INTERVIEW: D:Ream's Pete Cunnah on new compilation 'The Best Thing'

Peter Cunnah

In episode #158 of The XS Noize Podcast, Mark Millar meets Peter Cunnah from D:Ream to discuss the brand new double CD compilation, "D:Ream - The Best Thing."

Peter Cunnah & Al Mackenzie made their name in the early '90s, having several top-ten singles, including hitting number 1 with Things Can Only Get Better. D'Ream has released "D:Ream - The Best Thing", a brilliant new compilation that includes all the hits, remastered with unreleased live versions and unreleased demos.

In this interview, Peter Cunnah talks about the new compilation, his early days with Derry rock band Tie the Boy, the success of D'Ream in the 90s, new music from D'Ream in 2024 and lots more.  Listen to episode #158 of The XS Noize Podcast with Peter Cunnah – BELOW:

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The new double CD album The Best Thing is a collection of the early singles remastered from the original 2” tapes. Also included are unreleased live versions of tracks from the 1995 Shepherd's Bush Empire gig, three unreleased demos including the original instrumental version of Things Can Only Get Better, two newly commissioned remixes from Mark Knight and Illyus & Barrientos and finally, some re-found unreleased remixes from the archive by Sasha, Leftfield, MK, Sure is Pure and The Joy.

01 Things Can Only Get Better
02 U R The Best Thing
03 Take Me Away
04 Unforgiven
05 Star
06 I Like It
07 Blame it on Me
08 Shoot Me With Your Love (Loveland's Pop'd Up Mix)
09 Party Up The World
10 Take Me Away (Live from Shepherd’s Bush)
11 U R The Best Thing (Live from Shepherd’s Bush)

01 Things Can Only Get Better (Demo Instrumental)
02 Dazed & Confused (Demo)
03 99% (Demo)
04 Things Can Only Get Better (MK Dub Mix)
05 U R The Best Thing (Sasha Instrumental)
06 Things Can Only Get Better (Mark Knight Remix)
07 U R The Best Thing (Illyus & Barrientos Remix)
08 I Like It – (Sure Is Pure Remix)
09 U R The Best Thing (Perfecto Remix)
10 Unforgiven (Leftfield Hands Remix)
11 Blame It On Me (The Herbal Mix)

The Best Thing will be released on December 8, 2023 - Preorder.


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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as hosting interviews for the weekly XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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