December 8, 2004

Girls Aloud: Gift-wrapped kitty cats



The Brits take the idea of a Girl Group very seriously. They continue to tinker in Hello Kitty-wall papered laboratories, seeking the perfect combination of vocal harmony talent, shiny legs, psuedo-innocence and blow-job lips. The problem is that most producers forget the songs. Not Girls Aloud. Their songs are always the most: the most beats per minute, the most guitars, the most vaguely dirty lyrics, the most hooks crammed into one song.

We live in a PSG World (that's Post-Spice Girls, drips!), where the girls actually had individual personalities, albeit somewhat cartoonish. I think the blueprint for the working-class Girls Aloud is actually Bananarama, who once sang a song with the chorus,
"I wish you were in our shoes / I wish you could be us / Washing all your laundry / and riding on the bus."

I was going to review What Will The Neighbours Say, the new Girls Aloud CD, but I gave up when I read the Popjustice Review. This time Popjustice adds little one-line video treatments as a way to describe the song. My favorite: 'Speed' meets 'Twister'. Band members cling to telegraph poles. Perrrfect.

Popjustice also has a knack for picking out the best song lyrics (and there are many to choose from), though they miss one of my favorites (remember this is dippy pop, people!): "We're gift-wrapped kitty cats / We only turn into tigers when we gotta fight back"

Girls Aloud website
HMV samples (try The Show for their signature sound)
Here is my previous review of The Show

2 comments:

The Dancing Kids said...

You know, I often think "Shoulda hung around the kitchen in my underwear..."

LOVE your description of the UK laboratory!

I know you have this album already so why aren't you burning me a copy - or rather - making me a TAPE for my VOLVO!!?!??!?!

xolondon said...

Well, you ARE a gift-wrapped kitty cat and not ashamed of it, so it doesn't surprise me that you would be curious about Girls Aloud. Who says I have not done a tape for your Vulva - I mean Volvo?