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Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
are a Scottish band formed in 1982. They scored a number of hits in the UK charts and around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. The band is composed of Graeme Clark (bass, vocals), Tommy Cunningham (drums, vocals), and Neil Mitchell (keyboards, vocals). Lead vocalist and founding member Marti Pellow
Marti Pellow
quit the band in 2017. A fifth, unofficial member, Graeme Duffin (lead guitar, vocals), has been with them since 1983. The band were named Best British Newcomer at the 1988 Brit Awards.[5] They are best known for their 1994 cover of The Troggs' 1960s hit "Love Is All Around", which was used on the soundtrack to the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. It was a huge international success and spent 15 weeks atop the British charts. The week before it could have equalled the record for the longest-standing UK number-one single, held by Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", it dropped to number two. Pellow left the band to go solo on 28 July 2017.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Formation and early years: 1982–1987 1.2 Commercial success: 1988–1996 1.3 Subsequent releases and break-up activities: 1997–2003 1.4 Reformation: 2004–present

2 Discography 3 References 4 External links

History[edit] Formation and early years: 1982–1987[edit] The quartet formed at Clydebank
Clydebank
High School in Clydebank, Scotland, in 1982, under the name "Vortex Motion", mostly playing covers of The Clash and Magazine. "It was either crime, the dole, football, or music — and we chose music," said Tommy Cunningham. Clark and Cunningham met on the school bus and became close friends. Mutual friend Neil Mitchell, prompted by his pals' positive attitude, promised to supply keyboards when he could scrape together enough money from his paper round. To complete the quartet, Clark approached Mark McLachlan, who at the time was training to be a painter and decorator. He said, "At break we all went behind the kitchen for a fly smoke, and there in the corner was this quiet kid who said very little, but when he sang, everyone listened."[6] It was sometime in 1983 that Graeme Duffin joined Wet Wet Wet. He was previously in a Glasgow-based band called New Celeste
New Celeste
and recorded two albums with them High Sands and the Liquid Lake (1977) in Holland (with sleeve notes by Billy Connolly) on the Universe label and On the Line (1979) in Berlin on the Hansa Records
Hansa Records
label. The band combined folk, rock and jazz players.[7]

"At the time it was Duran Duran, Talk
Talk
Talk
Talk
– double-barrelled names; we just added on another to confuse people. And we would look outside and see the rain coming down. It did seem quite relevant to Glasgow."

—Graeme Clark on how the band chose their name, March 1987[8]

