Richard Abidin "Abs" Breen started his music career as a member of Five, a boy band that put together by Simon Cowell. Five enjoyed worldwide success clocking up a number of international hits, but disbanded on September 27, 2001. After Five split up, Breen became the only band member to release a solo album when he dropped Abstract Theory.
This was both Abs' debut and most successful solo single, peaking at #4 on the UK singles chart. He went on to clock up two more UK Top 10 hits. "Stop Sign", (#10) and "Miss Perfect" (#5).
In Gary Numan's "Cars," the message is that cars lead to a mechanical society devoid of personal interaction. This didn't stop automakers from using it in commercials. Both Nissan and Oldsmobile have used it in ads.
Until December 5, 1998, a song had to be issued as a single to make the Hot 100. Aaliyah's "Try Again" was the first tune to top the chart based on airplay alone, without any sales figures being included.