Peak UK Chart Position: #11 in November 1995.

A big happy birthday to Sarah Cracknell, born in Chelmsford, Essex, who turns 50 today. Since 1991 she has been the lead singer of Saint Etienne, although it was nine years earlier that she had started her career, with a band called The Worried Parachutes. She has also attempted solo success, both before and during her tenure with Saint Etienne, and her biggest achievements were with single “Anymore” (#39 in 1996) and album “Red Kite” (#49 in 2015). She also managed a number 11 hit in 2007 as featured artist on Mark Brown’s dance track “The Journey Continues”.

“He’s On The Phone” also managed a number 11 peak, and for the third time in recent weeks Steve Rodway in his Motiv-8 guise played a large part – by remixing the track “Accident” from an EP entitled “Reserection” (released only in France and Japan), a collaboration between Saint Etienne and French vocalist Étienne Daho, “Accident” itself is a rewritten version of Daho’s 1984 French-language hit single “Weekend à Rome”, with original English lyrics. Daho’s spoken-word vocals are from the Reserection opening track, “Reserection”.

Here’s their pairing, as performed on Top of the Pops on November 9th 1995 – a show hosted by comedian Lee Evans – and not the finest quality clip, as sadly YouTube won’t let me upload my copy.

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