With the line-up complete, rehearsals took place in Mrs. Clark's kitchen. They rehearsed for about two years, working on song producing and writing skills. They eventually made their live debut at Glasgow's Nightmoves venue. At this gig they met Elliot Davis, who would become the band's manager. The band name Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
was chosen from a line in the 1982 Scritti Politti
Scritti Politti
song "Gettin' Havin' & Holdin'" ("it's tired of joking... wet, wet with tears"),[8] and McLachlan changed his name to stage name "Marti Pellow". Their first professional gig was a New Year's Eve show at Glasgow's Barrowland.[9] David Bates signed the band to PolyGram
PolyGram
in 1985. One of the first demo songs they did was "Wishing I Was Lucky". When the band took the demo to Bates in late 1986, he discarded it as a poor effort. The band decided at this point that they could no longer work with him. Six months later, the band and their new A&R Manager, Nick Angel, released the single, and it reached number six in the UK singles chart. "I was in a queue in a fish and chip shop in Glasgow when it came on Radio Clyde," Cunningham remembers. "I felt like shouting to everybody, 'That's me and my mates!' It was an incredible feeling I've not forgotten."[10] The parent album, Popped In Souled Out, also became a hit and produced three more hit singles, namely "Sweet Little Mystery", "Temptation", and "Angel Eyes". They supported Lionel Richie on his UK tour. Commercial success: 1988–1996[edit] In 1988, Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
scored their first Number 1 hit with a cover version of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends", recorded for the charity ChildLine. Another Beatles song, "She's Leaving Home", was equally-billed on the flip side, performed by Billy Bragg. In the same year, an album - entitled The Memphis Sessions - was released from their spell in the United States prior to hitting the big time. The following year the band released their third album, Holding Back the River (a follow-up to Popped In Souled Out), which was also a success and produced the hit single "Sweet Surrender". The album was well-received, relying more on strings and other classical arrangements. At the end of 1989, the band appeared on the Band Aid II charity single. In 1992, the band released a fourth studio album, entitled High on the Happy Side, which spawned the Number 1 hit single "Goodnight Girl" - the only self-penned chart-topping single they have had to date. The song proved something of a saviour, as the previous two single releases from the album had failed in the singles charts, although the album sold well. In total, five singles were released from it. The following day saw the release of a special-edition album, Cloak & Dagger released under the alias "Maggie Pie & The Impostors". "Maggie Pie" was Marti Pellow, and the "impostors" were (on album cover, clockwise from top left) Neil Mitchell, Graeme Duffin, Tommy Cunningham, and Graeme Clark. The band's first greatest-hits package, End of Part One, was released towards the end of 1993. The eighteen-song selection included "Shed a Tear" and "Cold Cold Heart", which were recorded with Nile Rodgers
Nile Rodgers
in New York City
New York City
especially for the album and released as singles. In 1994, Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
had their biggest hit, a cover version of The Troggs' single "Love Is All Around", which was used on the soundtrack to the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. It was a huge international success and spent 15 weeks atop the British charts. The week before it could have equalled the record for the longest-standing number-one single, held by Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", Pellow insisted on its deletion because he wanted to focus on getting their next album, Picture This, finished.[11] However, even after its deletion, there were still enough copies in the shops to get the song to number 2 in its 16th week, finally knocked off the top spot by Whigfield's debut single "Saturday Night". In any event, it remained in the Top 40 for the remainder of the year. In the official UK best-selling singles list issued in 2002, it was placed 12th. "Love Is All Around" also featured on the 1995 album Picture This, their sixth, which also spawned the hit single "Julia Says" and "Don't Want to Forgive Me Now". The album, although well received by critics, would ultimately live in the shadow of "Love Is All Around". In 1995, they became the shirt sponsors of their hometown football club, Clydebank
Clydebank
F.C..[12] Subsequent releases and break-up activities: 1997–2003[edit] During the rest of the 1990s the band maintained a strong UK following, although success in the singles charts became more sporadic. Their seventh studio album, 1997's Ten, celebrated the group's decade at the top. After the tour in support of 10, things turned sour over a dispute about royalty-sharing. Revenue from the group's songwriting had been a four-way equal split. Cunningham turned up for a routine band meeting, only to discover that the other three members wanted to revise the policy, paying the drummer a lesser amount. Cunningham instantly quit the group saying that the band had run its course and that the band was no longer a healthy place to be. In 1999 Pellow also quit the band, to focus on getting himself healthy again after succumbing to a debilitating alcohol and drug addiction.[13] Pellow succeeded in kicking his habits, and returned to the public eye in 2001 with his debut solo album, Smile. Reformation: 2004–present[edit] In March 2004, the band cautiously reformed in order to work on an eighth album. A single entitled "All I Want" was released in November 2004 from the band's second Greatest Hits, released a week later. They undertook a successful tour of the UK the following month. In July 2005, Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
played at the Summer Weekender festival in England, and were one of the headline acts at Live 8 Edinburgh in Scotland. On 31 December 2006, Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
were the headline act for Aberdeen's Hogmanay
Hogmanay
celebrations when the celebrations in all other Scottish cities was held off because of strong winds and heavy rain.[14] They performed thirteen songs in an hour-long set. A single, "Too Many People", was released on 5 November 2007, and its parent album, Timeless, on 12 November. These preceded a sold-out December tour, a taste of which was given at their Newmarket concert in August. In preparation for the tour, the band also announced that they will be playing two intimate dates at zavvi stores in Glasgow and London in November.[15] "Weightless", the second single from the album, was released on 4 February and charted at Number 10, giving them their first top-ten hit in eleven years. In March 2012, it was announced that the band would perform its first concert in over five years, at Glasgow Green on 20 July, to celebrate their 25th anniversary of the release of their debut album, Popped In, Souled Out. In May 2013, UK music promoter Stuart Galbraith of Kilimanjaro Live confirmed a ten date UK tour for Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
commencing in December 2013.[16] On 8 October 2013, Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
announced via their Twitter
Twitter
page that they would be releasing a new Greatest Hits album, Step by Step: The Greatest Hits, on 25 November 2013. The album features three new tracks as well as songs from their back catalogue. On 28 July 2017, it was announced that Pellow had quit Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
to focus on his solo career.[17] Discography[edit] Main article: Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
discography

