Girls Aloud: the surprising stories behind 8 of their biggest hits

With an astonishing 20 consecutive top ten hits, 4.3 million singles sold and 4 million albums, Girls Aloud are the biggest-selling girl group of the 21st century.

But what are the stories behind the band’s biggest hits? Who was offered their breakout hit ‘Sound of the Underground’ first? Which Girls Aloud single gave Cheryl Cole “goosebumps” and which hit nearly didn’t make the album? We’ve delved deep into the group’s history to find out some surprising facts…

1. ‘SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND’

Following their formation on Popstars: The Rivals, the girls were pitted against fellow contestants One True Voice for the 2002 Christmas No. 1 spot. From those first whirring guitars and the faux drum-and-bass beats, it was clear which song would nab the crown: it catapulted Girls Aloud from reality-show winners to a fully fledged pop entity.
What you may not know about the song is that the track had, in fact, already been recorded by short-lived London-based girl group Orchid, whose vocals are allegedly still present in parts of the chorus. And according to Cheryl Cole: Her Story, an unauthorised biography of the Geordie singer, Samantha Mumba turned down the opportunity to record the song, too.
Her loss, as ‘Sound Of The Underground’ spent four weeks at the top of the charts, selling over a half a million copies in the process.

2. ‘NO GOOD ADVICE’

Released as the follow-up to ‘Sound of the Underground’, ‘No Good Advice’ continued down the trajectory of scuzzy guitars, pop production and spunky vocals that would pepper the band’s discography throughout their career. However, this wasn’t always the case. In fact, originally the song was set over a rave backing track and mutated after some tweaks from the Xenomania musicians.
The track originated in the late ’90s, when Xenomania’s Brian Higgins and Miranda Cooper, under the moniker Moonbaby, were signed to London Records, the home of All Saints. However, shortly after being signed, things went pair shaped, and the label went bankrupt. The song’s lyrics deal with the strained relationship between the duo and the defunct record label, which, strangely, would later mirror Girls Aloud’s own relationship with their then manager, Louis Walsh.
However, Cooper and Higgins aren’t the only writers to feature on ‘No Good Advice’. In fact, Lene Nystrøm, from the Danish-Norwegian group Aqua, also has a co-write on the track.

3. ‘LIFE GOT COLD’

The Oasis-like track nearly didn’t make the group’s debut album. Producer and writer Brian Higgins claimed that he didn’t think that the band could master such an emotive song, but changed his mind once he heard their version, claiming: “They really nailed the melancholic aspect of it, and it sounded beautiful.” The song was one of the final few added to the group’s debut album and, according to Nicola Roberts, was the group’s favourite song on the collection.

4. ‘LOVE MACHINE’

Released as the second song from Girls Aloud’s sophomore album What Will The Neighbours Say, ‘Love Machine’ is perhaps one of the group’s most distinctive and memorable songs, and even got indie thumbs up from then-newcomers, Arctic Monkeys.
According to the liner notes of the mighty Girls Aloud Singles Box Set, ‘Love Machine’ was written via a method Xenomania have of writing songs where they would sing nonsense lyrics over a backtrack and see what became of it. The Smiths supposedly inspired the backing track.
In Girls Aloud’s autobiography, Dreams That Glitter: Our Story, Nicola Roberts recalls how the song was recorded in 18(!) parts over three days, and how there was debate around releasing the now iconic song as a single (Sarah Harding wanted ‘Deadlines & Diets’, apparently).
In an interview with trendy fashion magazine Ponystep, Brian Higgins claimed that Girls Aloud’s label requested that Xenomania write and produce all of Girls Aloud’s second album, otherwise they weren’t “going to do this group any more”.

5. ‘BIOLOGY’

Without doubt, ‘Biology’ is the song that woke the rest of the world up to the power of Girls Aloud. In fact, The Guardian called the track “the best pop song of the last decade”, while notoriously indie US music site Pitchfork placed the song at 245 on the ‘Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s’, despite the band never truly achieving success in the United States.
Speaking of the song’s conception, Miranda Cooper said: “‘Biology’ was just that little piano hook at the beginning, but I remember it probably took two years to work out how to come out of that intro, what it would go into.” Similarly, the song’s line about “Wicked games”, was actually inspired by a discarded cover of Chris Isaak’s iconic melancholic song ‘Wicked Game’, which Girls Aloud had recorded. It also takes nearly two minutes for the song to reach its chorus.
In 2006 Brian Higgins claimed that ‘Biology’ was his favourite Xenomania track. Speaking to trade publication MusicWeek, he said: “I heard the intro and I knew that was a hit, although it was only five seconds.”

6. ‘SEXY! NO NO NO…’

Ever wondered why ‘Sexy! No No No…’ sounds like three songs mashed together? Well, that’s because it is. However, according to Brian Higgins, “‘Sexy! No, No, No’ sounded ridiculously challenging because we thought that radio wasn’t going to play them anyway. It was like two fingers up to everybody. You’re not going to play them on the radio, anyway, so we’ll give you something that you couldn’t play.”

