Sugababes - 'Get Sexy'
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.