Peak UK Chart Position: #5 in February 1993.

This performance is epic beyond all proportions. More about that later though; this was the Walthamstow lot’s third chart hit – following from the powerful “House Of Love” and the slightly less memorable “Gold”. Indeed, the lowly number 28 that “Gold” achieved would be their lowest peak, and only occasion they failed to make the top twenty.

John Hendy and Terry Coldwell are the surviving members from the original quartet. These days they perform with vocalist Robbie Craig – to an audience of only 30 on one occasion in Dublin last year.

Tony Mortimer formed the group in 1991, after presenting some of his own material and subsequently gaining a record contract with London Records. The caveat attached required him to enlist other members, and together with Hendy, Coldwell, and Brian Harvey (42 today), East 17 were born. Their biggest hit, and only UK number one, was the Christmas chart-topper “Stay Another Day” from 1994.

To the performance in question, then. In fact, they performed this twice on the Pops – dressed as devils in¬†the second performance – but this one from January 28th sees them… well, on a set disguised as a swimming pool. Sort of. With a mermaid. And bubbles. And some interesting hairstyles. And moves. I’m probably not doing it justice, so best to enjoy it yourself. Live rapping from Mortimer, as “the sponge the sponge the sponge that wets you down”…

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