Monday, 24 October 2016

REWIND: Cast - 'Flying'

Time once again to rewind back exactly 20 years ago for more of the wonderful music that entered the charts this week in 1996. If you weren't around or were too young to remember the mid 90s, consider this a lesson of enlightenment. If you (like me) were lucky enough to experience it all first time around, then these posts make a fine nostalgic blast from the blast. 

The UK singles chart from 20 years ago this week (20 - 25 October 1996) featured a varied mixture of the great and not so great. We'll focus only on the great ones. See the full chart rundown from that week HERE

Here's another one that always reminds me of the dark autumn evenings in 1996, and the exciting Britpop boom coming to an end. Fronted by ex La's man John Power, Cast were probably one of the most underrated guitar bands of the mid 90s, and people often forget that their 1995 debut album 'All Change' was Polydor Records' fastest-selling debut album of all time, shifting over a million copies. The breathtaking non-album single 'Flying' was one of Britpop's most magical moments and a snapshot of Cast at their peak. All the nostalgic memories of the era are impossible to forget while hearing it, and it's one of those songs that has grown even more powerful as the years have gone on. An underrated classic of the times. The single reached number 4 in the UK singles charts. 

A few years ago I reviewed Cast's entire back catalogue when they released deluxe editions of their first four albums. Read that review HERE. Recently, the band have been working on their fifth studio LP, and released the brilliant new track 'Do That', which you can read about and listen to HERE.

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