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The one with Wu-Tang Clan. The five that were Top 10 singles from one album. The one with Alan Rickman in the video. The one that was an inspired Al Green cover. The two written with diverse titans of American music, Dallas Austin and Gregg Alexander. The one that was remixed by Giorgio Moroder. The une that helped give them their first French Number One album. The segued pair that, according to the woman at the front, makes their live audiences go “absolutely fuckin’ apeshit”. The one with the video directed by Peter Kay. The other one with Wu-Tang Clan. The one that gave them, straight out of the gate, a Top 10 single with their first ever release. The club banger with a killer Donna Summer sample. The one that ended up the theme song to a top-rating American sitcom. And the one recorded last year in Alabama’s legendary Muscle Shoals Fame Studio that lifts the lid on an exciting fresh chapter…
Texas: The Very Best Of 1989-2023 (release date 16 Jun 2024) has all of the above, and more, not least its two brand new tracks.
Here are 24 diamonds from a glittering career, in the year that they’ve been booked for a prestigious Pyramid Stage slot on the opening day of Glastonbury.
They are Texas and, 34 years since they recorded "I Don’t Want A Lover" then watched, gobsmacked, as it reached Number Eight, even they’re surprised at just how many roads the Scottish band have travelled. It was a point brought brilliantly home to Sharleen Spiteri over the last year, as Texas crisscrossed the world on an 11-month tour.
“You're imagining the audience and you think, oh, it's gonna be old people,” begins the singer and songwriter who’s been leading from the front for a quarter of a century. “And it wasn’t. The real shocker was, there were loads of twentysomethings. Then you forget that when some of our songs came out, they were the kids on the school run. So they would have heard us on the radio. Then there's the new stuff that came out when they were a bit older. So we're getting massively mixed audiences.”
The result: “You really couldn't put your finger on what a Texas audience is.”
Who are they? They are Texas, and they make hits.