Peak UK Chart Position: #8 in December 1989.
A year that was truly imperial for the Stock Aitken Waterman team, where they had the first new number one of the year in Kylie and Jason, and the last in Band Aid II; reviving Donna Summer’s career, providing the Comic Relief single courtesy of Bananarama with French & Saunders, launching the career of Sonia, and even producing for Cliff Richard.
Jason Herbert, Mark Gillespie, and Phil Creswick were on the SAW production line too: Big Fun were launched into the spotlight with their cover of “Blame It On The Boogie” (getting to number four in September 1989), “Can’t Shake The Feeling” was the follow-up. After their appearance on the Band Aid II single, they had two more hits – “Handful Of Promises”, and “You’ve Got A Friend” (teaming up with Sonia for a Childline charity release). All three members are gay, but were prevented from coming out at the time due to the suggestion (from Waterman) that it would ruin their career.
This performance was from the December 7th 1989 edition of Top of the Pops, hosted by (a perhaps overdressed for the occasion) Mark Goodier. Big Fun opened up proceedings, and in a poor week for studio performances, Sydney Youngblood’s “Sit And Wait”, and Jason Donovan’s “When You Come Back To Me” (a forgotten Christmas gem) were also there.
Random fact: Jason Herbert from the group went on to be Geri Halliwell’s manager at Global Talent in 2003/4.