1. Ann Lee: This was a world where Moloko and Sophie Ellis Bexter were the big dance-floor hitters. And of course in the madness of Technicolor jungle pants and butterfly hair clips there was a place for the bubblegum sweetness of ‘2 Times’… But decades slip away and where is Ann Lee now? Probably being called for a ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ line-up.
2. Ian Van Dahl: They ranged through the big questions- Do they build castles in the sky? Can euro-pop ever have more than one hit in the mainstream UK charts? They answers to the above questions are no and yes- Basshunter.
3. Meredith Brooks- She was everything. A bitch, a mother, a child, a lover, a sinner, a saint and she didn’t need to change. I think this was an attempt to vocalise a long-burning feminist attitude in Brooks… It’s just a pity no one told her to get on in the pop biz you have to have your tits out and your wits about you like the Pussycat Dolls back catalogue taught us.
4. Lolly- It all comes screaming back- the sixth birthday party of a girl in Primary School, the jelly being projectile vomited and the over-hyped voice of Lolly punching the air with her vocal range: ‘OH MICKY YOU’RE SO FINE! YOU’RE SO FINE YOU BLOW MY MIND! HEY MICKY!’. She only added to the madness.
5. Daphne & Celeste- Actually, to be fair to these girls they had a range of hits. Their cover of Alice Cooper’s ‘Schools Out’ was an eye watering attack on goul-goth gone pop. However, it is their way with words which sticks out in the mind ‘Ooh, stick you- yer momma too and yer daddy!’. Say it with me now: Lyrical Genius.