‘Chain Reaction’ took all the core Steps elements and shoved a rocket up their arse, resulting in one of the group’s most brilliant – and bonkers – moments.
Lisa Scott-Lee’s second solo single ‘Too Far Gone’ was harmless enough – but ended up being embroiled in a disastrous case of record label politics.
Steps released their third single in the summer of 1998. And just like that, ‘One For Sorrow’ was the moment everything fell into place for the group.
In their quest to score an elusive top ten single, 3SL adopted the tried-and-tested strategy of covering a big US hit that was relatively unknown in the UK.
‘When I Said Goodbye’ saw Steps fulfil the obligation that every pop act must release a ballad once per album – even if no-one really wanted them to.
‘Last Thing On My Mind’ arguably lay the first stone for Steps to become a serious pop act – well, as serious as they were ever going to get.
After sailing through the ‘difficult second album’ phase of their career, Steps were now in largely uncharted territory with their third album Buzz, having extended their predicted shelf-life by, well, three albums.