//
Noise Pollution is Good for You
2002, Electronic, Mash-up, Rhythm and Bass, Sugababes, Synthpop, Urban

23. Something for the Weekend: Sugababes “Freak Like Me”

Sugababes "Freak Like Me" (2002)

Long before they became a parody of modern pop, whereby one face/name/voice/personality is interchangeable with another, the Sugababes were easily one of the strongest groups in British pop – a fact borne out with their record as one of the most successful groups of the 21st Century.

The trio were considered to be somewhat unsuccessful by London Records following their début album, One Touch (it was only certified Gold status…), leaving them to regroup and consider their future.
At this early stage, original member Siobhán Donaghy departed the band during a tour in the Far East, paving the way for former-Atomic Kitten vocalist Heidi Range to join.
Within a short period, Sugababes had been picked up by Island Records, beginning a process that would lead to their reputation blossoming. This second line-up would be the most famous, staying together for the next four years, scoring multiple hits along the way.

Late-summer 2002, they released their second album Angels With Dirty Faces, led by a cover of Adina Howard’s single, ‘Freak Like Me’. The song, – originally a mash-up bootleg by Richard X – was re-arranged to fit around a sample of ‘Are Friends Electric?’ by Gary Numan and became the Sugababes’ first UK number 1, leading the album to be one of the highest sellers of the decade.
Not only was Angels With Dirty Faces a commercial success, but also a critical one as it neatly weaved modern pop, electronica, garage and R&B together in an easily digestible sound. This was bolstered by ‘Round Round’ and ‘Stronger’, before they released their third album, Three, in 2003 to similarly positive reactions.

Taller in More Ways was the final long-player for the classic line-up and some months after its release, Amelle Berrabah replaced founding member Mutya Buena.
The circle broken, things would begin to take a downhill slide for Sugababes; Universal sensing the end might be on the cards, rush-released a greatest hits package prior to the Christmas run in.

In the time since, Keisha Buchanan has also departed (replaced by Jade Ewan), leaving the current version of the group with none of its original members.
Three further albums have been released since then, but none have captured the success of their earlier days – an eighth album is expected early next year.

Advertisements

About Leigh O'Gorman

Give me motor racing, music and Doctor Who anytime

Discussion

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Coming Soon (Probably):

Beat Happening "Pinebox Derby"
bis "This is Fake D.I.Y."
Cabaret Voltaire "Nag Nag Nag"
Donna Summer "I Feel Love"
Electrelane (undecided)
Heloise & the Savoir Faire "Odyle"
Kortatu "Nicaragua Sandinista"
Logikparty "Anti Omerta"
Madness (undecided)
Make the Girl Dance "Wall of Death"
One Way System "No Return"
Peter and the Test Tube Babies "Shit British Tour"
PiL (undecided)
Queen of Hearts "Neon"
Sigue Sigue Sputnik "Love Missile F1-11"
Throbbing Gristle "Discipline"
Twin Crystals (undecided)

Archives

Artists, Genres & Years

%d bloggers like this: