producer Pete Waterman as "Abba on speed," U.K.
pop sensation Steps formed in the spring of 1997 when
members Lisa Scott-Lee, Faye Tozer, Claire Richards, Lee
Latchford, Ian Watkins (aka "H") got together
with the common goal of creating a pure pop party sound.
"Life is always sunny in StepsWorld," their
credo goes, "and Steps [will] almost always be found
their formation, the fivesome have released a string of
hit singles in their native land, including
"5,6,7,8," "Last Thing on My Mind,"
and their first U.K No. 1 single, "Heartbeat /
Tragedy," which reached the top spot on the British
charts in early 1999. Under the guidance of producer
Waterman, Steps recorded their first album, Step One,
which entered the U.K. charts at No. 2 upon its September
legions of fans across the U.K. and Australia, Steps set
their sites on the United States. They joined Britney
Spears on her first headlining tour of North America,
which garnered the hard-working quintet thousands of new
fans in the United States and Canada.
2000, Steps will see if their triple-platinum success
translates to American audiences with the February release
of their first U.S. album, Step One. The CD, on
Jive Records, contains all their U.K. hits in addition to