The Mike Flowers Pops

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The Mike Flowers Pops
Origin London, England
Genres Pop
Labels Sony Music
Members Mike Flowers

The Mike Flowers Pops (also known as MFP, The Pops or The Mike Flowers Pops Orchestra) is a British easy listening band fronted by Mike Flowers (real name: Mike Roberts)[1] and supported by the "Sounds Superb Singers" and "Super Stereo Brass". Formed in 1993, there were up to fourteen of them on stage at any time, and they were principally known for easy listening or lounge music covers of both 'classic' and contemporary pop music.

The title "MFP" parodies the budget record label Music for Pleasure, also known as MFP, which produced a series of "Hot Hits" cover version albums in the 1960s and 1970s.[2]

The band became famous in the UK in 1995 when they released a cover version of Oasis' hit song "Wonderwall".[1] After seeing the band perform, BBC radio producer Will Saunders recruited Flowers for BBC Radio 1 DJ Kevin Greening in order to cover the 'Hits of 95' for Greening's Saturday show; "Wonderwall" was his first week's project. Chris Evans heard the song and made it 'single of the week' on his Radio 1 breakfast show, telling listeners that this was the original version of the song.[1] The single, issued by London Records under the name The Mike Flowers Pops, was released while the Oasis original was still in the UK Singles Chart, and itself reached the Top 10. Flowers' version peaked at number 2 in the Christmas 1995 chart.[3]

Following the success of "Wonderwall", The Mike Flowers Pops quickly advanced from performing shows in nightclubs and small concert halls to touring festivals and larger venues across Britain and Europe. At the end of 1996 they toured Britain with Gary Glitter on his last 'Who's in the Gang' tour.[1] They played large venues including Wembley Arena and Birmingham NEC. Cover versions of The Doors' "Light My Fire", and "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" also reached the Top 40 of the UK chart.[3]



  • Get Easy! The Future Collection Volume 2 (included "MacArthur Park" by The Mike Flowers Pops) (1995)
  • A Groovy Place (1996)[1]
  • The Freebase Connection: The Mike Flowers Pops meets Aphex Twin[1] (1996)
  • The Cocktail Shaker-New Groove Kitsch and Space-Age Pop (1997)
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery[1] (1997)
  • Mike Flowers meets Cylob (1999)
  • Constant Friction - Collaboration 2 (1999)
  • The Karminsky Experience Inc - The Power of Suggestion (2002)



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Jody Macgregor. "The Mike Flowers Pops | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  2. ^ "Music for Pleasure". 2006-04-03. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 206. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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