June 4, 2007 / 1:20 PM / in 11 years

Pigeon Detectives fulfil hype, but Zimmers on a roll

LONDON (Reuters) - Leeds band Pigeon Detectives lived up to their hype when their debut album “Wait For Me” shot straight into this week’s charts at number three, the Official UK Charts Company revealed on Sunday.

The Pigeon Detectives in an undated photo courtesy of Dance To The Radio. REUTERS/Handout

But a group of pensioners, Zimmers, whose front man is 90, outperformed expectations, gliding to 26 in the singles chart with their version of The Who’s “My Generation”.

The band was formed as part of a BBC documentary to show the isolation felt by many of the nation’s elderly.

Pigeon Detectives, who formed in 2002, found acclaim among DJs and the musical press when they performed at last year’s Reading and Leeds festivals, being tagged as the “band most likely to leap to the main stage in 2007”.

The band have now lived up to that promise, though they were unable to displace “It Won’t be Soon Before Long” by American soul-influenced rock band Maroon 5 from top spot or “Minutes to Midnight” by Linkin Park from number two.

Soul singer Amy Winehouse made way for the Pigeon Detectives with her “Back to Black” album dropping one to four.

It was a good week for West Yorkshire bands, with the Kaiser Chiefs’ “Yours Truly Angry Mob” moving up from 10 to eight.

Otherwise, there was little movement among the top 10 albums, with Mika’s “Life in Cartoon Motion” remaining at five, Michael Buble’s “Call Me Irresponsible” losing headway from four to six, Arctic Monkeys’ “Favourite Worst Nightmare” slipping a place to seven and Cascada’s “Everytime We Touch” holding on at nine.

The only other new entrant was America’s urban R&B singer R Kelly making number 10 with “Double Up”.

Girls were the big hitters in the singles charts where Mutya Buena’s “Real Girl” made a real impact at number two, up from nine the previous week. Calvin Harris’s “The Girls” was a new entrant at nine.

Twang’s “Either Way” looked odds-on, jumping from 33 to eight. R&B singer Rihanna maintained top spot for the third week with “Umbrella”, a song featuring rapper Jay-Z.

“Beautiful Liar”, a duet by Beyonce and Shakira, remained unchanged at three, while California pop band Hellogoodbye struggled to improve on four with “Here (in Your Arms)”.

Maroon 5’s single “Makes Me Wonder” could not hold on to two and fell to five, while Gym Class Heroes ran out of puff with “Cupid’s Chokehold”, losing one to six.

Previous faller “Give It To Me” — a collaboration by Timberland, Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake — continued its recent slow rise to seven.

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