eat look listen

Welcome. Also, I like Girls Aloud too much.

Posted in Music by eatlooklisten on October 13, 2008

Okay, so I have too many blog-type-things on the interwebs – Several Blogger blogs that languish without updates, a Twitter that I’ve since given up on, a Tumblog that was fun for about 12 minutes. They’re fun, shiny things that distract me until something else comes along.

However, I’ve decided to get rid of those things altogher, and combine them all into this catchall of the things that I think about, find, and like. And I’m going to talk about one of them now.

If you know me at all, and you most likely don’t, you know that I’ve been kind of an unrepentant, dyed-in-the-wool Britpop kid. Since those days, my love for UK mainstream indie has kind of spilled over into things like British movies, comedy, and, yes, even pop music. I mean, I’ve always kind of had a soft spot for radio pop, despite my more “underground” leanings, but the UK in particular has a little something extra.

God. I love their radio pop. I love how the UK embraces silly, campy, ubergay and ridiculously fun pop, the kind of music I fear would never take off here (with exceptions like, say, Katy Perry). There’s one group I hold especially dear to my heart, and that is Girls Aloud.

Their story is pretty crazy – they began on a TV American Idol style show called Popstars: the Rivals where a pair of girl and boy groups were voted into being, and then competed for the coveted Christmas #1 single. Girls Aloud won fair and square with a song called “Sound of the Underground”. I remember hearing it on Radio 1 or something and being fairly impressed…although a bit shallow, the music was pretty sophisticated and there were no contrived vocal acrobatics involved.

After that, I don’t know what it was…their penchant for churning out dancey, fun, and campy music with kind of crappy videos stole my heart, despite myself. Behold, a video I have often made fun of, but god that song is catchy…

I mean, seriously. The shouty “OH YEAH” parts! The indecipherable lyrics (“jumpin’ on my tutu”)! The immediate gay club appeal! Also the video is ridiculous and looks like it was made for $5. Amazing!

I heart them. Their new single is kind of a grower and is strangely a little too 80’s adult contemporary, like I feel like there’s a Simply Red/Swing Out Sister vibe going on. I might forgive them a little, though.


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