” Deeper Shade of Blue ” is by Steps, the British dance-pop group made up of Claire Richards, Faye Tozer, Lisa Scott-Lee, Ian ‘ H ‘ Watkins and Lee Latchford-Evans.
The song was written by Mark Topham and Karl Twigg. Mark has written or co-written with Karl on other songs for Steps including ” Stomp ” and ” One For Sorrow “. They have also worked with Tina Cousins, the English singer and songwriter and have had five UK Top Twenty singles and chart hits in Sweden, Australia and Finland.
Production for the single was by Mark Topham, Karl Twigg and Pete Waterman. Pete is an English record producer and songwriter. As a member of the songwriting team, Stock Aitken Waterman, he has written and produced hit singles for artists like Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Donner Summer and Cliff Richard.
” Deeper Shade of Blue ” was released on the 3rd of April 2000 by record label Jive Records ( now part of BMG Music Group ) and was taken as the group’s ninth single overall and the fifth from their second album, Steptacular.
The uptempo ballad looks at the darker side of life and trying to break free from the feeling of lost love. There is a film with a similar name ” A deeper shade of blue ” ( Starring Moses Goods and Mick O’Brien ) which is about the history of surfing and riding the waves.
The song was originally recorded by Tina Cousins, although some promotional 12″ singles were made, her version of the song was never released to the public and is still unreleased to this day.
The accompanying music video was directed by The New RenaisCAnce with production by Baby Picture Co, who have produced videos for artists including Madasun, Samantha Mumba and Toploader.
The video has a futuristic theme, with the members of Steps dressed in blue latex uniforms. Each member transforms into a darker alter-ego as the video progresses, their alter-ego’s take on a much darker side.
Commercially the song was a success for Steps. In the United Kingdom, ” Deeper Shade of Blue ” was released on the 15th of April 2000 and reached a peak of number four. It spent two weeks in the Top Ten and a total of ten weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 4
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 36, Irish Singles Chart 24
Official Website: Stepsofficial.co.uk
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