Popped In Souled Out
Popped In Souled Out
(1987) The Memphis Sessions (1988) Holding Back the River (1989) High on the Happy Side (1992) Cloak & Dagger (1992) Picture This (1995) 10 (1997) Timeless (2007)

References[edit]

^ "Wet Wet Wet: "We're all coming up to 50 now and no-one's died!"". Cambridge News. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.  ^ " Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
tweet their thanks to Carlisle". ITV News. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.  ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (2006). "Wet Wet Wet". Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-531373-9.  ^ Mawer, Sharon. " Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
– Popped in Souled Out". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 27 April 2016.  ^ "1988 Brit Awards
Brit Awards
- Winners". Brits.co.uk. Retrieved 26 January 2014 ^ End of Part One: Their Greatest Hits liner notes ^ "Graeme Duffin". Monique van Spellen. Archived from the original on 14 June 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2008.  ^ a b Snow, Mat (14 March 1987). "I can't stand the rain". NME. London, England: IPC Media: 21–22.  ^ Behind The Smile documentary, 2004 ^ "Chippie made me a super star". Sunday Mail. Retrieved 29 December 2006.  ^ VH1
VH1
to One, 2001 ^ Lindsay, Clive (15 July 2002). "Well dries for the Bankies". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 December 2006.  ^ "Pellow quits Wet Wet Wet". BBC News. 11 May 1999. Retrieved 15 January 2007.  ^ "Fire ceremony marks start of 2007". BBC Online. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 2 January 2007.  ^ Lyons, Beverley (9 November 2007). "Wets To Play Intimate Gig". Daily Record. Glasgow. Retrieved 14 February 2015.  ^ Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
UK Tour Dates Kilimanjaro Live ^ Clarke, Emily (28 July 2017). " Marti Pellow
Marti Pellow
announces Wet Wet Wet departure". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 

External links[edit]

Official website

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Wet Wet Wet

Graeme Clark Tommy Cunningham Neil Mitchell

Marti Pellow

Studio albums

Popped In Souled Out The Memphis Sessions Holding Back the River High on the Happy Side Cloak & Dagger Picture This 10 Timeless

Singles

"Wishing I Was Lucky" "Sweet Little Mystery" "Angel Eyes (Home and Away)" "Temptation" "With a Little Help from My Friends" "Sweet Surrender" "Broke Away" "Hold Back the River" "Stay with Me Heartache (Can't Stand the Night)" "Make It Tonight" "Put the Light On" "Goodnight Girl" "More than Love" "Lip Service" "Blue for You/This Time" "Shed a Tear" "Cold Cold Heart" "Love Is All Around" "Julia Says" "Don't Want to Forgive Me Now" "Somewhere Somehow" "She's All on My Mind" "Morning" "If I Never See You Again" "Strange" "Yesterday/Maybe I'm in Love" "All I Want" "Too Many People" "Weightless"

Live albums

Wet Wet Wet: Live Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Compilations

End of Part One: Their Greatest Hits The Greatest Hits Step by Step: The Greatest Hits

Videos

Video Singles Live Glasgow Green Free Concert High on the Happy Side Wets at the Castle Live at the Royal Albert Hall End of Part One Picture This - All Around and in the Crowd Playing Away at Home The Greatest Hits and More

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Best-selling singles by year in the United Kingdom

