Sam Foulkes, also known as Spike E, of Blazin’ Squad confesses that he had a somewhat cherubic visage (Picture: Getty Images)You may recall a certain group called Blazin’ Squad.
That’s correct, ladies and gentlemen of the 2000s, it was the 10-member hip hop band responsible for the Bone Thugs-n-Harmony cover of Crossroads.
Meet us at the intersection, intersection, intersection. Meet us at the intersection, intersection, intersection. And repeat.
Interestingly enough, when they first burst onto the scene in 2002 with this absolute banger, Blazin’ Squad wasn’t doing anything like that. In fact, these cool dudes were actually under 16 years old. We adore it so much.
Then came the single Flip Reverse, after they had each shot up a few inches, which naturally became another sensation, a timeless party classic.
That’s Sam in 2003 crouching in the orange jumpsuit (Picture: Nicky J. Sims/Redferns)
The lads were just 15 when they started out and needed their parents to accompany them (Picture: Gail Rickett/FilmMagic)Now fully grown and brimming with memories, Blazin’ Squad has opened up about their past and present.
Sam Foulkes (kneeling in the orange jumpsuit above) confessed to The Guardian that the other boys used to mock his ‘baby face’ back in the day.
Reflecting on a photo provided by the publication, Sam remarked, ‘They were right: my face is so puffy, it’s as if I’ve been stung by a bee.’
‘I couldn’t grow facial hair until I turned 19.’
Marcel Somerville, Ollie Georgiou, Chris McKeckney, and Sam are the current members of Blazin’ Squad (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)The singer also revealed that – ‘fortunately’ – his head has now ‘slimmed down’ by 300%. And his hairline has also receded (his words, not ours).
He also described how none of them were actively seeking fame, but at 15 years old, they scraped together £200 to record a demo.
After the demo’s success, Blazin’ Squad were invited back to record for free, and shortly thereafter, they were summoned to MC in front of East West Records.
Just one week later, they were signing contracts with attorneys, and a few weeks after that, they performed in South Africa just before their first number 1 hit – Crossroads.
The gang all met at a school in Chingford, North-east London, and went on to achieve six more top 10 singles.
The current lineup includes four original members: Spike E (Sam Foulkes), Rocky B (Marcel Somerville), Freek (Ollie Georgiou), and Melo D (Chris McKeckney).
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