Anglo For Your Ear: Steps’ “Stomp”

There’s good pop (Robyn, Girls Aloud, Pet Shop Boys, etc.), and then there’s really sh*tty pop, which can be kinda good if it’s really sh*tty. In the world of crappy pop bands, pre-fab ABBA wannabes Steps were pure methane-producing dung. The dance routines were laughable, the songs were insipid, and the hairdos…well they simply were ghastly. (Singer Faye Tozer has grounds for a lawsuit for the greasy braids she’s saddled with in the above video.)

Which means they were delicious camp. But, in 2001, they shocked people with an album that wasn’t half-bad and produced a No. 1 single with the disco tune, “Stomp.” Yes, the dancing is horrible in the video – they even do that little arm-rolling move unironically – but the song’s so infectious that you’ll be too busy groovin’ to notice.

Steps - Best of Steps - Stomp Download Steps’ “Stomp”

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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