1952–1969

1952: "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" – Vera Lynn
Vera Lynn
(UK) 1953: "I Believe" – Frankie Laine 1954: "Secret Love" – Doris Day 1955: "Rose Marie" – Slim Whitman 1956: "I'll Be Home" – Pat Boone 1957: "Diana" – Paul Anka 1958: "Jailhouse Rock" – Elvis Presley 1959: "Living Doll" – Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
(UK) 1960: "It's Now or Never" – Elvis Presley 1961: "Wooden Heart" – Elvis Presley 1962: "I Remember You" – Frank Ifield (UK) 1963: "She Loves You" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1964: "Can't Buy Me Love" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1965: "Tears" – Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
(UK) 1966: "Green, Green Grass of Home" – Tom Jones (UK) 1967: "Release Me" – Engelbert Humperdinck (UK) 1968: "Hey Jude" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1969: "Sugar, Sugar" – The Archies

1970–1989

1970: "The Wonder of You" – Elvis Presley 1971: "My Sweet Lord" – George Harrison
George Harrison
(UK) 1972: "Amazing Grace" – The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Band (UK) 1973: "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" – Tony Orlando and Dawn 1974: "Tiger Feet" – Mud (UK) 1975: "Bye Bye Baby" – Bay City Rollers
Bay City Rollers
(UK) 1976: "Save Your Kisses for Me" – Brotherhood of Man
Brotherhood of Man
(UK) 1977: "Mull of Kintyre" / "Girls' School" – Wings (UK) 1978: "Rivers of Babylon" / "Brown Girl in the Ring" – Boney M. 1979: "Bright Eyes" – Art Garfunkel 1980: "Don't Stand So Close to Me" – The Police
The Police
(UK) 1981: "Don't You Want Me" – The Human League
The Human League
(UK) 1982: "Come On Eileen" – Dexys Midnight Runners
Dexys Midnight Runners
(UK) 1983: "Karma Chameleon" – Culture Club
Culture Club
(UK) 1984: "Do They Know It's Christmas?" – Band Aid (UK) 1985: "The Power of Love" – Jennifer Rush 1986: "Don't Leave Me This Way" – The Communards (UK) 1987: "Never Gonna Give You Up" – Rick Astley
Rick Astley
(UK) 1988: "Mistletoe and Wine" – Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
(UK) 1989: "Ride on Time" – Black Box

1990–2009

1990: "Unchained Melody" – The Righteous Brothers 1991: "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" – Bryan Adams 1992: "I Will Always Love You" – Whitney Houston 1993: "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" – Meat Loaf 1994: "Love Is All Around" – Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
(UK) 1995: "Unchained Melody" – Robson & Jerome (UK) 1996: "Killing Me Softly" – Fugees 1997: "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997" – Elton John
Elton John
(UK) 1998: "Believe" – Cher 1999: "...Baby One More Time" – Britney Spears 2000: "Can We Fix It?" – Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder
(UK) 2001: "It Wasn't Me" – Shaggy featuring Rikrok
Rikrok
(UK) 2002: "Anything Is Possible" / "Evergreen" – Will Young
Will Young
(UK) 2003: "Where Is the Love?" – The Black Eyed Peas 2004: "Do They Know It's Christmas?" – Band Aid 20 (UK) 2005: "Is This the Way to Amarillo" – Tony Christie
Tony Christie
featuring Peter Kay (UK) 2006: "Crazy" – Gnarls Barkley 2007: "Bleeding Love" – Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis
(UK) 2008: "Hallelujah" – Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke
(UK) 2009: "Poker Face" – Lady Gaga

2010–present

2010: "Love the Way You Lie" – Eminem
Eminem
featuring Rihanna 2011: "Someone Like You" – Adele
Adele
(UK) 2012: "Somebody That I Used to Know" – Gotye
Gotye
featuring Kimbra 2013: "Blurred Lines" – Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke
featuring T.I.
T.I.
& Pharrell Williams 2014: "Happy" – Pharrell Williams 2015: "Uptown Funk" – Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
(UK) featuring Bruno Mars 2016: "One Dance" – Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla (UK) 2017: "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
(UK)

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