|Studio album by|
|Released||25 November 2002|
|Recorded||2002, London, England|
|S Club chronology|
|Singles from Seeing Double|
Seeing Double is the fourth and final studio album from S Club 7. It was the only album to be released under the name S Club, after the group was rebranded when band member Paul Cattermole left the group in June 2002 after his departure announcement in March. It was used as the main musical influence to the film of the same name released in April 2003. Despite good reviews and reception, the album only managed to reach #17 in the UK Albums Chart.
After Paul Cattermole's departure, vowing to not disband, the remaining six members stayed together under the name S Club. Despite losing a member of the group, the future remained positive as, although they were very sad to see Cattermole leave the group, they were "delighted" to have extended their contracts meaning they could look forward to new material, a new series of their television show as well as their first feature film. However, media reports of the time were not so optimistic stating that, as neither the Spice Girls nor Take That had survived once they lost a member of their group, it would be difficult for S Club to remain together in an industry which has a "horrible habit of leaving bands in tatters once the first member has left". After only peaking at number-five in the UK charts with "Alive", their first single as a six, S Club's positivism was diminished. Although their progressive musical style was once again furthered with the release of their fourth studio album, Seeing Double, it failed to make an impact on the UK charts, stalling at number-seventeen. S Club's time at the top of the charts was slowly coming to an end, and when Jo O'Meara announced that she had an immobilising back condition which could have left her in a wheelchair, and she was unable to take part in television performances, the group was left devastated.
In April 2003, S Club released their first feature film, Seeing Double, directed by music-video director Nigel Dick, which was to be the last time the group would be seen on-screen together. Unlike its television predecessors, the film moved into the realm of children's fantasy, and saw the group fighting evil scientist Victor Gaghan in his quest to clone the world's pop stars. The film's release was marked by many rumours that the group were about to split, which were quickly denied by the six. However, ten days after the release of their movie, the rumours were confirmed when it was announced live on stage—during their S Club United tour on 21 April 2003 – that, after a final single and greatest hits album, S Club would part ways. The band cited a mutual split, expressing it was simply a time "to move on and face new challenges". Many fans felt "betrayed" and "disappointed" by the breakup, as well as "angry" due to the group denying rumours only two weeks before at the Seeing Double premiere. Many compared the demise of the group to that of fellow pop band Steps, as they too had denied their intentions until the moment before their split, after which they were accused of acting out of "greed and cynicism". Since the split, the members of S Club have commented on how exhausting being in the band was, due to hectic schedules and long filming days.
|2.||"Whole Lotta Nothin'" (1)||3:26|
|3.||"Love Ain't Gonna Wait for You" (1)||Ellis||3:47|
|5.||"Straight from the Heart"||Boo Dan||3:43|
|7.||"Who Do You Think You Are?" (1)||Johnny L.||3:38|
|8.||"Do It Til We Drop" (1)||Johnny L.||3:43|
|9.||"Hey Kitty Kitty"||Sugargang||3:56|
|12.||"The Greatest" (2)||Frank||3:47|
|13.||"In Too Deep"||Hedges||3:00|
|14.||"Let Me Sleep" (3)||3:25|
|15.||"Every Kinda People"||Andy Fraser||Absolute||3:46|
|16.||"Alive" (Almighty Mix)||7:02|
|17.||"Discotek"||Jewels & Stone||3:19|
|18.||"Special Kind of Something"||Absolute||3:46|
- ^ Featured in the film Seeing Double
- ^ This song was originally recorded by American pop group, Scene 23.
- ^ This song was recorded before former bandate Paul Cattermole left the band, and his vocals can be heard towards the final chorus of the song.
Charts and certifications
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- Gill, Claire (27 March 2002). "Our view: why has Paul left?". CBBC Newsround. BBC. Retrieved 17 April 2008.
- "United Kingdom Singles Charts - Week Ending 30/11/2002". Official Charts Company. 30 November 2002. Retrieved 19 January 2008.
- "United Kingdom Albums Charts - Week Ending 30/11/2002". Official Charts Company. 30 November 2002. Retrieved 19 January 2008.
- "Jo's Not leaving S Club despite back problems". CBBC Newsround. BBC. 28 October 2002. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
- Youngs, Ian (22 April 2003). "Fans struggle with S Club split". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 15 October 2007.
- Gonshor, Adam (11 March 2004). "Hannah Spearritt: From S Club to Cody Banks 2". andPOP.com. Archived from the original on 27 December 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2008.
- "irishcharts.com - Discography S Club 7". irish-charts.com.
- "2002 UK Singles Chart" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
- "British album certifications – S Club 7 – Seeing Double". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Seeing Double in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.