S Club 7 were a pop band that formed at the end of the 90s, following in the footsteps of mixed groups like Steps, and went on to achieve worldwide success. Their first single "Bring It All Back" brought them instant popularity and they were heavily marketed as "the next big thing" for kids with a TV show (similar in style to The Monkees) as well as various TV specials.Their projects included:
Joanne "Jo" O'Meara - took lead vocals more often than any of the others and was widely regarded as the best singer. She attempted to go solo after the band split but a huge racism scandal on Celebrity Big Brother ruined her reputation and she suffered a mental breakdown. Right now she has shaken off the controversy and is a mother.
Rachel Stevens - probably second in line to Jo and was heavily marketed as the Girl Next Door of the band. She took lead vocals quite often and went on to have a fairly successful solo career after the band split.
Bradley McIntosh - the most prominent male member of the band and also a twofer Token Minority. He attempted to have a music career but he has remained below the radar.
Hannah Spearitt - pushed as the cutest one of the band and was hired mainly for her acting on the TV show and has arguably had the most success after the split, having landed a prominent role on the show Primeval.
Jon Lee - the boyish member of the band. Like Hannah, he was more of an actor and went on to have a theatre career after the band split.
Tina Barrett - the dancer of the group and the one who really nobody knows what happened to. Known to have choreographed many of the band's routines. Attempted a solo comeback in 2012 that was only promoted in men's mags.
Paul Cattermole - the first person to leave the group (it was renamed "S Club" after that) and joined a Nu-Metal band. Was romantically linked to Hannah for a while.
This band provides examples of:
Abuse Is Okay When It's Female on Male: Played with in an episode of LA 7. Bradley and Jo get into a fight, Jo comes home with a bruise on her arm while Bradley is covered in bandages. Tina is shocked that Bradley hit a girl despite the clear fact that Jo nearly killed him. Jon calls Tina out on this.
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: An in-universe example. One episode of LA 7 had the band trying to make a home movie about bank robbers. One scene had Bradley's character (a cop) stop to admire a girl dancing in the street (Tina). This was apparently to give Tina something to do in the movie. Then they decide to end the movie with a performance of "S Club Party".
Bigger on the Inside: A bathroom on the side of the road in LA 7. It looks like an outhouse from the outside but on the inside is actually a spa.
Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: All the S Club girls. The usual roles are played with as Tina is the Brainy Brunette (redhead by the time they got to Viva S Club), Rachel was the Dumb Brunette, Jo was the Fiery Blonde and Hannah was a combination Dumb Blonde and Fiery Blonde.
Boyish Short Hair: Jo had short hair from LA 7 onwards which is probably why she was portrayed as the Tomboy. Hannah also had short hair for Hollywood 7 but this was never commented on.
Breakup Song: "Hope For The Future", "I'll Keep Waiting", "All In Love Is Fair", "Cross My Heart", "Lately", "Someday, Someway", "Never Had A Dream Come True", "Have You Ever"
Brick Joke: The hurricane episode of Miami 7; at the start when the band are worrying about a hurricane at the hotel, Jo remarks "the only time we'll get wind here is if Bradley has Cuban food". Later on Howard repeats the same line only with Marvin instead of Bradley. Bradley is there to hear it, turns to Marvin and says "you too?"
But Not Too Black: Mixed race note Indo-Guyanese mother and English father to be exact Tina started out looking quite ethnic with black hair and dark colouring. As time went on she lightened her hair to auburn and brown and at the end merely looked like a white girl with a tan.
Cake Eater: In LA 7 one of Joannie's friends has a much younger boyfriend so Joannie gets Paul to act as hers.
Camera Fiend: Paul and his video camera, especially in LA 7.
Camp Straight: The girls turn Howard into this after a day of pampering in Miami 7.
Catch Phrase: The band's swear word substitute "Parp" as well as "Muffin".
