D:Ream hit becomes lockdown anthem

A 1990s chart smash by a Derry man has become an anthem for an English city’s residents as they applaud key workers in the battle against Covid-19.

Friday, 1st May 2020, 10:42 am
Back in the day... Peter Cunnah (centre) and the D:Ream crew.
Back in the day... Peter Cunnah (centre) and the D:Ream crew.

Every Thursday after 8pm, D:Ream’s ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ is blasted out across Nottingham city centre and can be heard up to two miles away.

The 1994 song has been played on huge speakers for three weeks as people gather on balconies to ‘Clap for Carers’.

Nottingham DJ Chris Hailes, who was behind the idea, said he chose the song as it was “relevant to the times”.

He set up speakers on the fifth floor of his apartment block to blast out the song and said it had been well-received by people.

“Everybody knows it - young and old. It lifts spirits. It’s a feel-good song.”

D:Ream frontman Peter Cunnah, who hails from Derry, said: “I got shivers. I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing... I was in tears.”