Och aye! Take a bow, Public Domain...
An unknown Scots group have outsold RONAN KEATING, *N SYNC, POINT BREAK and TRUE STEPPERS in this week’s UK Top 40 singles.
Four-piece dance act Public Domain, who hail from Glasgow and Prestwick in Ayrshire, went into the chart at Number Four with ‘Operation Blade (Bass In The Place)’, inspired by Wesley Snipes’ vampire horror-flick ‘Blade’.
They were only beaten by the new entry at Number One this week, Destiny’s Child, who winged their way to the top of chart with ‘Independent Women’, lifted from the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ movie, nudging LeAnn Rimes into the Number Two slot, and keeping out the prolific Craig David, whose single ‘Walking Away’ debuted at Three.
Public Domain outsold Ronan Keating’s latest offering ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’, which trailed behind them at Number Five.
Speaking last night to Scottish tabloid Daily Record, Public Domain’s songwriter Mark Sherry, who has a regular Sunday night DJ slot at Glasgow’s Archaos said: “I’ve dreamt about this since I started playing keyboards aged eight but you never think it will happen.” He also revealed that their tiny independent record label, Xtravaganza,struggled to press enough copies to meet demand after it was made record of the week by Radio 1’s Judge Jules.
Other new entries this week included Bomfunk MC, who went in at 11 with ‘Up Rocking Beats’, and True Party, who went in at 13 with ‘Whazzup’.
Next in line was ‘We Are Alive’ from Paul Van Dyk, while *N Sync failed to even breach the Top 20, trailing in at 21 with ‘This I Promise You’, followed at 24 by ‘What About Us’ by Point Break. Ex-East 17 man Brian Harvey’s collaboration with True Steppers, ‘True Steps Tonight’, came in at Number 25.