Legendary 90s dance act looks unrecognisable 30 years after huge number one hit | The Sun
HE'S the voice behind one of the 90s best-loved anthems.
And 30 years on from the release of Things Can Only Get Better, D:Ream's Peter Cunnah is still belting out at the anthem to hordes of nostalgia loving fans.
The northern Irishman, 57, might look a bit different to his early 90s pomp, but his voice as lost none of its power.
D:Ream are regulars on the 90s circuit and have an upcoming gig at a Butlin's weekend alongside the likes of Peter Andre and Cleopatra.
Their biggest hit topped the charts in 1994, where it remained for four weeks, a year after it's original release cracked the top 30.
It would go on to chart in the top 20 once again three years later when Tony Blair's New Labour adopted the song to accompany its message of a hopeful new political era after 18 years of Tory rule.
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The group, who toured with Take That and earned a Brit Award nomination in the 90s, made a fortune from the record.
But Peter has mixed feelings about it now.
He told the Belfast Telegraph in 2022: “I’ve a love-hate relationship with that song now. It’s been my meal ticket, for sure, but, you know, Tony Blair is basically a walking war criminal.
“I’ve had people say that my work is tainted as a result, that I’m somehow complicit, which I find very, very hurtful.”
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While Peter is the face of the band, he's arguably not its most famous member.
That honour may well go to former keyboard player Brian Cox, who is now better known for his scientific programmes on television.
Before diving into the world of academia, the broadcaster was heavily involved in the music scene including time spent with D:Ream, though he didn't play on its trademark anthem.
While D:Ream were on hiatus in the late 90s and early noughties, Peter wrote songs for pop acts including Steps and A1 and he lent vocals to Chicane's Top 40 track Love on The Run in 2003.
Then, in 2008, he and fellow band member Al Mackenzie decided to get the group back together.
They made the record In Memory Of… which featured contributions from Cox, though only as a session musician.
The follow up record Open Hearts Open Minds was released a decade later.
Peter now looks like he's at peace with the band's storied history and the bout of PTSD he suffered with in their heyday.
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