Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Love Is All around Wet Wet Wet Again

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Love Is All around Wet Wet Wet Again

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Byline: By Sam Wonfor

It looked like the well had run dry for Wet Wet Wet fans when the band split up at the back end of the 90s. But the boys are back back back, and looking forward to thrilling a Tyneside crowd this week, as Sam Wonfor discovers.

When Wet Wet Wet got back together last year, after a seven-year hiatus brought about by a messy split, they weren't sure whether anyone would still be interested. They were quickly reassured.

"When we started doing in-store appearances at record shops, we were worried it was going to be a few people and their dog, you know," says drummer Tommy Cunningham.

"So it was great that they came out in their droves.

"We're still in people's hearts, and that makes us feel vindicated, it makes it worth it. It obviously felt like unfinished business to everyone else out there as well."

Wet Wet Wet certainly had enormous success in the 80s and 90s. Three of their songs got to No 1, and one ( the inescapable Love Is All Around ( had the longest stay at No 1 for a UK act, topping the charts for 15 weeks.

Although it's currently fashionable for 80s bands to stage comebacks, it came as a great surprise when Wet Wet Wet announced they were getting back together to write some new songs for their Greatest Hits album.

For when the band split in 1999, there seemed to be little chance of them ever reforming. The beginning of the end came in 1997 when Wet Wet Wet, which also includes lead singer Marti Pellow, bassist Graeme Clark and keyboard player Neil Mitchell, gathered at their company offices in Glasgow to discuss royalties.

Previously the money had been split equally, but the band wanted to cut Tommy's quarter share. Disgusted, he walked out. Without him, the other band members limped on for a bit, touring the following year, but the damage was done.

"It's weird," says Tommy, "because the time of our biggest successes was the most painful. The most joyous was when we've been on the bones of our arses. When a Lear jet becomes ordinary, you know there's a problem."

Tommy went back to `normal' life, becoming a family man and running a number of businesses. …

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