Alisha's Attic

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Alisha's Attic
Shelly (left) and Karen (right)
Shelly (left) and Karen (right)
Background information
OriginLondon, England
Years active1996–2001
LabelsUniversal, Mercury
Associated actsShelly McErlaine
Past membersShelly McErlaine
Karen Poole

Alisha's Attic were an English pop duo of the 1990s and early 2000s. The two members were sisters Shelly McErlaine (born Poole) and Karen Poole, born in Barking and Chadwell Heath respectively.[1][2] Their father is Brian Poole of 1960s group Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.[3]


Karen and Shelly's recording career began with the release of their debut single "I Am, I Feel", which quickly became a radio and chart hit in the UK. This was followed in November 1996 by their entirely self-written debut album Alisha Rules the World.[3] The platinum selling album was produced by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and spawned four top 15 UK hits and substantial success in Europe and Japan. They were nominated for a 1997 Brit Award[4] for Best Newcomer, and also nominated that year for an Ivor Novello Award for the best lyrical and melodic composition. In July 1997, the band played at the first Lilith Fair festival.[5] They also toured with INXS, and supported Jon Bon Jovi as well as their own headline tours throughout the late nineties.

Alisha's Attic went on to release two more albums, Illumina (silver in the UK) which produced the singles "The Incidentals", "Wish I Were You" and "Barbarella", and the critically acclaimed album The House We Built, a mostly live album recorded with Bill Bottrell in Mendocino, USA.[6] The two singles from this album were "Pretender Got My Heart" (which was featured in the film Bridget Jones's Diary) and "Push It All Aside". Both of these singles featured videos made by Sophie Muller. The group released one more album in Japan - Japanese Dream - before they went their separate ways in 2004.

Both members went on to become successful songwriters. Shelly is also in the band Red Sky July.


Alisha's Attic discography
Studio albums5
Compilation albums1

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Alisha Rules the World
  • Released: November 1996
  • Label: Mercury
14 54 58 29
Japanese Dream
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Mercury
  • Released: October 1998
  • Label: Mercury
15 31
The House We Built
  • Released: July 2001
  • Label: Mercury
55 90
The Attic Vaults I
  • Released: August 2001
  • Fan club release only
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
The Collection
  • Released: July 2003
  • Label: Spectrum Music


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
1996 "I Am, I Feel" 14 18 40 69 13 14 23 Alisha Rules the World
"Alisha Rules the World" 12 26 69 24 16 60
1997 "Indestructible" 12 128 13
"Air We Breathe" 12 13
1998 "The Incidentals" 13 14 Illumina
"Wish I Were You" 29 27
1999 "Barbarella" 34 30
2001 "Push It All Aside" 24 17 The House We Built
"Pretender Got My Heart" 43 51
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other songs[edit]


  1. ^ "Alisha's Attic – news, lyrics, pictures, reviews, biography, videos, best songs, discography, concerts, gossip, pictures and tour dates". 26 September 1998. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  2. ^ Kwaku (29 June 1996). "Mercury betting the house on Alisha's attic". Billboard. Vol. 108 no. 26, p58. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ a b Sexton, Paul; Horak, Terri (15 March 1997). "Mercury set to open up U.K.'s Alisha's Attic in U.S". Billboard. Vol. 109 no. 11. p. 15. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. ^ Hudson, Heidi (April 1997). "Alisha's Attic". Lesbian News. 22 (9): 37. ISSN 0739-1803.
  5. ^ Alisha Rules The World: 24 July 1997
  6. ^ Tony Barrell (25 February 2001). "A Town Called Alisha". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Official Charts > Alisha's Attic". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  8. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  9. ^ a b German chart peaks:
  10. ^ "Scottish Albums". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  11. ^ a b "UK Certification". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  12. ^ "French Singles". Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Irish Singles". Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Scottish Singles". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Swedish Singles". Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts Accreditations - 1997 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 4 June 2016.

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