S Club 7 was never just a band. They were a franchise. Not only did the group produce albums, but they also starred in their own TV series and, later, a film. S Club 7 was an experience that was over way too soon as far as I was concerned. Regardless, S Club 7 fans should be rejoicing today because the band is getting back together and they're doing it the right way for the right reasons. On Wednesday morning, it was announced that S Club 7 was reuniting for BBC Children in Need and this charity show of their greatest hits is just the kind of closure that we need.
Not to be that person, but S Club 7's reunion already has a leg up on the similar reunion of '90s band O-Town for two reasons. The first reason is that S Club 7 is one of the lesser-known bands of the '90s — they never achieved the fame of the Spice Girls, Destiny's Child, Backstreet Boys, or 'N Sync, for example — so instead of trying to launch a full comeback or a tour, they are simply reuniting for a single charity show. The second reason is that, unlike O-Town, the entire original lineup is returning for BBC Children in Need. That's right, Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O'Meara, Hannah Spearritt, and Rachel Stevens will be making this triumphant return.
Speaking as someone who still has an S Club 7 song on their iPod ("Never Had a Dream Come True," anyone?) and still knows all the words to at least three of their songs, this is just about the greatest news that I've heard all day. Ironically, "Never Had a Dream Come True" was the first charity single that the band recorded for BBC Children in Need in 2001. According to BBC News, they also released a second single for the charity called "Have You Ever." Now that they're actually reuniting for the same charity for a third time in full, it seems like fans of S Club 7 should also start being fans of BBC Children in Need stat.
"This is going to be the mega S Club party of all time," the group was quoted as saying to BBC News. "We're massive fans of BBC Children in Need, and it was great to be able to support the charity all those years ago. We're really looking forward to bringing it all back for Pudsey, for BBC Children in Need, and for all our fans who have been so great over the years." If you're like me and keeping your fingers crossed that their performance is later released as a greatest hits album in 2015, then here is "Never Had a Dream Come True" to inspire you to keep hanging on because, as this news proves, sometimes dreams really do come true.
S Club 7 lost Cattermole in 2002 and then officially split up in 2003 after releasing a feature film, but the band never truly died regardless of whether or not they actually had seven members around to perform. They might not be the Spice Girls, but they were one of the bands like B*Witched and A*Teens that were bringing the U.K. pop invasion to American shores long before One Direction was ever a thing. Even if you didn't listen to them in the late '90s or early '00s, then this news is more than enough reason to start looking up their singles and joining the party bus.