Cerebus Syndrome: Jo was always the tough cookie happy-go-lucky member of the group portrayed in the TV series. After the group split and the scandal on Celebrity Big Brother she began receiving death threats and was ostracised by most of her friends while her house was also in danger of being repossessed (that was actually the reason she went on Celebrity Big Brother in the first place). If you were an S Club fan then watching Jo's teary eyed GMTV interview where she broke down and apologised for her actions was especially jarring.
Characterisation Marches On: For a few of the band members, their characters in Miami 7 are drastically different to their personalities they were known for down the line. It wasn't until LA 7 that they adopted their more well known personas.
Rachel was originally a lot more ditzy and obsessed with her looks. She later evolved into a Girl Next Door who was more innocent than actually stupid.
Bradley developed extreme Serial Romeo tendencies and became a lot more unlucky.
Tina was initially a cross between The Face and a Team Mom but morphed into the bossy one.
Paul was the only one who stayed fairly consistent although he was a lot clumsier in Miami 7 and this trait had vanished by LA 7.
Chekhov's Gun: A minor example in the movie. In the opening montage we see a fan giving Hannah a pair of sock puppets. She later uses the puppets to distract a pair of guard dogs
Chekhov's Gunman: Rachel's boyfriend is mentioned casually in a few episodes of Miami 7 before being part of the major plot of the Boyfriends and Birthdays TV special where he gives Rachel an ultimatum - leave the band or he breaks up with her.
Chekhov's Skill: In the movie when the band spies on the clones in the mansion they see them rehearsing a dance number. The next day when they swap places with three of the clones they are filming a music video with the same dance routine. Jon, Hannah and Rachel are able to blend in.
Child Prodigy: An entire camp full of them in an episode of LA 7. Played with slightly in the fact that the kids only know things they've read up on - and have no idea how to do things practically.
Clip Show: Each season finale recapped events from the season.
The video for "Bring It All Back" featured clips from Miami 7
The video for "Love Ain't Gonna Wait For You" showed clips from the band's other videos as well as the TV shows, movie and other archive footage.
Code Names: In the movie the band adopts these when investigating the clones. Jon is Bird Dog, Hannah is Hedge Pig, Rachel is The Shopper, Bradley is Big Pants, Tina is implied to be Mr Blacknote Hannah asks for that name and Jo tells her it's taken; we never hear Tina's code name said out loud and Jo is initially Essex Terrier but changes to Tough Sirloin.
Hannah gets this a lot. When the band gets stranded in the woods and the car breaks down, Rachel sarcastically suggests digging for oil and then turning it into petrol. Hannah remarks how ridiculous that idea this - how will they dig without a shovel?
Early-Installment Weirdness: Some episodes of Miami 7 were a bit odd, specifically the one where they get sent back in time to the 1970s. They also frequently make lightning flash whenever they slap hands. There's also random moments in episodes where they do the haka to intimidate Howard and Jo gets carried off by a hurricane. The rest of the shows kept things to a more realistic sitcom formula.
Everyone Loves Blondes: There were five blondes in the group by the time they split up (in a group of six people.)
The Face: Tina in the Miami 7 days but this morphed into her being the bossy one.
Fanservice: One episode of LA 7 features Jo, Rachel and Hannah auditioning to play Zelda by dressing up as her.
The music video for "Natural".
This is all ignoring the fact that the shows four seasons took place in Miami, Los Angeles, and Barcelona, all of which have quite a bit of bikini weather.
Flanderization: At the start of the TV show, Hannah was a fairly happy-go-lucky girl. She had a bit of a quirky side but she was fairly calm. Fast forward to the movie where tries to distract a group of guard dogs with sock puppets, wears all her clothes to avoid carrying a suitcase and apparently got her ex-con uncle to hire their manager.
Forgot Flanders Could Do That: Tina released a solo album eight years after the band split. Averted with Hannah who has focused solely on acting.
Four Girl Ensemble: The girls were portrayed this way on the show. Hannah was The Ditz, Jo was the mannish one, Rachel was the glamorous one obsessed with her looks, and Tina was the wise one.
Genre Shift: The TV show was fairly realistic but the movie veered into children's fantasy with a plot about an evil scientist cloning various pop singers.
