Vanilla (band)

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Origin Barnet, England, United Kingdom
Genres Pop
Years active 1997–1999
Labels EMI
Past members Frances Potter
Alison Potter
Alida Swart
Sharon Selby

Vanilla were a British girl group from Barnet, England, founded in 1997.[1]

Band history[edit]

The band members consisted of sisters Frances Potter (born 17 October 1974, London) and Alison Potter (born 29 January 1980, London) plus two friends Alida Swart (born 1975) and Sharon Selby. They released just two singles for EMI in the late 1990s.

The first single was "No Way No Way", released on 15 December 1997, based on Piero Umiliani's "Mah Nà Mah Nà". The song reached number 14 in the UK Singles Chart[2] and number 24 in New Zealand.[3] It was later featured on several compilations including Now That's What I Call Music!'s thirty-ninth issue and Dancemania's eighth issue both released in 1998.[4] The accompanying music video was filmed at Brockwell Lido in Brixton, South London.[5] The clip won the dubious title of the "Worst Music Video Ever" on the 1997 ITV Chart Show end-of-year special and was voted number 26 on Channel 4's "100 Worst Pop Records". The follow-up was "True to Us", released on 6 April 1998, which rose to number 36 on the UK Top 40.[2]

Although initially mocked on Channel 4's morning programme The Big Breakfast, the group regularly took part in the show's "Vanilla's Thrillers" feature. They made various appearances at London's Popshow Party events as well. After only two years, record label EMI released the group from their contract.


  1. ^ "Were Vanilla really the worst girl"band" in the history of the Universe?". Retrieved 2016-03-23. 
  2. ^ a b "VANILLA | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-03-23. 
  3. ^ " - Vanilla [UK] - No Way No Way". Retrieved 2016-03-23. 
  4. ^ "Vanilla (2) Discography at Discogs: All - Appearances". Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 581. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.