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The correct title of this article is D:Ream. The substitution or omission of the colon is because of technical restrictions.
Origin Derry, Northern Ireland
Genres Pop rock, Dance, Soul, R&B
Years active 1992–1997
Labels Magnet Records/FXU
Sire/Giant/Warner Bros. Records
Website Official Web Site
MySpace Web Site
Members Peter Cunnah
Al Mackenzie
Past members Cian McCarthy
Brian Cox
Mark Roberts

D:Ream is a Northern Irish pop rock and dance group. They had a UK Number One hit with "Things Can Only Get Better" in 1994 as well as eight more top 40 hits. They released two albums, both of which reached the top five. The group had an all-male line-up which varied in number, but mainly centred on lead singer Peter Cunnah. The live band included keyboard player Brian Cox, who is now a professor of physics and a television presenter, though Cunnah normally played keyboards on studio recordings.

Early career[edit]

D:Ream first came to prominence with the euphoric single "U R The Best Thing" in the summer of 1992, an anthemic piano-house tune which did not chart but thanks to a Sasha remix was Pete Tong's Essential Tune of 1992. "Things Can Only Get Better"; released in the spring of 1993, gave the group their first chart success and thanks to the Labour Party election campaign of 1997 became their best known success. "U R The Best Thing" was eventually re-released in April 1993 and gave the group their second chart hit.

Between 1992 and 1997, the period during which they were active, the band released two studio albums (D:Ream on Volume 1 and World), ten different singles (two of which were released three times), and an official greatest hits album (The Best of D:Ream). In 2006, a second collection was released, for The Platinum Collection series.

When D:Ream became famous the main members were Peter Cunnah (vocalist, songwriter), Al Mackenzie (musician) and Cian McCarthy (sax), although later the group would become a one man band, exclusively centred upon the singer. Another member, Brian Cox, played keyboards for several years in D:Ream, while studying for his physics PhD degree. Mark Roberts played drums. The group also used a number of guest vocalists – such as T.J. Davis, who is featured as co-lead vocalist on "The Power (Of All the Love in the World)", one of the singles taken from their second album, as well as providing backing vocals on many other songs.

The band's first album, D:Ream on Volume 1, which was promoted for almost two years, produced seven singles ("Star" and "I Like It" came on a joint release as a double A-side). It was the track "Things Can Only Get Better" that gave them UK success and international fame. After supporting Take That on their tour, "Things Can Only Get Better" topped the UK Singles Chart, in early 1994. Originally released in late 1993, when the track reached Number 24, it was later adopted by the UK Labour Party as their theme for the 1997 UK General Election, and consequently released for the third time, this time getting to Number 19. Despite this, the group's record label released their first compilation, The Best of D:Ream, in 1997 instead of their third studio album which remains unreleased.

Reunion, and split-up[edit]

In 2008 D:Ream reformed after a chance meeting by Cunnah and Mackenzie. They recorded a new album released in 2011 on their own label User Records and their single, "All Things to All Men" was released on 7 September 2009. They also planned concert dates to follow.[1]

Brian Cox became a physics professor and science broadcaster and is currently working on the Large Hadron Collider project.[2] In late 2010 he announced that he was to provide some keyboard work for the new album, but would not be re-joining the band full-time.[3]

The band were nominated for Best Dance act in the MTV Europe music awards in 1994 and for Best Single in the Brit Awards in 1995.

As part of their 2012 commitments, the band played main support to Wheatus at the LeeStock Music Festival in Sudbury, Suffolk.[4]



Year Album title UK chart
1993 D:Ream on Volume 1 5 12
1995 World 5 155
1997 The Best of D:Ream - -
2006 The Platinum Collection - -
2011 In Memory Of... ? -


Year Single[7] Chart Position Album
US Dance
1992 "4 Things 2 Come" (EP) EP only
"U R the Best Thing" 72 D:ream On Vol. 1
1993 "Things Can Only Get Better" 24 23 7
"U R the Best Thing" (Re-Release) 19 6 50 1
"Unforgiven" 29
"Star / I Like It" 26
1994 "Things Can Only Get Better" (Re-Release) 1 2 20 10 20 11 7 9 46
"U R the Best Thing (Perfecto Remix)" 4 6 25 46 65 35 9
"Take Me Away" 18 30 52
"Blame It on Me" 25
1995 "Shoot Me with Your Love" 7 16 73 45 73 4 World
"Party Up the World" 20 24 122
"The Power (Of All the Love in the World)" 40 150
1997 "Things Can Only Get Better" (Re-Release) 19 The Best of D:Ream Vol. 1
2009 "All Things to All Men" In Memory Of...
2010 "Drop Beatz Not Bombs"
2011 "Gods in the Making"
"Sleepy Head"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About D:REAM". Myspace. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2008. 
  2. ^ "Things have only got better for Brian | Oldham Advertiser – menmedia.co.uk". Oldham Advertiser. 11 April 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Professor Brian Cox to rejoin D:Ream". BBC News. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Sky News report. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012
  5. ^ UK album chart details
  6. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  7. ^ "Discogs List of Releases". Discogs UK. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "UK Charts". The Official Charts Company UK. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Irish Charts". Irish Charts. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 100: D:Ream (singles)". Dutch Top 100. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts". Ultratop.be. ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Charts.de: D:Ream (singles)" (in German). Charts.de Media Control. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Austrian chart". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Swiss Chart". Swiss Charts. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Swedish chart". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "New Zealand Chart". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "US Dance Club Play Chart". billboard.com. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 

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