Wet Wet Wet once again raced up the charts in 1992 with the release of High on the Happy Side. An album full of radio-friendly ballads, High on the Happy Side produced a successful single in the shape of "Goodnight Girl." 1994 saw Wet Wet Wet at the peak of their talents when their contribution to the soundtrack to the film Four Weddings and a Funeral was released. The song, a cover of the Troggs
' "Love Is All Around," became a huge international success, spending 15 weeks at the top of the British charts and driving the band's best of compilation End of Part One to healthy sales. In 1995 Picture This was released. While enjoying good sales, the album did not produce any major singles. By the time of 1997's 10, the band had begun to implode. Cunningham had already left the group to form Sleeping Giants, and, shortly after the release of 10, Pellow
quit to concentrate on a solo career. Despite this, the remaining members decided that Wet Wet Wet would remain a going concern.
The first fruits of Pellow
's lone stance appeared in 2001, when Mercury
issued his debut solo album, Smile. By 2004, he had returned to the band and they recorded the jangly, country-infused single "All I Want" to coincide with the release of Wet Wet Wet: The Greatest Hits. It was another three years before their next album appeared and this record -- Timeless -- had its sleeve designed by Klaus Voorman, who playfully aped his 1966 work for the Beatles
' Revolver. Timeless was also notable for the fact that it included the moody "Weightless," Wet Wet Wet's first U.K. Top Ten single in over a decade. In 2012 the band regrouped for a large one-off gig at Glasgow Green to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Popped In, Souled Out. Inspired by the success of this show, the band announced an extensive, arena-based Greatest Hits tour of the U.K. the following year. ~ Jonathan Lewis & James Wilkinson, Rovi