Friday, August 31, 2012
Melanie and Shaznay started their music career by singing backing vocals at the Sarm West Studios, the ZTT recording studios near All Saints Road, London.
In 1993, Melanie, Shaznay, and former member Simone Rainford were signed to ZTT records and music manager, Ron Tom decided that the trio should become a group.
All Saints 18.104.22.168 performed for the first time at the "Touch" magazine stage at the Notting Hill Carnival in 1994. They released two singles together, but didn't reach a lot of success. Simone and Melanie had conflicting ideas about the group's musical direction which caused some tension.
By 1995, Simone left the group and the group was dropped from their record label. Despite that, Melanie and Shanzay changed their group's name to "All Saints" and they set out to find a replacement for Simone.
After various auditions, Melanie's father met Nicole Appleton, whom Melanie knew from her days at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. Nicole's sister, Natalie later became the 4th member of the group.
After the new group was formed in 1996, All Saints met with former member of Outlaw Posse, Karl "K-Gee" Gordon, who recorded a demo for the song, "I Know Where It's At."
The group began looking for a new record deal, but most of the record labels wanted to model them after the Spice Girls, who had become an international success during the 90's. The demo eventually made its way to London Records and by November of that same year, All Saints were signed to the label.
In the United States, the single peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March of 1998, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The song topped the charts in Asia for 4 weeks. It was the only song by a girl group to reach the top of the charts second to the Spice Girls' song, "Wannabe" making both music acts rivals.
After the success of the single, it prompted the group to record and produce their debut album.
Even though Simone remains performing backing vocals on the song, she isn't featured on the single cover or listed as a main performer on the track due to her leaving the band before the actual single was officially released.
The song was later re-recorded when Natalie and Nicole joined the group for All Saints' debut album. On the original version of the "All Saints" album, the song was reverted back to the original title of "Let's Get Started."
But when the album was re-released, they changed the name again to "If You Want to Party (I Found Lovin')" changing the "Wanna" to "Want To" due to a legal wrangle of the uncredited use of the Fatback Band's song, "I Found Lovin'."
The song was featured in the "Guinness World Records" book for "Top British Singles." A total of 1,263,658 copies of the single were sold in the United Kingdom, 770,000 copies were sold before the song topped the charts in the UK which makes it more than any single ever before in the UK chart history. They also won two BRIT Awards for "Best Single" and "Best Video" for the song.
In the UK, the song sold over 424,799 singles and the proceeds went to breast cancer charities. The lyrics for "Under the Bridge" were slightly altered since it contained personal lyrics by Red Hot Chili Peppers member, Anthony Kiedis and All Saints covered the song because they liked the overall sound and feeling of the recording.
The All Saints version contains samples of the original Red Hot Chili Peppers recording, the most important sample being the guitar playing in the beginning of the song.
Both music videos cost £500,000 to make & took four months of production before the release. The girls chose to perform their own stunts in the "Under the Bridge" video and at one point, Natalie was knocked over by an explosion, but she remained unhurt.
All Saints received the MTV Europe Music Award for "Best Breakthrough Artist" and performed at the ceremony in November of 1998, but Melanie was absent due to her pregnancy. Melanie gave birth to her daughter, Lilyella on November 22, 1998.
It was also moderately successful internationally. The song was certified Gold in the UK, Sweden, New Zealand, France, and Belgium while in Australia, it was certified Platinum.
The song was used as the only single for the 2000 film, "The Beach" and the movie soundtrack. The song sold over 720,000 copies in the UK, becoming the 2nd most successful single in 2000. All Saints performed the song at the 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards and the World Sports Awards.
It was given the 2000 Capital FM award for "Best Song," the Ivor Novello Award for "Most Performed Work," and was nominated for two BRIT Awards for "Best British Single" and "Best British Video."
During that same year, Natalie, Nicole, and Melanie made their film debut in the film, "Honest" directed by former Eurythmics member, Dave Stewart. The movie flopped and received poor reviews from critics.
The song was moderately successful and managed to chart internationally. In the United States, the song was released, but didn't chart at all.
In February of that same year, All Saints announced that they would be taking a break so they "could clear the air between themselves."
Later that year, Melanie said it was uncertain if All Saints would reform, citing difficulties with the financial and business aspects of the group. Shazay would later explain the reason for the breakup was a disagreement over who would wear a certain jacket for a photoshoot.
The album peaked at #18 on the UK Albums chart and later certified Gold, selling 100,000 copies. In 2008, a slightly altered edition of the "All Hits" album was given away for free as part of a promotion with "The Mail on Sunday" newspaper.
In July 2001, Nicole gave birth to her son, Gene Appleton-Gallagher, who is the son of Oasis member, Liam Gallagher. She even appeared on "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here" in 2004.
In June of 2002, Natalie married DJ\music producer, Liam Howlett and in March of 2004, she gave birth to her second child, a son named Ace Howlett. Natalie has a daughter named Rachel, who was born in May of 1992.
In August of that same year, Shaznay married dancer Christian "Storm" Horsfall and they have two children: a son, Tyler-Xaine (born in February of 2006) and a daughter, Tigerlily (born in November of 2009).
Her third solo single, "Do Me Wrong" peaked at #42 on the UK Singles chart in 2003. Later on, Melanie was dropped from London Records and her solo album that she was working on was never released.
They started working on their third studio album, "Studio 1" which was released on November 19, 2006. The album managed to peak at #40 on the UK Albums chart.
After that, All Saints were no longer signed to Parlophone Records and they canceled their planned UK tour. All Saints' breakup was confirmed for the 2nd time in 2009 and Melanie has stated that the group will never reform again.
In September of 2010, All Saints' second compliation album, "Pure Shores: The Very Best of All Saints" which contains their hit singles alongside a selection of album tracks & B-side songs.
To see the music video for "Silver Shadow," go to:
To see the music video for "I Know Where It's At," go to:
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To see the music video for "Under the Bridge\Lady Marmalade," go to:
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