Their manager Natalie mistakenly pulls out a vibrator when packing the band's suitcases.
The TV show made a couple of jokes about Rachel's chest.
A man grabs Rachel's ass in the opening credits of the film.
In an episode of LA 7 Jon alludes to Jo making a rude joke about The Wizard of Oz. He blushes when he talks about it.
Girliness Upgrade: Rachel commented on this after she went solo. She mentioned that she had mostly worn t-shirts and jeans in S Club - so it was new for her to be wearing more glamorous and sexy clothing in her videos.
Hair Flip: Jo during "S Club Party" - "We got Jo, she's got the flow"
Hello, Nurse!: Rachel in-universe and real life. See Informed Attractiveness below. She was actually requested through her modelling agency to come into the studio to record an audition tape for the band. She found out she had been accepted within two weeks while the rest weren't confirmed until after six months. Of course it probably helped that Rachel could sing as well.
High School Dance: Rachel must go to a prom with the manager's son in an episode of LA 7 while Jo, Hannah and Tina all go with the same guy.
Hurricane of Puns: When Jo and Rachel end up playing singing teeth in a toothpaste commercial, the rest of the band goes to town:
Jon: I don't know why you're upset. You both looked really polished.
Paul: What's the matter? Flost your sense of humour?
Hannah: Come on, we always have dinner together. You know the drill.
Bradley: (as they're going to bed) Don't forget to brush yourselves.
Informed Attractiveness: Rachel is definitely portrayed as "the pretty one" of the girls. Bradley is attracted to her clone in the movie, she frequently has men grabbing her ass, is a Serial Romeo and her blind date faints when he sees her for the first time.
Irony: Hannah spends an episode trying to attract the attentions of a lifeguard, all her attempts failing. The one thing she doesn't try is the one that gets him to notice her - she nearly drowns when a jet ski knocks her off her lie-low.
Howard is terrified he won't make a good impression on a blind date and resorts to the girls' help. The twist is of course that he ends up not liking the woman albeit for completely superficial reasons.
Jail Bait: A male example - a thirteen-year-old who hits on Hannah. And she allows him when she finds out he's a billionaire.
Jukebox Musical: Pretty much the raison d'etre of the sitcom and movie. Each season of the TV series had one of the band's albums as its soundtrack, though usually just featured one song per episode. Seeing Double is a much straighter example with many of the band's songs being worked in as musical numbers.
Lampshade Hanging: The TV series (especially LA 7) loved this. One episode had Hannah talking to the Imagine Spot and the rest of the group yelling at her for it.
Market-Based Title: Each TV series was renamed for broadcast on the Fox Family Channel in America. The first three's titles began with "S Club 7 in..." followed by the name of the city they were in on said series (e.g., Miami 7 became S Club 7 in Miami, etc.). The fourth, Viva S Club, was simply titled S Club onscreen, but was referred to as S Club 7 in Barcelona in commercials.
Matzo Fever: Rachel is Jewish (though the show never mentioned it) so her being the one that got the most guys could be just a coincidence. Could be.
Never Say "Die": Averted in the movie. It's outright said that the villain is going to kill them. He also threatens to kill Rachel at one point. Additionally in the Back To The 50s special, the group has to stop a boy racer from dying in a car crash.
Never Trust a Trailer: The trailers made it look like the band getting arrested was a big plot point of the movie when they're only in prison for about five minutes. Also the clones were only mentioned in a blink-and-you'll miss it line.
Not Distracted by the Sexy: Despite showering with their fellow bandmembers' clones, Rachel is more interested in them not having bellybuttons. Tina likewise when she spies on the clones showering.
Noodle Incident: One episode of LA 7 had Bradley fired from his job. The reason: he took his boss's car and something happened involving mayonnaise and hungry cheerleaders.
Pair the Spares: A band of four girls, three guys...they were often paired together during the more romantic songs. It typically went Jo/Bradley, Jon/Tina and Hannah/Paul and Rachel often was the one left on her own. This dynamic was of course dropped when Paul left.
