Christmas Compendium Track 46:

Peak UK Chart Position: #19 in December 1989.
Christmas Chart Position: #19

Formed as far back as 1982 in Clydebank, it wasn’t until 1987’s “Wishing I Was Lucky” that Wet Wet Wet tasted success, and since then they have scored thirteen top ten hits, including three number ones – far and away the biggest being, of course, “Love Is All Around” (fifteen weeks at number one and almost 1.9 million copies sold).

Quick facts:

  • “Broke Away” was the second single from Wet Wet Wet’s third studio album “Holding Back the River”
  • It was their seventh single release all told, and the lowest charting (the following four fared worse still, until 1992 number one “Goodnight Girl”).
  • Bassist and vocalist Graeme Clark on how the band chose their name: “At the time it was Duran Duran, Talk Talk – double-barrelled names; we just added on another to confuse people. And we would look outside and see the rain coming down. It did seem quite relevant to Glasgow.”
  • Despite having a definite Christmas feel to it, the song is said to be about obsession with pop stardom and success.

Here’s their performance from 14th December 1989 on Top of the Pops.

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