Guilty plea­sures

Faye Tozer of Steps fame will ad­mit that theirs was a par­tic­u­larly cringey brand of pop – but, as there was then, there is an au­di­ence for it. She talks to Lau­ren Mur­phy

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

There were a lot of fac­tors that came into it. We’d al­ways talked about a pos­si­ble 10-year re­union af­ter we’d split, so that was al­ways play­ing at the back of our minds, I guess. But it was ac­tu­ally purely down to the fact that Sony was go­ing to re­lease our great­est hits al­bum, with or with­out us. And be­cause we’d left be­hind quite im­pres­sive sta­tis­tics and sales and what-have-you, we didn’t want them to just chuck it out and for it to fiz­zle out and no one to know any­thing about it. And that’s when we got back in con­tact with old man­age­ment and peo­ple we’d worked with be­fore, and tried to find out a way of mak­ing the pro­file of the al­bum big­ger. And that’s how the [Sky Liv­ing] TV show came about. I love this ques­tion, be­cause all the sto­ries you hear about J-LO hav­ing her white room and her pup­pies . . . We know for a fact that it comes out of your own pocket. We were wise to that a long time ago. When we first started, Claire used to make sure she had a bot­tle of Lam­brini in a bucket for when we came off stage. Oth­er­wise, [it was] vodka and cran­berry, a few bot­tles of water and fresh tow­els. Noth­ing glam­orous, I’m afraid. We’ve ac­tu­ally had lots of peo­ple who’ve said they’re go­ing to come in fancy dress. It's like go­ing to a Rocky Hor­ror gig: dress up as your favourite mem­ber and come on down! We want it to be a buzzy night for ev­ery­one, so they can come and sing at the top of their voices and dance and em­bar­rass them­selves with an­other 10,000 peo­ple. We’re the ul­ti­mate guilty plea­sure.

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