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Sugababes - 'Get Sexy'

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Fraser McAlpine | 12:15 UK time, Tuesday, 25 August 2009


It's got to be tough to keep a successful pop career going. Much tougher than it is for rock bands. With rockers, all you need to do is get your sound together, stick to it, write a few songs in the same vein, stick 'em on an album or three, and you're set for life. Pop is more meticulous, has higher standards on a song-by-song basis, and risks total failure every time. Which means that even our most succesful pop acts are only one or two duff songs away from collapsing like a winded smoker.

This is where musical recycling comes in handy. Fellow Sugababes fans will remember that their career was largely saved by a cover version set to the backing of another old song ('Freak Like Me', for Suganewbies). If you can get people to listen to your song because it contains bits of other people's songs, and then buy it, you are officially GOOD TO GO.

It's not just pop stars in trouble who use this tactic either. If Lady GaGa can release a song which quotes liberally from 'Barbie Girl' and 'Ma Baker' by Boney M, and it's still brilliant, clearly this means it's fine to snatch bits from other cheesy pop songs and sort of string them together using glitter glue. Of course, the more brazen the theft, the more you'll need to strut about as if we're all stupid for being bothered about it.

It's fair to say the Sugababes are going to have to give it maximum rooster if they want to get this mess to fly.

(Here's the video. Amelle thought she thaw a puddy tat.)

Let's get the obvious bits out of the way first: Yes, the chorus is 'I'm Too Sexy' by Right Said Fred, only they've not bothered to make it rhyme like it used to. No idea why.

Yes, the "shut up and let me walk" bit is pilfered from the Ting Tings.

Yes, it's fine to claim "if I had a dime for every single time these boys stop and stare, I'd be a billionaire", but really, if you keep going on about how sexy you are, some of those boys are going to want their money back.

Yes, most of the rest of what is going on here owes a debt to the Black Eyed Peas. Amelle's "silly boys" bit - which is brilliant, by the way - may have more than a passing acquaitance with 'My Humps'. And the chorus is desperate for someone to scream "Will.I.Am drop the beat now", in what we are now honour-bound to refer to as a Fergalicious fashion.

Yes it IS strange how Keisha, the only original Sugababe left, seems to be doing the least amount of work.

Yes, the line "it don't matter where I are" is guaranteed to make academics explode with frustration up and down the land.

None of these things are shooting offenses: It's pop music, not school. Bad grammar is fine, copying is fine, so long as everything else is in place. Everything else, in this instance, being a song that you would like to hear again, once it has finished playing.


Two starsDownload: Out now
CD Released: August 31st
BBC Music page

(Fraser McAlpine)


  • Comment number 1.

    Wow, spot on review!

    However, the song is a bit of a grower after a while. I would have gave it an extra star!! I like the techno breakdown despite it copying the whole "Will.i.am. rock the beat now!" from 'Boom Boom Pow'

  • Comment number 2.

    It is hard being a pop act, where one is only one failure away from ignominy.
    Fortunately, music presenting is more forgiving.
    Fearne & Reggie killed off TOTP with moronic interviews and slebrity replacing an interest in music.
    But are they finished? Of course not, now they're doing the same with the Chart Show.
    "Text in who you think is gonna be Number 1" Err, why? Why should I care what someone else thinks will be Number 1, when I'm just about to find out what actually IS Number 1.
    Ditch F&R, replace them with someone who cares about the music & maybe understands the music is the star.

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  • Comment number 4.

    I am in total agreement with Ant in wales .

  • Comment number 5.

    My true feelings on the chart show coming tomorrow . I have been silent too long . Ant you might want to stick around for a while . Fasten your seat belts everyone , its going to be an interesting ride !

  • Comment number 6.

    I caught you Fraser...2 Ting Tings references in 2 reviews! That song has just started playing on the radio in the States, and now I realize why you like it so much. It's so catchy!

