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Background information
Origin Derry, Northern Ireland
Genre Pop, Rock, Dance
Years active 1992–1997
Labels Magnet Records / FXU
Members Peter Cunnah (1992 - 1997; 2008 - present)
Al Mackenzie (1992 - 1993; 2008 - present)
Brian Cox (1992 - 1997; 2010 - present)
Past members Mark Roberts

D:Ream were an Irish pop rock/synthpop and dance band of the 1990s. They had one UK Number One hit with the re-release of "Things Can Only Get Better", and created various remixed versions of Duran Duran's "Drowning Man".


Between 1992 and 1997, the period during which they were active, the band released two studio albums (D:Ream On Volume 1 and World), ten different singles (some of them re-released twice or three times, until totally reaching fourteen singles - but two tracks were featured together on a double A-side single), and an official greatest hits album (The Best of D:Ream). In 2006, a second collection was released, for The Platinum Collection series.

The band's first album, D:Ream On Volume 1, which was promoted for almost two years, from its release, in 1993, until a short time before the first single taken from the second album, "Shoot Me with Your Love", was issued in 1995, has produced some seven singles ("Star" and "I Like It" came on a joint release as a double A-side). It was the track called "Things Can Only Get Better" that gave them UK success and international fame.

After supporting Take That on their tour, "Things Can Only Get Better" topped the UK Singles Chart, in early 1994. Released in late 1993, when the track reached Number 24, it was later adopted by the UK Labour Party as their theme for the 1997 UK General Election, and consequently released for the third time, this time getting to Number 19. Despite this the group's record label released their first compilation, The Best of D:Ream, in 1997 instead of their third studio album that, to date, has never been released.

In 2008 D:Ream reformed after a chance meeting by Cunnah and Mackenzie. They are currently recording a new album for release in 2010 on their own label User Records and their single, "All Things To All Men" was released on 7 September 2009. They are also planning concert dates to follow.

On November 19, 2010, it was announced that Cox was to return to the group recording keyboards on various tracks for the new album.

A selection of albums[]

  • D:Ream On Volume 1 (1993)
  • World (1995)
  • The Best of D:Ream (1997)
  • The Platinum Collection (2006)
  • In Memory Of... (2011)
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