The Official Sport Relief song of 2004! Somehow, it seemed to completely escape the person responsible for making the decision that Some Girls was almost all about the perils of the casting couch and ambition. "You can get what you want...you might just have to get down on your knees...but, hey, champagne!" is perhaps not the right message for a charity to be sending out. Or maybe the sparkly schaffel beat won out over the lyrical content. Anyway, the single was a hit, entering at Number 2, saving Stevens' career after lacklustre sales on her first album, "Hunky Dory". For a moment, it looked like she was going to be one of the UK's biggest pop stars of the decade.
She never managed to capture the moment ever again (and you could make a decent argument that Richard X never managed to top this work, either), and her second album, despite being adored amongst the Internet Popist crowd, failed miserably. Rachel Stevens went off and did a successful run on Strictly Come Dancing, though the fates conspired to leave her the runner-up once again. Pop is a cruel mistress.
Do seek out the Richard X Extended Mix, which makes the links back to 70s glam rock even more explicit. Twice as long and almost twice as good!
[Album: Funky Dory]