P145 Teletext 145 Nov13 21:07:50       ———————————————————————————————  ——— FIVE STEPS TO HEAVEN   They were dismissed as one-hit  wonders, they've been ridiculed as Abba impersonators and they're often accused of being manufactured popstrels. Yet Steps have stuffed the taunts back down their critics' throats with three hit singles and a smash album to be one of the sensations of the year. In a rare break from world domination, we grab redheaded Stepper Lisa Scott-Lee who can't stop celebrating. ——————————————————————————————————1/8—— by Colin Irwin CHECK OUT THE CHARTS p485 Angst Mates TV Plus OnLine
P145 Teletext 145 Nov13 21:01:01       ———————————————————————————————  ——— FIVE STEPS TO HEAVEN   "We constantly have to keep  pinching ourselves to believe what has happened to us this year," says Lisa Scott-Lee, Club's favourite member of poptastic sensations Steps. "The other day I just sat down and looked at what we were all doing and thought 'WOW! Is that really US?' "I mean, I'd always wanted to sing and dance and be famous, but you never really think it'll happen like THIS!" ——————————————————————————————————2/8—— Steps up the pace >>> LANDING ON PLANET SOUND p480 Angst Mates TV Plus OnLine
P145 Teletext 145 Nov13 21:01:13       ———————————————————————————————  ——— FIVE STEPS TO HEAVEN   Steps beat Celine Dion in the  race to record their first ballad Heartbeat — out as a single this week. "We heard she was interested and it's the sort of thing you can imagine her singing," says Lisa Scott-Lee. "It's a lovely song and we've just added our own bit of Steps' magic to it! "We're all big fans of Celine. She came over to us at the Smash Hits awards and she was really friendly." ——————————————————————————————————3/8—— Steps Abba Nice Time >>> ALL YOUR TELLY NEWS p110 Angst Mates TV Plus OnLine
P145 Teletext 145 Nov13 21:02:44       ———————————————————————————————  ——— FIVE STEPS TO HEAVEN   Steps hope their new single  Heartbeat will put an end to all the criticisms that they are merely Aaba copyists for the '90s. "We didn't plan any Abba comparisons," says Lisa Steps. "We were amazed when Last Thing On My Mind came out and people said we were copying Abba. "We're in our early 20s and don't know much about Abba, but we take comparisons as a massive compliment." ——————————————————————————————————4/8—— Happy to be home >>> IT'S THE GREEN SCENE p160 Angst Mates TV Plus OnLine
P145 Teletext 145 Nov13 21:04:00       ———————————————————————————————  ——— FIVE STEPS TO HEAVEN   They've done so much travelling  in the last year that Steps were delighted to shoot the vid for their new single in a west London studio. They've shot their last three vids in Spain, Cuba and Italy but Lisa says it can be too hot to work in exotic locations. "Nobody believes you but it's really hard work making a video in 90 degrees. It's a pleasure to do one in London!" ——————————————————————————————————5/8—— It's a big Step >>> RED HOT MUSIC NEWS p481 Angst Mates TV Plus OnLine
P145 Teletext 145 Nov13 21:04:00       ———————————————————————————————  ——— FIVE STEPS TO HEAVEN   They were put together in a  studio and with those gleaming smiles and happy-happy-happy dance routines it's easy to be cynical about Steps. "Well, we ARE manufactured," says Lisa. "We're proud of it. We were chosen 'cos we're good. Bands who are mates from school always have a weak link. "And we ARE happy. Nobody believes it but we honestly do get on so well. We are good mates and have a real laugh.". ——————————————————————————————————6/8—— The fame game >>> LOTSA JUICY GOSSIP! p143 Angst Mates TV Plus OnLine
P145 Teletext 145 Nov13 21:04:11       ———————————————————————————————  ——— FIVE STEPS TO HEAVEN   Nothing, but N/THING, prepares  you for fame, says Lisa Scott-Lee, one fifth of the pop dream they call Steps. "It is glamorous flying to all these different places but it's such hard work too. The hours are triple what I imagined but I wouldn't change it. "But I love everything about it — the parties, performing, make-up... late nights, early mornings. No time for a social life so we make our own fun." ——————————————————————————————————7/8—— Where will it all end? >>> NEW RELEASES REVIEWED p484 Angst Mates TV Plus OnLine
P145 Teletext 145 Nov13 21:07:10       ———————————————————————————————  ——— FIVE STEPS TO HEAVEN   It's a big week for Steps.  They're releasing a new single Heartbeat with a cover of the Bee Gees' Tragedy on t'other side. "We're very proud of it! We choue it 'cos it's one of the few Bee Gees songs that haven't had loads of covers." Pop is fickle. How long can Steps last? "I dunno. People wrote us off as 1-hit wonders after 5, 6, 7, 8 but we all had faith in ourselves and we still do." ——————————————————————————————————8/8—— Green Scene 160 Mates 170 'Zine 142 DANGER! DIGITISER ZONE p670 Angst Mates TV Plus OnLine