Initially mooted as the lead single for Girls Aloud’s second album, ‘Wake Me Up’ instead served as the fourth – and final – release.
‘Long Hot Summer’ is generally regarded as being among Girls Aloud’s worst singles. But it’s not really that bad…is it?
The popularity of boybands had waned in the mid-‘00s, but if anyone could help V buck the trend, it was Xenomania.
In the face of underlying uncertainty over Girls Aloud’s long-term future, ‘The Show’ could’ve played things safe. Needless to say, it didn’t.
Despite some fleeting doubts over the song, ‘No Good Advice’ cemented Girls Aloud and Xenomania’s status as a dream partnership.
Releasing ‘Untouchable’ as a single came at a cost as, somehow, this six-and-a-half-minute opus had to be squashed down into a radio edit.
‘The Loving Kind’ feels like the product of a perfect moment in time where Girls Aloud’s critical acclaim matched their commercial success.
Ballads rarely – if ever – factor into a discussion of Girls Aloud’s best songs. But ‘Whole Lotta History’ is a notable exception to the rule.
‘Sound Of The Underground’ set a new benchmark of what a TV talent show winners’ single could be and just how far its impact could spread.