If you don’t quite recall the super cheesy awesomeness of British pop act Steps, let us catch you up: they racked up over a dozen ABBA-esque Top 5 UK hits in the late ’90s and early ’00s (including a chart-topping cover of Bee Gees’ “Tragedy”) and had choreographed dance moves that went along with each of those songs, the instructions for which were printed inside their CD singles. That said, the quintet failed to make much of an impression in the States, save for their opening slot on Britney Spears’ very first US tour in 1999. But surprise — they’re back!
Steps — aka Claire Richards, Faye Tozer, Ian “H” Watkins, Lee Latchford-Evans and Lisa Scott-Lee — have reunited after 10 years for the four-part Steps Reunion series that’s currently airing on Britain’s Sky Living. This all coincides with their 20-song Ultimate Collection (out October 10 overseas), which gathers up their 19 singles released between 1997 and 2001, and tacks on a newly-recorded cover of “Dancing Queen,” the biggest hit by their main inspiration ABBA.
Was the cover necessary? Hardly. Is it good? Listen for yourself below. Are we hoping some original material comes out of this reunion? You don’t even have to ask.
Steps — “Dancing Queen”
Sigh. This actually makes us just want to listen to Steps’ two masterpieces, “One For Sorrow” and “It’s The Way You Make Me Feel”: