Peak UK Chart Position: #13 in August 1990.
River City People were a four-piece, hailing from Liverpool. They were formed in 1986, but it wasn’t until 1989 that they released their debut single, the excellent “(What’s Wrong With) Dreaming?”. This was the track to ignite their chart career though, covering the Mamas and Papas classic (up to #16 on this day in 1990) before finally having moderate success with both their debut album and a re-release of their first single.
Lead singer Siobhan Maher also found time in the late 80’s to make her name as a television presenter: on both The Clothes Show and But First This!, a Children’s BBC summer holiday morning programme. Post River City People, she teamed up with the Bangles’ Debbi Peterson to form a duo called Kindred Spirit, who released a self-titled debut album in 1995.
This was a double-A sided single (ha, the memories) – “Carry The Blame” was always billed as the lead track, despite hardly gaining any exposure. At the time, this became the most successful version chart-wise, beating the original by ten chart places – until 1997, that is, when a re-release of the Mamas and Papas version got to number nine (thanks to exposure on a Carling Black Label commercial).
Here, from the 26th July 1990 Top of the Pops, Jakki Brambles brings us the track in question…