The debonair Mike Flowers (b. Mike Roberts) caused a brief mid-90s sensation when he rode into the UK charts on the crest of the ‘easy listening’ revival with a cover version of Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’. It remained in the charts for several weeks and was only narrowly kept off the Christmas 1995 number 1 spot by Michael Jackson. Dressed in a suit which time had forgotten and bedecked by the most outrageous blonde wig, Flowers’ version of ‘Wonderwall’ caused more grins than grimaces, and sold nearly half a million copies. Even the song’s writer, Noel Gallagher, was reportedly impressed by this, the cheekiest of cover versions (Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’ was still in the charts when it was released). It was followed by a version of Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Please Release Me’ in 1996, and the band’s debut album, A Groovy Place. Alongside the singles this included original material - though titles such as ‘Crusty Girl’ and ‘Freebase’ demonstrated that the Mike Flowers Pops’ tongues were still firmly in their collective cheek. After the hype died down Flowers moved on to soundtrack work.
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