7. ‘CALL THE SHOTS’

In a list compiled by Billboard, Girls Aloud’s ‘Call the Shots’ was named the most underrated song by a girl group. Despite this, the song still managed to peak at number three in the UK. Originally intended as the lead single from the group’s first greatest hits collection The Sound of Girls Aloud, it was deemed too “downbeat” and was eventually released as the second single from Tangled Up, the band’s fourth album.
Speaking to The Guardian, songwriter Miranda Cooper stated that ‘Call the Shots’ was inspired by an article named after Miranda Hobbes from Sex and the City, which investigated how women were earning more than men.
The track was begun during a sojourn Xenomania took in Paris while Girls Aloud were off filming their fly-on-the-wall TV show The Passions of Girls Aloud, but took nearly two years to finish.

8. ‘THE PROMISE’

Released in the latter half of 2008, ‘The Promise’ was only the second Girls Aloud lead single to debut at number one. Somewhat helped by Cheryl’s stint as a judge on The X Factor, the song was a sonic departure for the group, and won them their first BRIT award.
The instrumental for the track was co-written by two Australian writers from camp Xenomania, Jason Resch and Kieran Jones. Speaking of the writing process, Cooper said: “Brian was so sure it was going to be a huge hit that we literally planned the day that we would be writing this ‘number one’. I think that was obviously when we’d had a lot of success and we were very confident.”
The song was written in seven minutes on a sunny Thursday, but the day before the song was due to be submitted to the label they re-recorded the entire backing track. Cutting it pretty fine…

Credit to Digital Spy for this article

http://www.digitalspy.com/music/feature/a795705/girls-aloud-surprising-stories-behind-their-biggest-hits/

Sarah helps cheer on at Rave and Ride

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Sarah helped cheer on the guys taking part in Rave and Ride this weekend, which saw them doing an indoor studio bike challenge to raise money for Mnda Motor Neuron disease association.

They managed to succeed in getting 2 new world records and managed to raise loads of money for MNDA

http://www.raveandride.com/

 

Sarah attends the LGBT awards

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Sarah attended the LGBT awards in London on 13th May.

If you like her dress its from Spotted on a celeb , it costs £195.00 and you can buy it Here

 

Yogi Snap has launched

Sarah’s exclusive range of hats featuring her gorgeous French Bulldog Yogi relaunched yesterday.

http://yogisnap.myshopify.com/

There’s 10 different hats to pick from and range from £19.99 to £29.99 plus postage.

The hats are really good quality and if you’re looking for a hat for the cold winter months look no further than the trapper, this will keep your head warm in the coldest of our winter days.

Beanies

yogi008This is the Yogi bobble hat Black/White/Pink it costs £19.99

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yogi009This is the Yogi bobble hat Green/Pink costing £19.99

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Trapper

yogi010Yogi fur hat with ear warmers costing £24.99

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Snapbacks

yogi006This is the Yogi Snap Hat Black and White costing £19.99

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yogi007This is the Yogi Snap Hat Black and Pink costing £19.99

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This is the Yogi Snap Hat Yogi All Over Me costing £19.99

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Special Edition Snap Backs

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This is the Yogi Snap Hat Black and White with Silver crystals costing £29.99

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This is the Yogi Snap Hat Black and White with Silver and black crystals costing £29.99

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This is the Yogi Snap Hat Black and Pink with Pink crystals costing £29.99

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This is the Yogi Snap Hat Black and Pink with Pink and Silver crystals costing £29.99

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YogiSnap relaunches today at 4pm

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Sarah’s hat range YogiSnap re-launches today at 4pm. There’s going to be a limited special edition of the hat, so if you don’t don’t miss out on getting on and head to www.yogisnap.com as soon after 4pm as you can.

www.yogisnap.com

Sarah on The Chase Celebrity special

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Sarah was on The Chase Celebrity Special last night. If you missed it you can catch up on the link below.

http://www.itv.com/hub/the-chase-celebrity-specials/2a1400a0057

Behind the scenes BluCig shoot

Here’s a behind the scenes video from the photoshoot for Blu Cigs that Sarah did a few weeks ago.

Sarah will be relaunching YogiSnap soon

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Sarah will be relaunching Yogi Snap soon, this will be news welcomed by a lot of you guys as we know how much you guys loved her range last time around. Its so nice seeing how many of you guys bought hats last time around. Hope everyone will continue to support Sarah and Yogisnap when it relaunches soon.

Keep your eyes open for more information.

Sarah will be on Celebrity The Chase 24th April 2016

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Sarah will appear on The Chase celebrity special on the 24th April 2016 on iTV at 6.55pm till 8pm.

Make sure you all turn in to watch Sarah in action.

Credit to Gallery Aloud for the info and pics.

Sarah does a photoshoot for Blu Ecigs

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Sarah did a photoshoot on Friday 8th April 2016 for Blu E Cigarettes.

 

https://www.blu.com/en/GB