25 Reasons Why The Saturdays Are The Best Thing Since The Spice Girls

A list appeared on Buzzfeed a week or so ago about how Little Mix are the best thing since the Spice Girls. Although ‘the Mix’ have got ‘Move’ under their belts, Buzzfeed missed a key detail: The Saturdays.

Here are The Saturdays.

The Saturdays

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They are the best thing since the Spice Girls.

The Spice Girls

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1. They have some incredible songs. Exhibit A:

2. Exhibit B:

3. Exhibit C:

(the list goes on)

4. They have the best B-sides.

5. Not forgetting some album tracks that really should have been singles.

6. They consistently have the best single covers in the UK.

All Fired Up

(Polydor)

Not Giving Up

(Polydor)

7. That logo.

Work

(Polydor)

8. They made the humble bar chart the chicest way to travel.

Up

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9. This is the most fashionable use of umbrellas since ‘Umbrella (feat. Jay-Z)’.

Issues

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9. They had the best music reality show of all time. The moment when they heard that ‘Missing You’ was Number 1 in the mid-weeks was priceless.

10. It got to Number 3, which led to this. It’s almost refreshing to see a band be disappointed with a chart position (rather than the usual media-trained spiel).

11. This also made it much more special when they got their first Number 1. It was like watching your child at their graduation.

12. They have phenomenal hair and equally brilliant hairography.

All Fired Up

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13. They’ve mastered the art of ‘hiding a pregnancy in a music video’.

(THAT BUSH).

14. They have the cutest children in pop.

❤️

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15. They had a choreography session to help them walk in time. The struggle is real.

16. Una is married to Ben Foden. What a beautiful couple.

Just taken our seats at the @PrideOfBritain awards X

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17. Rochelle is married to Marvin from JLS, making them the UK’s Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

Happiness makes me whole ❤️

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18. Frankie is engaged to Wayne Bridge (Posh and Becks?)

So much love ❤️

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19. She’s the youngest ambassador that mental health charity ‘Mind’ has ever had (she’s basically the best role model).

20. Mollie is a beacon of joy.

21. And she loves Britney. You literally cannot go wrong with anyone that loves Britney (this has not been clinically tested etc).

22. Vanessa’s voice.

23. They’re really good at selling stuff.

Honestly, who doesn’t want one of those curling ‘things’ after watching that?

24. They’re actually just really good friends.

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25. But mostly, what an incredible discography.

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Lily Allen: Still Alright?

Lily Allen

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In the time before acoustic guitars and faux-modesty, Lily Allen was Britain’s finest female pop star. She had two triple platinum albums. Plus ‘The Fear’. What a song.

In 2010, she took a break (she called it a retirement but seeing as she’s back it was more of a hiatus).

But something has changed since her return to pop. Her appearance on last weeks episode of The Graham Norton Show failed to impress the tweeting public.

In a review of her new single ‘Air Balloon’, Robert Copsey of Digital Spy wrote: “she’s only three songs into her comeback, but Lily Allen is already starting to sound fed up.” Has Lily Allen failed to rekindle what she left in 2010?

The answer is no: Lily Allen is better than ever.

‘Somewhere Only We Know’ was literally terrible. She doesn’t particularly like it though. So much so that she called the Radio 1 Breakfast Show to get it removed from the database. It’s this self-awareness that separates her from the pack. Is Ellie Goulding’s favourite Ellie Goulding song the Leona Lewis reject ‘Burn’? Probably not.

‘Somewhere Only We Know’ aside, Lily Allen is yet to hit a bum note during her comeback. ‘Hard Out Here’ is a proper comeback single. Controversy is matched here equally by general brilliance, which is further combined with an intelligent video (the ‘Baggy Pussy’ balloons are still genius). Eva Wiseman (from The Observer) called the song ‘a feminist text with a really catchy drum beat. This is not JUST a pop song, this is an open letter to the Mail Online.’

New single ‘Air Balloon’ is completely different though. Bradley Stern, of MuuMuse, writes ‘sure, it’s not nearly as biting as ‘Hard Out Here’. But does it need to be?” No, it doesn’t. Releasing two controversial singles in a row rarely works. Even Miley Cyrus gave in and released the melodic ‘Wrecking Ball’ after ‘We Can’t Stop’.

Her (incredibly titled) album ‘Sheezus’ is out in May, and includes a song called ‘Chipping Norton’, which is about the phone hacking scandal. In an interview with Q Magazine (Issue 331), she said ‘I like to be frank, whether it’s about sex or politics or feminism’.

Lily Allen hasn’t lost it. Forget balls, she has the biggest tits in pop.

Review: Tove Lo – ‘Not On Drugs’

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Swedish pop is the best kind of music, isn’t it? Obviously there’s Robyn, connoisseur of sad disco and Loreen, whose dance music is perhaps best suited to a rave in the wilderness. Add to that the likes of Icona Pop, Say Lou Lou and Agnes and there really is no contest (Melodifestivalen – the Eurovision song selection – aside)

Sweden’s next great pop hope is Tove Lo, whose new song ‘Not On Drugs’ premiered earlier on Swedish radio.

The song starts firmly in Lana Del Rey territory: downbeat and melancholic. Don’t be mistaken though: this is an intelligent love song.

Then the chorus happens.

Tove Lo’s ‘thing’ is the barnstorming chorus. The chorus on last years ‘Habits’ could raise the dead (note the great use of the word ‘twinkie’ in the verse). She came in even harder  (like a wrecking ball?) on ‘Out Of Mind’. Her hardest hit though is on ‘Not On Drugs’, with a chorus infectious enough to get even the most casual fan bopping.

In many ways this and ‘Habits’ are a two-part ‘experience’. The former talks about being so in love that you feel high, the latter is about using drugs to get over someone. Is this lazy song-writing? Perhaps, but if it isn’t broke…

The production is very good too. It starts of subdued before climbing over the trenches onto an electronic minefield. But then a woman who has worked with Max Martin and Xenomania isn’t going to release a badly produced song, let’s be completely honest.

‘Not On Drugs’ isn’t flaw free, however. The vocals have lost some of the dirt that was present on the (now removed) demo, which sounds like she was actually high on love. She dubs her music ‘dirrrrty POP!’, and she has scrubbed a bit too hard here.

Having said all that, what an incredible song. Let’s imagine for a moment being Tove Lo and knowing that you have this song in your repertoire. Does she pat herself on the back every night? She should do.

‘Not On Drugs’ is taken from her EP ‘Truth Serum’, which is out March 3 (AKA MONDAY).

(You would be able to listen to it but it’s been removed from Soundcloud ‘lol’)

EDIT: here’s it is: