Seeing Double (album)

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Seeing Double
Studio album by S Club
Released 25 November 2002 (2002-11-25)
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop, dance, R&B
Length 1:01:05
Label Polydor
Producer
S Club chronology
  • Seeing Double
  • (2002)
Singles from Seeing Double
  1. "Alive"
    Released: 18 November 2002
  2. "Love Ain't Gonna Wait for You"
    Released: 26 May 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Seeing Double is the fourth and final studio album from S Club. It was the only album to be released under the name S Club, after the group was rebranded when band member Paul Cattermole left the group in June 2002 after his departure announcement in March. It was used as the main musical influence to the film of the same name released in April 2003. Despite good reviews and reception, the album only managed to reach #17 in the UK Albums Chart.

Background[edit]

After Cattermole's departure, vowing to not disband, the remaining six members stayed together under the name S Club. Despite losing a member of the group, the future remained positive as, although they were very sad to see Cattermole leave the group, they were "delighted" to have extended their contracts meaning they could look forward to new material, a new series of their television show as well as their first feature film.[1] However, media reports of the time weren't so optimistic stating that, as neither the Spice Girls nor Take That had survived once they lost a member of their group, it would be difficult for S Club to remain together in an industry which has a "horrible habit of leaving bands in tatters once the first member has left".[2] After only peaking at number-five in the UK charts with Alive, their first single as a six,[3] S Club's positivism was diminished. Although their progressive musical style was once again furthered with the release of their fourth studio album, Seeing Double, it failed to make an impact on the UK charts, stalling at number-seventeen.[4] S Club's time at the top of the charts was slowly coming to an end, and when O'Meara announced that she had an immobilising back condition which could have left her in a wheelchair,[5] and she was unable to take part in television performances, the group was left devastated.

In April 2003, S Club released their first feature film, Seeing Double, directed by music-video director Nigel Dick, which was to be the last time the group would be seen on-screen together. Unlike its television predecessors, the film moved into the realm of children's fantasy, and saw the group fighting evil scientist Victor Gaghan in his quest to clone the world's pop stars. The film's release was marked by many rumours that the group were about to split, which were quickly denied by the six. However, ten days after the release of their movie, the rumours were confirmed when it was announced live on stage—during their S Club United tour on 21 April 2003 – that, after a final single and greatest hits album, S Club would part ways. The band cited a mutual split, expressing it was simply a time "to move on and face new challenges". Many fans felt "betrayed" and "disappointed" by the breakup, as well as "angry" due to the group denying rumours only two weeks before at the Seeing Double premiere.[6] Many compared the demise of the group to that of fellow pop band Steps, as they too had denied their intentions until the moment before their split, after which they were accused of acting out of "greed and cynicism".[6] Since the split, the members of S Club have commented on how exhausting being in the band was, due to hectic schedules and long filming days.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Alive1"   Simon Ellis, Sheppard Solomon Simon Ellis 3:42
2. "Whole Lotta Nothin'1"   Lars Jensen, Martin Larsson, Mick Lister Lars Jensen, Martin Larsson 3:26
3. "Love Ain't Gonna Wait for You"   Simon Ellis, Sheppard Solomon Simon Ellis 3:47
4. "Bittersweet"   Ben Chapman, Lucie Silvas Ben Chapman 3:39
5. "Straight from the Heart"   Henry Binns, Yoyo Olugbo, Henry Binns, Tina Barrett, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Joanne O'Meara, Hannah Spearritt, Rachel Stevens Boo Dan 3:43
6. "Gangsta Love"   Ray Hedges, Nigel Butler, Tracy Ackerman Ray "Madman" Hedges 3:20
7. "Who Do You Think You Are?1"   Cathy Dennis, Jonny Lisners Johnny L. 3:38
8. "Do It Til We Drop1"   Cathy Dennis, Jonny Lisners Johnny L. 3:43
9. "Hey Kitty Kitty"   Stephen Lee, Wayne Wilkins, Avril Mackintosh Sugargang 3:56
10. "Dance1"   Simon Ellis, Sheppard Solomon Simon Ellis 3:24
11. "Secret Love"   Thomas Nichols, Tim Laws, Tina Barrett Tim Laws 3:47
12. "The Greatest 3"   Stephen Kipner, David Frank, Nathan Butler David Frank 3:47
13. "In Too Deep"   Ray Hedges, Nigel Butler, Tracy Ackerman Ray "Madman" Hedges 3:00
14. "Let Me Sleep2"   Michael Rose, Nick Foster, Kim Fuller Rose & Foster 3:25

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Featured in the film Seeing Double
  2. ^ This song was recorded before former bandate Paul Cattermole left the band, and his vocals can be heard towards the final chorus of the song.
  3. ^ This song was originally recorded by American pop group, Scene 23.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "What the band and Paul had to say". CBBC Newsround (BBC). 27 March 2002. Retrieved 17 April 2008. 
  2. ^ Gill, Claire (27 March 2002). "Our view: why has Paul left?". CBBC Newsround (BBC). Retrieved 17 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "United Kingdom Singles Charts - Week Ending 30/11/2002". ChartStats.com. 30 November 2002. Retrieved 19 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "United Kingdom Albums Charts - Week Ending 30/11/2002". ChartStats.com. 30 November 2002. Retrieved 19 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Jo's Not leaving S Club despite back problems". CBBC Newsround (BBC). 28 October 2002. Retrieved 25 August 2007. 
  6. ^ a b Youngs, Ian (22 April 2003). "Fans struggle with S Club split". BBC News (BBC). Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  7. ^ Gonshor, Adam (11 March 2004). "Hannah Spearritt: From S Club to Cody Banks 2". andPOP.com. Retrieved 17 April 2008. 
  8. ^ http://irish-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=S+Club+7
  9. ^ "British album certifications – S Club 7 – Seeing Double". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  Enter Seeing Double in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search