    And Spirit, I think I already know what you're going to say about the chart show in relation to this blog. And I have to agree. But we'll have that say tomorrow.

    Good review, by the way (to get this sort of back on topic!). 2-3 stars is about right.

  • Comment number 7.

    2 stars is generous. My ears are bleeding.

  • Comment number 8.

    well i do not really loves the song..

  • Comment number 9.

    Well I like it.

    It's different from any of their previous songs and I think it works.

    4 stars from me.

    Oh, and Ant in Wales, You speak only the truth!

    Comments on a postcard!

  • Comment number 10.

    Sugababes are good singer, I like their song. Maybe it's the right time to be sexy as they are growing and maturing. Good job girls - [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]

  • Comment number 11.

    I really like it
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  • Comment number 12.

    I don't listen to the Chart Show, so I can't comment on it. And I'm no great fan of Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates, let me be clear (although I can't see how they'd be any worse than Edith Bowman and Scott Mills when it comes to irritating buffoons on Radio 1).

    In their defence, I'm not sure how you can say they killed TOTP. I belive it was on its way down the toilet long before they got involved. And triple charisma bypass patient Tim Kash was a faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar worse presenter than them.

    The problem, if there is one, is that they come across like children's TV presenters, or at least that's how they seem to me at times. Not sure if it's because that's what they used to do, and they haven't translated their style to an older audience; or because I'm older and outside of the target audience, and their style is just fine for who they're aiming at.

    Ah well - makes no difference to me.

  • Comment number 13.

    Oh yes, the song - meh. I don't mind the borrowing of "I'm Too Sexy", etc, but it's just such a blatant example of bandwagon-jumping, and an American bandwagon at that. The trancey synths, which have been around in dance music forever and which US hip hop has only just discovered and decided to put in EVERY SONG over the last two years; the American drawling ("If I had a dime..."? A DIME??!! Shut up); oh, just the whole thing.

    They were good when they were 15 (Overload, Run For Cover etc). They were good the second time around (even though Freak Like Me was really just Richard X's project, and they were lucky he couldn't get the rights to the original vocals and needed someone else to re-record them). And they still have the odd really good single (personally I liked Girls, despite ChartBlog tearing it in half); but they used to be actually cool, and they haven't been for quite a long time.

  • Comment number 14.

    Well , to me THE CHART SHOW is one of the jewels in RADIO 1'S CROWN !

    It is the first time that anyone in the world hears the official chart , and it is the absolute foundation on which most of the entire music business is based on .

    Single and album sales are a BIG , BIG DEAL !!!

    HUGE !

    Anyone who has followed me , on this absolutely brilliant blog , excellently managed by Fraser McAlpine , will know that I am deeply passionate about music , have music in my blood and most of the time know what I'm talking about . (OK some of the time ! lol )

    For me the presenters of THE RADIO 1 CHART SHOW , need to as ANT says let the music be the star ! It's ALL about the music .
    Trust me , there are loads of ways you can make the chart show more interesting and exciting than what is currently happening .

    I love music and presenting , with an absolute love and drive , but I CANNOT , CANNOT listen to the chart show because of it's annoying , condascending nature .
    Is it aimed at under 10's ?
    The amount of people I know who love music and the charts , but can't listen to the chart show because of how it is presented ,runs into thousands .
    I find myself literally screaming at the radio every time it's on , because , trust me , I know how it SHOULD be done, and the current way frustrates the life out of me and lots of others !

    You could say , well don't listen to it then ?
    But it's the first way that us music people learn about official chart positions. It's just such a torturous way to find out !!!!

    The CHART show needs to be exciting , informative ,full of suspense , intrigue and letting the music and the songs be the stars of the show.

    My God , I would give so much information about each song .

    Yes , I have hundreds of ideas , I could have stayed silent , but as soon as I read ANT'S words , I had to be true to myself and the world of music !

    The presenter of the RADIO 1 CHART SHOW needs to be in love with the music !


