Best Girls Aloud Single

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"The Show"

Poll Results

OptionVotes
No Good Advice 9
Biology 9
The Show 6
Love Machine 5
I Think We're Alone Now3
Long Hot Summer 3
Something Kinda Ooooh 1
Sound of the Underground 1
Jump 1
I'll Stand By You 0
See The Day 0
Whole Lotta History 0
Life Got Cold 0
Wake Me Up 0


groovemaaan, Friday, 27 April 2007 19:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Biology.

zeus, Friday, 27 April 2007 19:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

otm

And the Tony Lamezma remix only add to the brilliance.

musically, Friday, 27 April 2007 19:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

*adds

and why can't we see poll end dates anymore?

musically, Friday, 27 April 2007 19:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

This is the first poll I have voted on. I voted for Biology because it is more brilliant than all the rest, which are pretty much all brilliant, except for the cover versions which are kind of meh (except See The Day which is quite good).

Hurrah for useful contributions to poll threads!

ailsa, Friday, 27 April 2007 20:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

Well, *someone* has to vote for Jump...

mike t-diva, Saturday, 28 April 2007 00:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's Long Hot Summer or The Show. I'm gonna have to think about it for a while...

Matt Armstrong, Saturday, 28 April 2007 05:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

i have finally decided that something kind of ooh is vying for the top spot with NGA.

Alan, Saturday, 28 April 2007 09:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

(Jump easily the best of the covers)

Alan, Saturday, 28 April 2007 09:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

'something kinda ooooh' is a total monster, i really underrated it at the time because it seemed like retreading old ground, when in actual fact it was the equivalent of britney's 'stronger' - the same template but harder faster stronger better.

i was tempted to tick 'i'll stand by you' but it's still 'no good advice' i think, 'the show' and 'whole lotta history' the other main competitors.

'biology' is the second worst GA single ever i think.

lex pretend, Saturday, 28 April 2007 10:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

the worst three are 'i think we're alone now', 'life got cold', and 'whole lotta history'

That one guy that quit, Saturday, 28 April 2007 10:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

walk this way being out of the running saves us the worry

Alan, Saturday, 28 April 2007 12:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

lol i forgot that

That one guy that quit, Saturday, 28 April 2007 12:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

no good advice - pretty hard to beat.

CharlieNo4, Saturday, 28 April 2007 13:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

Love Machine

Dom Passantino, Saturday, 28 April 2007 13:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm gonna have to think about this - it's either The Show, Love Machine or Biology.

chap, Saturday, 28 April 2007 13:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'm going with 'long hot summer'. it will annoy lex, but also it owns.

That one guy that quit, Saturday, 28 April 2007 14:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Love Machine" is my kneejerk favourite 4eva.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 28 April 2007 14:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm surprised Racy Lacey wasn't a single. A great video for it would seem quite easy...

Matt Armstrong, Saturday, 28 April 2007 17:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted for The Show in the end. I love the structure - no verse or chorus, just loads of different bits, all really good.

chap, Saturday, 28 April 2007 17:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

best GA single = NGA!

danzig, Saturday, 28 April 2007 17:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm very tempted to choose "Long Hot Summer" actually! This is a difficult poll though, I'd never thought about it but "No Good Advice", "The Show", "Love Machine", "Long Hot Summer", "Biology", "Whole Lotta History" and "Something Kind of Ooh" all hover around the same level of goodness.

"Singapore" should have been a single rather than a b-side.

Tim F, Sunday, 29 April 2007 00:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

This is pretty much as expected, but who all voted for "I Think We're Alone Now?" - the worst GA single bar walk this way.

danzig, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 15:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

I am kind of tempted to start a follow-up tie-breaker poll, but I will refrain.

Groke, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 15:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm surprised Racy Lacey wasn't a single.

very glad it wasn't!

best GA non-single = It's Magic

blueski, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 15:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

best GA non-single = Graffiti My Soul. I thought everyone agreed on this.

danzig, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 15:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

best GA non-single = "Some Kind Of Miracle"

Groke, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 15:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

If I'd voted, I'd have voted for No Good Advice, but I missed this thread, so NGA wins.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 15:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Best non-single = WILD HORSES

Matt DC, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 15:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Or possibly SWINGING LONDON TOWN

Matt DC, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 15:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

"You Freak Me Out" - was this a single anywhere?

Groke, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 15:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

POV GA non-singles in order:

graffiti my soul
it's magic
swinging london town
watch me go
some kind of miracle

lex pretend, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 15:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

god 'biology' is so overrated. it's SO BADLY PRODUCED.

lex pretend, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 15:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

nonsense

blueski, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 15:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

Huh, no love for Wake me Up. The top four are all better, but it's still good.

chap, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 15:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

Don't think 'You Freak Me Out' was released anywhere, no. They performed it on CD:UK then someone changed their mind.

'Biology' is the answer. Or 'No Good Advice'.

Or 'Love Machine'.

Matthew H, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 15:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

wtf 'i think we're alone now' with 3 votes

lex pretend, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 15:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

"If I'd voted, I'd have voted for No Good Advice, but I missed this thread, so NGA wins."

