact that their average bands are not able to break into the charts. Steps, under the guidance of their management team of Tim Byrne & Vicky Blood, and notably pop guru and producer Pete Waterman, have made giant strides in the world of pop music over the last four years. Steps do not claim to be the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. They don't claim to be in the same market as Oasis, Blur or Travis. They record pop songs for the entertainment of people of all ages that like good pop music. Steps have now released three million selling albums, and more than a dozen highly successful hit singles. They have also sold well in excess of a million seats for their three concert tours and entertained for all their worth across the length and breadth of this country. To accuse Steps of brainwashing children is absurd and insulting. Steps appeal to music fans of all ages, including parents and grandparents of the generation that they are being accused of corrupting. To accuse Steps of being manufactured is also a harsh accusation. All the five members of Steps, Ian Watkins (H), Lee Latchford-Evans, Lisa Scott-Lee, Claire Richards and Faye Tozer are talented singers. Claire Richards was previously with the group TSD who had a couple of singles that barely charted in the mid-1990s. The other members of the group had no real experience within the music industry prior to Steps, but their talent shines through. Their ability to perform their colourful dance routines has been their trademark and has enabled them to entertain millions, not just in this country but across the globe. Steps will continue to record and perform for as long as there is demand for it ie: for as long as the public still wants them to. When their unique brand of pop music is no longer in demand they will go back to leading normal lives.
                            However, like pop super-group of the 1970s, Abba, do not be surprised if there is a Steps revival in the future. Many mocked Abba in their heyday, but it was not until much later that their true talents were recognised. I beseech the Dooyoo jury to do the sensible thing, and find Steps 'Not Guilty' of the charges brought before them. Music has room for groups of all genres and Steps are merely plying their trade in the same way as all the other acts that compete for the affections of the public. Any other decision would be a travesty of justice. Summarisation: -------------- Once again is down to you, the Dooyoo jury, to decide if Steps are a Frankenstein's monster that went dreadfully wrong. Should they be stopped from ever recording or performing again? Are they in fact the best thing since sliced bread? Is it right that they should go on making their brand of perfect pop for several years to come? The choice is yours. Make your vote count by leaving a comment on this opinion, stating clearly whether you believe that Steps are 'Guilty' or 'Not Guilty' of the charges stated at the top of this opinion. Please give your reasoning if it makes you feel any better. {An original Dooyoo opinion © Blackjane 2001}

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                              26.01.2001 00:30
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                              Here we go , now for those of you who read my opinion on Britney spears you'll know that I hate steps so much that I have come to blows over the stupid miming monkeys . This opinion is not about information but just for me to express my undying anger for steps , now all you steps fans out there why do you like them so much , I mean they arent good looking people so you cant even say that one of them is fit , watching mtv today I noticed that the brown haired one (sorry i dont know her name and have left myself open to some serious slagging off now) has got train track braces and they're not even discreet which just makes the group look immature and unprofessional , so I think I may have waffled on a bit too long but finally the songs they sing could be written by my 5 year old cousin ,they have terribly catchy tunes reminding me of that annoying wannabe song by the spice girls and the words arent even difficult to sing again my 5 year old cousin could sing them , thats all fans . look out for my reviews of Mandy Moore and s club 7 in the near future . your loyal subject elgingerio.

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                              19.12.2000 03:12
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                              I used to hate Steps and enjoy criticising their samey songs and false smiles. But my kids loved them. So we bought tickets for their concert in 1999 and they went up to Birmingham to see them live. I managed to get out of going, so my friend took them instead. They all had a brilliant time though and came back full of it. So when another year came round, I decided to give it a try and went off to the Manchester Evening News Arena to see Steps in concert in May 2000. I still wasn't a fan of the group, but thought I'd give them a chance. I went along aged 30 and thoroughly expecting to cringe through a couple of hours of torture, but I was very wrong. The support acts were pretty good - Northern Line, Buffalo G, Daphne and Celeste, then Atomic Kitten who were easily the best. (This is where I first heard Whole Again and loved it straight away.) When Steps finally came on stage, the atmosphere was amazing. I soon got swept away with it all and was standing up, singing and dancing with all the youngsters. They sang nearly all the songs live, proving that they all have pretty strong voices - well, maybe not Lee, but the rest are very good, especially Claire (who has a wonderful voice) and H. It was H who impressed me most during the concert. I find him irritating on TV, but it was quickly obvious that the stage is where he is a complete natural. He exuded charm, charisma, versatility and charm, showing off his circus skills on the high trapeze as well as his usual singing and dancing. The costume changes were slick, the dance routines were energetic and expertly performed (as you'd expect) and the large screen behind provided some nice video effects to enhance the show. Besides the usual songs, each member of the group performed a solo song too, each one very different and geared to their own particular style - which in most cases (especially Faye) is quite a distance away from
                              the poppy Abba-esque style usually associated with Steps. The kids thought it was wonderful and so did I. I am now a convert, a Steps fan and I admit it! I would love to go to another of their concerts and although we have got tickets for Hear'say instead this year, hopefully we will be able to afford to in 2002. Steps' concerts are ideal to take children to, as the group are very aware they represent a large part of their target audience and the show is very child friendly. Steps have a reputation as being the best live act touring at the moment in Britain and after seeing this concert, I can definitely see why. Highly recommended.

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                                17.12.2000 18:00
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                                I saw Steps live last night at Belfast's Odyssey Arena, the first concert to be performed in the new space. It's the second time I've seen them live and in my opinion it was better than the first, which was also excellent. And before you think I'm ten, I'm 19 and thoroughly enjoyed it. There were loads of groups of adults and older teenagers there who seemed to enjoy it as much as I did! SUPPORT ACTS There were three support acts before Steps actually came on and none of them were very high quality. The first were a girl duo called Masai who kept making the audience shout their name - funny because the audience blatantly were not interested. The second were a Westlife clone - 5 Irish members dressed in white singing ballads called InFocus, who again I didn't rate very highly. The third were a group called Girls@play, a Spice Girls clone. Each had a different "job" ie costume, but they did have a rocking final song called "Airhead" which is coming out in January and is well worthy of opening for Steps! RUNNING ORDER / SHOW The tour was called "Steps Into Christmas" and so there was a christmassy theme to the opening number. Two children came on stage in front of the curtain and whispered to the audience that they wanted Steps Dolls for Christmas (hmm, cunning marketing!), whereupon the curtain rose to reveal Steps dressed as dolls inside boxes in front of a Christmas tree backdrop to the opening chords of Tragedy. This is my favourite Steps song and so it was a bit of a disappointment that is was the opener. However, it was an excellent atmospheric opening. The curtain rose to reveal a castle-like set with doors and windows. Tragedy was followed immediately by Better The Devil You Know, another favourite of mine. The audience was allowed to stand up a lot in this concert, unlike the Steptacular tour, which made the atmosphere a whole lot better. It also meant yo
                                u could groove along with Steps especially if you're sad like me and know the dance routines. Steps left the stage then to get changed and the set got ready for Its The Way You Make Me Feel, the new single. For this they wear old-fashioned clothes and do some pseudo-ballroom dancing. Before Steps entered giant lit-up stairs came down mechanically from the back of the stage amd there were opening chords repeated over and over while they got changed. This song was also excellent and a bit of a change from Better The Devil as a slightly slower number. After this the tempo slowed a bit. Members of the band came on stage to talk to the audience and tell them a little about the songs. H was most keen on talking to the audience, always waving and chatting and the younger fans loved him. Each band member performed a solo song eg Lisa did All I Want For Christmas Is You, which she sang live and was excellent at. There was a lot of live singing in the concert which I know a lot of people do not expect from Steps but they were really very good. Other songs performed included Deeper Shade Of Blue for which Steps changed into black outfits and there were lots of flashing lights. They were obviously trying to create a clubby atmosphere which was also evidenced by the quickened tempo of this song, showing that they just don't mime to album tracks. Stomp followed this and it's a great track performed really well. The dace routine was as always very impressive and it was a great moment when the audience all clapped their hands as instructed by Steps. Steps didn't perform 5 6 7 8 (shame, I love that one!) or Love's Got A Hold On My Heart, or Summer Of Love, or last year's christmas song which I've forgotten the name of, but I suppose they couldn't do all their songs and give a preview of their album which was kind of the point. I wasn't so keen on all the product promotion of their album (if you haven't got
                                it, go and buy it kids!) but the band came across as likable characters genuinely keen to be performing. The show closed on a Christmas Melody, again all sung by Steps which was great fun and really appreciated by the audience. I had a really great time at Steps and I would recommend it to any pop fan. My only complaint was that there wasn't an encore - boo!

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