  • Comment number 15.

    OK , back to THE SUGABABES and after the album CATFIGHTS AND SPOTLIGHTS , was a disappointment at retail , and the last single NO CAN DO , barely scraped the top 20 , there were a lot of behind the scenes discussions and plans for this , the next SUGABABES single .

    This NEEDS , for the sake of their well being , to be a TOP 10 single !

    Nothing less will do. Fraser alludes to this superbly in his review.

    The big question is ... will it go TOP 10 ?

    Well , knowing how the pop machine works ,it has all the ingredients to do so .
    1) Sounds great in a club ? YES
    2) Video , that stands up for repeated viewing ? YES.
    3)Catchy chorus , that will get people singing ? YES .
    4) At least 4 strong hooks in a song ? YES .
    5) Radio play at radio 1 ? YES
    6) Airplay on the TV music channels ? YES
    7) A song that will get people talking ? YES
    8) A song aimed at the record buying demographic ? YES

    Sugababes , your future is safe.

    Another TOP TEN SINGLE !

  • Comment number 16.

    spirit don't take this the wrong way but don't you think you are taking yourself a little too seriously?

    i like your style spirit but damn that took a lot of scrolling!

    i guess as this is a chart blog, the most important discussion point it how well it does in the chart (as pointed out by spirit).. speaking of which, how about a prediction of the song's highest chart position along with the score Fraser???

  • Comment number 17.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 18.

    Flatknees, I like your suggestion! Fraser, can we please have a chart prediction?

    I think Spirit only takes this so seriously because he's after the Chart show job when Fearne leaves ;)

    This is a good song though, I don't mind the sampling at all. Infact I quite like to hear how different artists use different tracks in their music - And since when did songs have to rhyme? It's like saying poems have to rhyme. I love a bit of sampling I do.

    I feel you're all making a big deal of this Ting Ting's Shut Up And Let Me Go/Watch Me Walk thing. I honestly don't feel like they did that on purpose and I'm sure I've heard that phrase long before the ting tings arrived on my radio.

  • Comment number 19.

    Too right I'm after the Chart Show job , just like Dan's after early breakfast , now that Greg's leaving !

    Do we fit the bill ?

    And where do we apply ?

  • Comment number 20.

    Flat knees , I love your style too .

    Please don't ever change !

  • Comment number 21.

    Um... curtains? I've a feeling they only said "dime" because it sounds good with "time".

    Spirit would not be a good replacement for Fearne, since I doubt the public would be able to tell the difference - that's a buzz killer if I ever saw one. :P

  • Comment number 22.

    Oh that hurts Finch !

    That really hurts ! lol

  • Comment number 23.

    To be honest , it's not a super , super great SUGABABES single , as was , FREAK LIKE ME , ROUND ROUND , UGLY , PUSH THE BUTTON or HOLE IN THE HEAD , but I think anyone in the know , who could see their sales trajectory , are happy that they are releasing a song that should get a top 10 placing .

    It needed to sound big and massive , and say WE'RE BACK !

    I admit on first play months ago , I DIDN'T like it , but after a while , all those hooks get under your skin , and you can see why it's their comeback single .

    And don't forget the added appeal of AMELLE just having a NUMBER 1 with TINCHY STRYDER . That has boosted the profile of the SUGABABES and was a very, very , clever idea !

    Oh , all this chat , and we all have to wait 12 days to find out it's peak chart position !

    Oh the suspense....

  • Comment number 24.

    Thanks, Finchbusters, but I do realise that "dime" conveniently rhymes with "time" (ooh, and with "rhyme"). But I'm sure they could find lyrics to convey the same message that don't rely on having to use Americanisms terms which have literally no application in their home market.

    It's a pet peeve of mine. Same with singers who adopt a different accent when they sing (usually an American one). I know most do it, and it'll probably always be like that, especially in pop, but I dislike the fake-itude of it.

  • Comment number 25.

    And besides, with the exchange rate, she'd probably have a lot more...

  • Comment number 26.

    I share your slightly-pissed-off-edness but saying "dime" is nothing. You should listen to Russian radio. Imagine someone singing "later you can sing to me like a shining star/but I'd rather do you in the back seat of my car" with a strong Russian accent. You could actually hear him wince.

    Also, there are actually a lot of words that rhyme with pound, so you're right there's no excuse. Hmm, if I had a pound for every... bound... mound... uhhh.

  • Comment number 27.

    "If I had 10p, for everytime I see, these boys stop and stare, I'd be a billionaire".



    "If I had a quid, for every stupid kid, who sings like they're a Yank, I'd be laughing to the bank".

  • Comment number 28.

    Hahah that was one was genius Curtain.

  • Comment number 29.


  • Comment number 30.

    This is one of those songs that knows it's shallow, isn't ashamed to be shallow and likes to shove its shallowness in your face. And I love it. Even more so because it marks a return for the in-yer-face Sugababes that disappeared around about 2006. The 'dime' bit annoys me though. Top marks to CurtainJerker, that made me laugh.
    Overall, in agreement with Dannyboy, 4 stars

    Definite top 10

  • Comment number 31.

    Awright, it's Reggie here on YOUR Radio 1 chart show.
    Now, Den's Mum, on the M3, is lovin' the JLS. Big shout to Den's mum, yeah, cos we luv Mum's on this show! Yeah!
    Ah, no, but Lil'Princess in Bootle finks its gonna be Kanye West ft Akon ft Knobbles.
    Hey, int that Calvin Arris tall? He's a right tall fella, he's, I dunno, as tall as summat right tall, isn't he? But Tinchy Stryder, yeah, he's like dead short. I wonder, yeah, if they did a record together then they'd like be an average height.
    Whaddya fink Fearne? Oh, she's not here for a while cos she's interviewing slebs in that America for the show, can't wait to hear what she has for us.
    So, right, KingKong on the M55 is lovin the Lily Allen....
    [continues ad nauseam until we all just give up & go back to our iPods]

  • Comment number 32.

    I think Ferne and Reggie are a decent combination on the radio actually! Ferne on her own, I am also a fan of. Reggie does flounder a bit on his own though.

  • Comment number 33.

    Ant in Wales , your impression is spot on !!

    Now I realise why myself and thousands of others ( research has been done ) cannot listen to the Chart Show !

    Trust me , it's torture.

    I end up screaming at the radio....

    "GET ON WITH IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • Comment number 34.

    Let the songs , and information about the artists do the talking !


  • Comment number 35.

    On the number 21 post for David Guetta - Sexy Chick , I alluded to either The Sugababes OR Jay - Z going to number 1 .

    It's gonna be interesting.

  • Comment number 36.

    Exclusive !!!

    I have just been sent an e-mail informing me that it is now being reported that AMELLE has officially left the SUGABABES !

    WOW !!!!!

  • Comment number 37.

    Yes, WOW indeed! I've heard them rumours of in band fighting but I never believed them! Can you confirm yet that Jade Ewen has replaced her?

  • Comment number 38.

    Well Calvin Harris is putting himself forward , saying that with a good pair of heels , he would be 7 feet tall !!!

    Ha ha .

    I heard the Jade Ewen rumour yesterday , but it is not confirmed as yet.

    Should make the video for About A Girl interesting , and I understand that Keisha is very relieved .

    There is a lot of stuff under the surface !

    Watch this space !

  • Comment number 39.

    Haha, yeah, I caught Calvin's post on Twitter. Wow, Keisha, Heidi...and Calvin!!!

    Hmmm, yeah what's gonna happen with the new album. And the About A Girl single?

  • Comment number 40.

    Well the new album is called Sweet 7 .

    It may haveto be renamed Confused 3 ! lol

  • Comment number 41.

    Lol!!! Good one! Or for alliterative purposes: Shaky 7!


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