Things Can Only Get Better

Album: D:Ream on Volume 1 (1993)
Charted: 1
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Songfacts®:

  • This uplifting song can apply to any low point in ones' life when there's nowhere to go but up, but a close listen reveals that it deals with a relationship that's on the outs, with the singer explaining that they should reconcile because it can only get better. The logic may be a little flawed, but it's delivered so cheerfully it just might work.
  • This was a hit in the UK on three occasions. On its original release it reached #24 on the singles chart. A year later it was re-released after D:Ream supported Take That on tour, and this time it went all the way to #1. Finally in 1997 it was adopted as their anthem by the Labour Party for the General Election when they came to power after 18 years in opposition. It was regarded by Labour as a song of hope after nearly two decades of Tory rule. Despite the BBC refusing to play it because of the political connection, it still managed to reach #19.
  • D:Ream were formed by Peter Cunnah (vocals) and Al McKenzie (keyboards). Northern Irishman Cunnah began his career with Ciderboy before moving to London, where he met McKenzie, a successful DJ, at the Gardening Club. McKenzie left in 1993 and Cunnah decided to steer their project into a more pop friendly direction aided by supporting musicians. This proved a successful option as in addition to this song, D:Ream managed four other UK Top 20 hits, "U R The Best Thing" (#4), "Take Me Away" (#18), "Shoot Me With Your Love" (#7) and "Party Up The World" (#20).
  • Brian Cox, who went on to become an acclaimed physicist, toured with D:Ream as a keyboard player. According to Cox, from a scientific standpoint, this song doesn't pass peer review. When he appeared on the podcast Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend, he said: "The second law of thermodynamics tells you that things get worse, it's called increasing entropy. So I really should have corrected it at that point."

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