M People

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The key component of M People is Mike Pickering (b. Michael Duncan Pickering, 24 February 1958, Accrington, Lancashire, England; keyboards/programming), the founder member and songwriter for M People – the M standing for his first name. The band was formed by ex-Hot House vocalist Heather Small (b. 20 January 1965, London, England) and Paul Heard (b. 5 October 1960, Hammersmith, London, England; keyboards, programming), formerly of Orange Juice and Working Week.

They achieved major success with the club hit "How Can I Love You More?" at the end of 1991. These singles promoted a first album which took its name from Pickering's early musical leanings, Northern Soul. The breakthrough year for M People was 1993, as they enjoyed a string of UK Top 10 hits with a reissued "How Can I Love You More?", "One Night In Heaven", "Moving On Up" (later used as a campaign tune by the UK's Labour Party), and a cover version of Dennis Edwards' "Don't Look Any Further / I Thought I Could Handle It". The album which contained the hits, Elegant Slumming (the title was taken from a Tom Wolfe book), featured vocal support from Nu Colours. It won them the Best British Dance Act at the BRIT Awards, and the 1994 Mercury Music Prize for best UK act in any category, much to the chagrin of hotly tipped pretenders Blur. Meanwhile, their highly polished, commercial sound (omnipresent on car stereos and commercial radio) was being cited as the perfect example of "handbag house", a term the band themselves despised. Bizarre Fruit and the attendant Top 10 singles "Sight For Sore Eyes", "Open Your Heart" and "Search For The Hero", were greeted with mild disappointment.

The band, by now a quartet with the permanent addition of their touring percussionist Shovell (ex Natural Life), embarked on a tour of the world's stadia to ecstatic receptions. Their love affair with the critics had cooled, the media taking special pleasure in poking fun at Small's choice of boyfriend – rugby league player Shaun Edwards. Bizarre Fruit II merely compiled several remixes and edits as a prelude to a new album, though an ill-advised cover version of the Small Faces' "Itchycoo Park" managed to irritate the critics further. Fresco proved to be another smooth slab of easy-listening soul, with the single "Just For You" the stand-out track. A lazily compiled "best of" selection and Small's solo debut, Proud, are the only products to have subsequently emerged from the M People camp.
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743211177719 Northern Soul — M People M People Northern Soul (Album) Deconstruction, RCA 743211177719 UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
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74321 16678 2 Elegant Slumming — M People M People Elegant Slumming (Album) Deconstruction, RCA, BMG 74321 16678 2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
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74321 24081 4 Bizarre Fruit — M People M People Bizarre Fruit (Album, Comp) Deconstruction, BMG Records 74321 24081 4 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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TCD 0955 In Concert - 633 — M People M People In Concert - 633(CD, Transcription) BBC World Service, BBC Radio International TCD 0955 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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74321 52490 2 Fresco — M People M People Fresco (Album) M People Records, BMG 74321 52490 2 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
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GIT - 001 ¡Todo O Nada! ...El Full Monty (Contiene 3 Temas De La Banda De Sonido Original De La Película) — M People Tom Jones, M People, Anne Dudley Tom Jones, M People, Anne Dudley - ¡Todo O Nada! ...El Full Monty (Contiene 3 Temas De La Banda De Sonido Original De La Película)(CD, Single, Promo) BMG Argentina, RCA Victor GIT - 001 Argentina 1998 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

RDAB 62047-1, 07863 62047-1 Colour My Life — M People M People Colour My Life (Single, Maxi) Deconstruction RDAB 62047-1, 07863 62047-1 US 1991 Sell This Version
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PT 44856DJ How Can I Love You More — M People M People How Can I Love You More (Single, Maxi) Deconstruction, RCA, Deconstruction, RCA PT 44856DJ UK 1991 Sell This Version
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SD 1 Someday — M People Sasha Meets M-People* Sasha Meets M-People* - Someday (Single, Maxi) Deconstruction, RCA SD 1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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74321 11633-7 Excited — M People M People Excited (Single, Maxi) Deconstruction 74321 11633-7 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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74321151854 One Night In Heaven — M People M People One Night In Heaven (Single, Maxi) Deconstruction, RCA, BMG Records (UK) Ltd. 74321151854 Australasia 1993 Sell This Version
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74321 17711 1 Don't Look Any Further — M People M People Don't Look Any Further (Maxi, Single) Deconstruction, RCA 74321 17711 1 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
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74321 186374 2 Moving On Up — M People M People Moving On Up (Single, Maxi) Deconstruction, RCA, BMG 74321 186374 2 France 1993 Sell This Version
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KAHLUA 1 Kahlua - Music For Your Mouth — M People M People Kahlua - Music For Your Mouth (Single) Deconstruction KAHLUA 1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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74321 24547 4 Sight For Sore Eyes — M People M People Sight For Sore Eyes (Maxi, Single) Deconstruction 74321 24547 4 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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74321 20393 2 Renaissance — M People M People Renaissance (Single, Maxi) Deconstruction 74321 20393 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
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74321 23188 1 Elegantly American — M People M People Elegantly American (EP) Deconstruction 74321 23188 1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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none Padlock — M People M People Padlock Epic Dance, Epic Dance none US 1995 Sell This Version
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49 78022 Search For The Hero / Padlock — M People M People Search For The Hero / Padlock (Maxi) Epic, Epic Records Group, Deconstruction 49 78022 US 1995 Sell This Version
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74321 31928 4 Love Rendezvous — M People M People Love Rendezvous (Maxi, Single) Deconstruction 74321 31928 4 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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ESK 727 Search For The Hero — M People M People Search For The Hero (Maxi, Single) Deconstruction ESK 727 US 1995 Sell This Version
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74321 26153 1, 08-033088-20 Open Your Heart — M People M People Open Your Heart (Maxi, Single) Deconstruction, Deconstruction 74321 26153 1, 08-033088-20 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
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74321 33073 4 Itchycoo Park — M People M People Itchycoo Park (Single, Maxi) Deconstruction 74321 33073 4 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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973563 XY Moving On Up - Gonna Make You Sweat / Make My Body Rock (Feel It) - Short Dick Man — M People M People / C + C Music Factory / Jomanda / 20 Fingers M People / C + C Music Factory / Jomanda / 20 Fingers - Moving On Up - Gonna Make You Sweat / Make My Body Rock (Feel It) - Short Dick Man(12") Classics Disco Beat 973563 XY Italy 1995 Sell This Version
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74321 52300 1 Just For You — M People M People Just For You (Single, Maxi) M People Records, BMG 74321 52300 1 UK 1997 Sell This Version

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denon2500

denon2500

July 2, 2020
I wonder where and WHY they have kept Lee Marrow's remix of Sight For Sore Eyes hidden until now?
Mikewreynolds

Mikewreynolds

December 24, 2013
edited over 9 years ago
Heather Small's voice was unique,
she had a voice that was powerful and she was soulful in everyway mind and body ,and a great mover , she was soul music in the 1990's ,and she was the icing on the cake for music in the 90's.

Lady-Miss-Kier

Lady-Miss-Kier

November 5, 2013
Don´t know where the problem is with Heather´s voice. She sounds soulful and strong, always in the right balance.
I think it is 70% her voice that makes this band so damn good and let them have a string of hits.
Not to forget all the beautiful Remixes by Morales, van Helden or E-Smoove only to name a few.
ringorider

ringorider

May 2, 2013
I can't for the life of me understand how anyone tolerated her voice, she's a monstrosity. Were things that different back in the 90's? I've no idea how bad the music behind her is as I don't have the time to listen to it, but I do have time to complain about her; it's odd how the old mind works.
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