Stock Aitken Waterman Special

This Bank Holiday Monday we bring you a whole three hours of Stock Aitken Waterman hits !

Some say Stock, Aitken and Waterman have a lot to answer for after bringing us the cheesy pop tunes of Rick Astley, Mel and Kim and Sinitta – to name just a few.

To others, the songs have become guilty pleasures, and to celebrate the tunes which defined an era in British music history we’ve assembled the ultimate playlist of tunes from ‘The Hit Factory’.

As well as the well known acts such as Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, the show will also feature the sounds of Steps, Rick Astley, Bananarama, Dead Or Alive, Pepsi & Shirlie, Princess, Sinitta, Hazell Dean, Sonia, Sybil, 2 Unlimited, Lonnie Gordon and Brother Beyond.

Listen to our special show on Bank Holiday Monday, August 29th, from 7pm.

Just a few artists who they produced music for included Jason Donovan, Bananarama, Rick Astley and Kylie Minogue.
Sadly when the 80s came to a close, Stock Aitken Waterman struggled to dominate the charts like they once had. In 1990, they achieved their last number one with Kylie’s Tears On My Pillow. Eventually Aitken left the team in 1991 – citing stress as his reason for breaking away.

Stock and Waterman stuck together for a short time afterwards but eventually disbanded in 1993. Matt Aitken largely stayed quiet after he became the first person to break away in the 90s. In 1994, he once again started teaming with Stock when he formed Love This Records. The company was forced to close in 1997.

Alongside Stock, the dad-of-two was also the man behind the bubblegum dance group Scooch. Almost a decade later Aitken resurfaced to reunite with Stock and Waterman when they released CD/DVD Stock Aitken Waterman Gold. In December 2015, he once again reunited with Stock and Waterman to produce a remix of Everyday’s Like Christmas by Kylie Minogue.

Stock’s last major project came when he produced Shayne Ward’s album – titled Closer – in 2015. The record reached number 17 in the charts.

A whole generation of people now know Waterman as a talent show judge. The producer was one of the first people to take on such a role when he starred on Pop Idol and Pop Stars: The Rivals in the early 2000s. After Pete was praised for discovering such stars as Will Young and Gareth Gates, he confessed he’d ‘lost interest’ after Michelle McManus won in 2003.