Parent Service: The parents probably didn't mind watching the shows with their kids whenever the hot young singers donned their swimsuits every other episode.
Plot Hole: The movie is full of them. The band splits into two groups to find out information about the clones - it's Tina, Jo and Bradley that discover Victor Gaughan cloned them. Yet before they've had a chance to contact the others, they're kidnapped and Jon remarks "Gaughan's gonna clone us again" when he should have no idea who Gaughan is or that they've been cloned in the first place. Then later on when they meet Gaughan, Rachel says "are you the one who bought the knickers off the internet" when she shouldn't know that. Then there's the moment when the band are watching "live" footage of their clones performing in LA...except it's archive footage from the S Club Carnival tour when Paul was still in the band. So the band don't comment on why there's a seventh member of the band onstage or why Jo, Jon and Hannah all have different hairstyles (shorter). Then the same footage is shown again later in the movie and is still supposed to be a live show.
Also when they swap places with three of the clones, they do so in the middle of filming a music video. Jon and Hannah have to improvise the dance routine since they haven't rehearsed it yet we see Rachel following it perfectly when she shouldn't know it at all.
Rainbow Motif: The seven members of the band each got their own colour of the rainbow (Tina - red, Paul - orange, Hannah - yellow, Jon - green, Bradley - blue, Jo - indigo, Rachel - violet).
Real Life Writes the Plot: Paul decided to leave the band while Viva S Club was filming so in the series, he leaves in episode 4.
Jo was suffering back problems while the movie was being filmed so her role was rewritten to be less physical such as her walking out of the prison while the others run, scaring the guard dogs instead of legging it over the fence and sitting down in many of the scenes.
Reset Button: A rather annoying example in the Hollywood 7 episode "The Kiss" where Hannah and Paul kiss and the others use hypnotism to get them to forget it ever happened so there wouldn't be any problems in the band. The kiss was never mentioned or referenced after that episode.
Running Gag: For a few episodes in Miami 7 the band would put their hands together and say "united we stand, divided we fall" and a strange lightning bolt thing would flash. Lampshaded by Marvin in an episode.
Serial Romeo: Bradley. Rachel developed into one in LA 7 and their landlady Joannie has quite the number of exes too.
She Cleans Up Nicely: The band would often be seen in casual clothes, not to mention a little dirty from all the work Howard put them through at the hotel, so it was quite a change whenever they all got dressed up to the nines.
Ship Tease: Jo and Bradley, Hannah and Paul (eventually became a couple in real life) and Jon and Tina.
Silly Love Songs: “You’re My Number One”, “Two In A Million”, “Natural”, “If It’s Love”, “Love Train”, “I’ll Keep Waiting”, “Cross My Heart”, “The Color Of Blue”, “I’ll Be There”, “Stand By You”, “Spiritual Love”, “Perfect Christmas”, “Show Me Your Colors”, “You”, “Stronger”, “Boy Like You”, “Sunshine”, “I Will Find You”, “Right Guy”, “Alive”, “Love Ain’t Gonna Wait For You”, “Straight From The Heart”, “Secret Love”, “The Greatest”, “Let Me Sleep”, “Rain”
True Companions: The relationship between the band members was portrayed this way on the show. They all thought of each other like family, were always there for one another, and became deeply depressed in the episode where Paul left the band. The relationship between the band members in real life, however, was a completely different story. Just not quite this way.
Tsundere: Jo frequently. The most aggressive and fiery of the girls. Also has a sweet side that comes out around Bradley frequently.
Undermined By Reality: The show's happy-go-lucky nature gets a little tarnished when you hear the band members mention how they were worked like dogs the entire time, and how they were always tired and jet-lagged from shuttling back and forth from the US (where the show filmed) to the UK (where they were performing concerts.)
Unwanted Harem: Sam in LA 7 who takes Hannah, Jo and Tina to his prom all at once. He has a horrible time but ends up dancing with Rachel at the end.
We Want Our Jerk Back: Howard loses the band in a card game to another hotel owner who's even worse than he is. Needless to say the band are overjoyed when they're won back.