Yeah, but I was about to say the same thing, only for Biology. IT'S STILL A TIE!

Though I'll say that even though my roommate makes fun of me, the Girls Aloud best of was probably the best ILX-prompted purchase I've made.

I eat cannibals, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 15:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'd have voted "Life got cold" but maybe I wouldn't have.

Mark G, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 16:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

wtf with Something Kinda Ooooh on 1 there :-(

Alan, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 16:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

rate the 5 zeroes:

Wake Me Up > I'll Stand By You > Whole Lotta History > See The Day > Life Got Cold

Alan, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 16:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

Actually, in listening through again, I might have gone with Sound of the Underground. It's better than No Good Advice, anyway.

I eat cannibals, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 16:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

the five aeroes:

whole lotta history >>>>> i'll stand by you > wake me up > life got cold > see the day

they're all v g though

lex pretend, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 16:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

it will always baffle me how you rate their covers over 'biology'

blueski, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 16:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wake Me Up go 0? Bah, that's obviously because I didn't get time to vote in the poll. :-(

I love the guitar riff on that song. I know that's a totally rockist sort of a thing to say, but I do.

Masonic Boom, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 16:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

not rockist! it's a smashing buzzy guitar riff. and def needs more love.

Alan, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 16:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

The 5 0s

Wake Me Up
Life Got Cold
See The Day
Long Hot Summer
I'll Stand By You

Is Wake Me Up really so unpopular? Or does everyone who likes it just like No Good Advice more?

V, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 16:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

long hot summer got 3 dude. you skipped whole lotta history.

Alan, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 16:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oops, put that second then.

V, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 16:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

a song getting 0 doesn't mean it's unpopular, it just means it's nobody's favourite.

blueski, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 16:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

That's what I thought, it probably explains why SOTU is so low too.

V, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 17:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Or does everyone who likes it just like No Good Advice more?"

Something seems to have gone grammatically wrong there, what I meant was that people who like it probably also like NGA, but more.

V, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 17:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

what we need is someone to collect scores out of 10 for every track and then correlate the scores.

Alan, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 17:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

noooooooo...

blueski, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 17:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

errr, this thread's been taken over by nerds.

danzig, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 17:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Not sure if it needs its own thread but I've just heard the new Cheryl Cole single and it's... fairly rub.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1b1YGIedsk

where's the kick-ass BEAT that should really come in at the chorus? BOO.

Background Zombie (CharlieNo4), Wednesday, 9 September 2009 15:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

Sorry, that's rubbish.

chap, Wednesday, 9 September 2009 15:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

Don't know who I'm apologising to.

chap, Wednesday, 9 September 2009 15:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

What's the betting that some autotune bobbins was on that track and then hastily removed?

the visible spectrum is rainbows (snoball), Wednesday, 9 September 2009 15:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

Wha? It's totally still there! The unsubtle Auto-Tune is but one of the 117 reasons I'm disappointed by this.

Background Zombie (CharlieNo4), Wednesday, 9 September 2009 15:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hadn't seen this poll!

Would have voted for I'll Stand By You, narrowly over I'll Stand By You - the ballads are definitely their best suit.

Gravel Puzzleworth, Wednesday, 9 September 2009 15:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

Um, narrowly over Whole Lotta History, even!

Gravel Puzzleworth, Wednesday, 9 September 2009 15:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

(xxpost) I mean autotune in the Cher/T-Pain sense. Listening to the track I'm left waiting for a hook that doesn't appear, and as the chorus is otherwise flat and boring I think the effect would have been applied there.

the visible spectrum is rainbows (snoball), Wednesday, 9 September 2009 15:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

Girls Aloud star takes £20 prize
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8246563.stm

Roberts expressed dismay that the £20 was trapped in a plastic container
Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts turned up at a pub in central London to accept a tongue-in-cheek alternative to the Mercury Prize on Tuesday night.

The 23-year-old was presented with a solitary £20 note after her band's hit The Promise was named single of the year by music website Popjustice.

"How do I feel? I feel so liberated," she joked as she posed for photographs.

At the same event, the Sugababes were awarded worst single of the year for Girls. They will receive a £20 invoice.

The Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize was established as a light-hearted antidote to the more serious Mercury Prize - where the winner receives £20,000.

"The voting process is sort of a shambles," said Popjustice editor and chairman of the 35-strong jury, Peter Robinson.

"I draw up a shortlist of 12 songs and then, over the course of the evening in a pub with a lot of alcohol, a group of judges who have applied through the website eliminate one song at a time."

'Daunting'

Girls Aloud have won the prize five times in the last seven years.

Roberts arrived for the ceremony during a particularly heated argument over whether her song or Tinchy Stryder's Take Me Back should remain in the running.

She later nominated Girls Aloud's own The Loving Kind for worst single of the year.

"It was so interesting to hear people thrash out opinions on all the other bands and other songs - as daunting as it was," she told the BBC News website.

"But the best song won in the end."

However, the Liverpudlian singer expressed dismay that the £20 note came "in a little plastic container".

"You can't actually spend the money, but it's there on your shelf," she laughed.


Mark G, Wednesday, 9 September 2009 15:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

<3 Nicola

Cheryl single even more disappointing than expected. (If that's possible?)

Not the real Village People, Wednesday, 9 September 2009 21:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

I don't think the Cheryl single is that bad. It's just a couple of things that ruin it IMO. Namely, her timing is horribly off in some parts. Also the "fight, fight, fight" part of the chorus doesn't work at all. It's kind of surprising considering how Xenomania are usually obsessed with these details... But give the backing track to someone else (I'm thinking Rihanna, for instance), change some of the words, and you'd end up with a decent, maybe even excellent, song.

one boob is free with one (daavid), Wednesday, 9 September 2009 22:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hey, Xenomania has nothing to do with this song.

abcfsk, Thursday, 10 September 2009 10:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

just realised when this emerged that i had no idea what cheryl cole's singing voice actually sounded like. after listening i still don't.

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 September 2009 10:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

Biology, fo' sho'.If there was a new poll I've got a real soft spot for Call The Shots, but I know loads of people hate it, so even though I don't think it's their best I'd vote for that

That Cheryl track is guff.

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 10 September 2009 10:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

I think I voted The Show. I hope I voted The Show.

the ballads are definitely their best suit.

Couldn't disagree more.

chap, Thursday, 10 September 2009 12:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

If there was a new poll I've got a real soft spot for Call The Shots, but I know loads of people hate it, so even though I don't think it's their best I'd vote for that

Aw, I love that song too! Think I got hooked after repeatedly listening to it in an attempt to make grammatical sense of the chorus.

Peinlich Manoeuvre (NickB), Thursday, 10 September 2009 13:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

Call the Shots is good. I also really like The Promise.

chap, Thursday, 10 September 2009 13:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

Flicking through a Woman's Own at the checkout yesterday, the cover story was an x-factor twofer: Simon & Cheryl's worst nightmares. Inside a double-page with the moving story of S's learning ten years ago of his father's death on one side. On the opposite page: C's horror at realising Alexandra Burke has a single out this month too.

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 10 September 2009 14:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

Girls Aloud aren’t bad exactly at ballads, but they’re a long, long way behind their up-beat tunes.

THIS is how you do a ballad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3C57O17Ui4

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah the Sugababes are infinitely better at balladry. I don't know what kind of bizarro universe one must be in to think that Girls Aloud's strong suit is ballads...I don't think I have heard a GA ballad on my own volition in years and I'm all the better for it.

musically, Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

And this thread makes me miss old Girls Aloud. Sexy No No No, Call the Shots, Can't Speak French, The Promise, The Loving Kind, Untouchable: competent but boring. Xenomania takes themselves too seriously now.

musically, Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

it's true. some of those are less than competent, too.

sugababes have also fallen off in recent years, but somehow their old stuff (first four albums, give or take a few duffers) just gets better and better: it holds up really strongly. girls aloud's...hasn't, in the slightest. maybe because GA's problem was diminishing returns on the same qualities to the extent that they almost seem like a very boring parody of themselves now, whereas sugababes were always a) magpies flitting from one style to another, b) were fundamentally really good singers.

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

There is a more timeless quality about the Sugababes' output, they have been all over the place but in a good way. Their critics might call them flighty for moving around from sound to sound but they have never stuck around one style for too long to get stuck in a rut and that has worked to their benefit. Girls Aloud have been on the same level their whole career and now that they have squeezed all the blood from the turnip (excuse my half-heartedly crafted analogy there) they are still sticking around the same sound, and why shouldn't they? The irony of it all is that they are at the pinnacle of their commercial success and neither the girls nor Xenomania have any incentive to recapture their old style. Looking at the list of their latest singles, when I picture them singing the songs I don't see cheer or giddiness or abandon, I see restrained maturity from a bunch of ice queens. They were at their musical best when they were wearing shiny silver spacesuits and wearing bikinis in car garages. Now they are classy fashionistas and Cheryl Cole is England's Sweetheart (by the way I remember when she was a violent racist chav, her publicist needs an OBE or MBE or whatever it is you give out). Shame.

musically, Thursday, 10 September 2009 17:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

Sugababes = Beatles, GA = Stones?

the visible spectrum is rainbows (snoball), Thursday, 10 September 2009 17:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

The only song by either Sugarbabes or Girls Aloud that I ever play is "Hole in the Head".

"So messy!" (HI DERE), Thursday, 10 September 2009 17:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

Would you let your son date a Girls Aloud?

musically, Thursday, 10 September 2009 17:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

They were at their musical best when they were wearing shiny silver spacesuits and wearing bikinis in car garages

Wait, early GA as Ziggy era Bowie?

the visible spectrum is rainbows (snoball), Thursday, 10 September 2009 18:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

Biology is legitimately incredible by any standard.

Custard Cream, Saturday, 6 January 2018 17:33 (three months ago) Permalink

How surprising that Lex doesn’t like “Biology.”

Mr. Snrub, Saturday, 6 January 2018 18:01 (three months ago) Permalink


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