Those 2 Girls

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Those 2 Girls

I Wanna Make You Go…Uuh! I do! It’s Those 2 Girls!

So if you don’t remember them, and it’s probably 98% of you, Those 2 Girls were a short lived UK pop duo of the mid -1990’s that were made up of singers Cathy Warwick (b.1973) and someone called Denise Van Outen (b.1974). Warwick had attempted to become a teen pop sensation in the late 80’s, although unsuccessfully, releasing “Marine Boy” on Runaway Records and featuring on “Wisdom Of The World” with Japanese duo Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka. Van Outen, who added the word “Van” to her stage name, had sang backing vocals with future All Saint Melanie Blatt in the group Dreadzone in 1993-94.

The ‘two’ girls were brought together in 1994 by Final Vinyl Records under the Arista label to form a new UK pop duo. Their debut release, “Wanna Make You Go…Uuh!”, was released in late 94 and flopped. It peaked at No.74 in the UK. Their second single, “All I Want”, fared much better when released in early 1995, entering the top 40 at No.36 and vanishing the following week. The song featured “Blagology” as the B side, written by Dennis Charles and Ronnie Wilson, better known for their successes with Eternal and later Louise Nurding on her debut album. And that, as they say, was that! Those 2 Girls were done.

Little is known of Cathy Warwick thereafter. She continued to fight for her own career but without any success whatsoever. She released the single “Music Is The Answer” in 2005 and, according to various reports, is now working as a nurse – get in touch Cathy if you can add to this story! As for Denise, well she too pretty much gave up on her music career and went into television, hosting the music show Massive! later on in 1995 and into 1996. She made the big time as co-host of Channel 4’s morning magazine programme The Big Breakfast from 1997-2001 and in 1998, joined forces with fellow host Johnny Vaughan for a new version of Kylie and Jason’s classic “Especially For You” for the BBC Children In Need show. The song was released as a single and went to No.3 in the UK charts.

Van Outen has since appeared in both acting and presenting roles on TV as well as in a handful of feature films. She took to the stage in 2001 playing Roxie Hart in Chicago and has since performed works for Andrew Lloyd-Webber and in the West End production of the film ‘Legally Blonde’. In 2019 she joined the cast of the Australian soap Neighbours, filming her first scenes with show veteran Stefan ‘Paul Robinson’ Dennis. Denise has occasionally revived her music career, most notably with Andy Williams on a duet version of his 1968 hit “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You“, which went to No.23 in the UK charts. In 2020, Denise was the fox in the first UK series of The Masked Singer, being voted out at the seventh and penultimate round of the contest.

Denise Van Outen

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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