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Originally created by the Talent ShowPopstars: The Rivals which debuted in November 2002 in the sense that members were actually voted for by the viewing public, Girls Aloud long outlasted the male group also created and have 20 UK Top 10 singles to their name, including four UK Number Ones. They also appeared as the school band at the end of the 2008 St. Trinian's movie.Formerly on hiatus (for what was intended to be one year but ultimately became three-and-a-half), it was announced in May 2012 that the girls were recording new material with their longtime collaborators Xenomania. After months of speculation, it was finally confirmed that the fivesome would reunite to release a new single for Children in Need 2012, as well as embark on the Ten: The Hits Tour, their first in almost four years.On March 20 2013, the band officially announced their disbandment, following the final date of their Ten: The Hits Tour.The pop group consists of five members:
It's the sound of the underground, the beat of the drum goes round and around ...
Give me a squeeze a day, get off this negligee, what will the neighbours say this time?
Man get up! We're gonna start this fire, tangled up! Because I know I should ...
Ascended Fangirl: Prior to being named a mentor on Rihanna's television show Styled to Rock, Nicola had admitted to being a huge fan of the singer.
She's also professed to being a huge Lady Gaga fan, so when the latter was promoting Born This Way in the UK, MTV asked Nicola to interview her.
Auto-Tune: Used for robotic effect in "Sexy! No No No...".
Back for the Finale: After much speculation (going on for years), the girls confirmed their disbandment immediately following the final date of their Ten: The Hits Tour.
Between My Legs: Used in the "Kimberley" ending of their video for "I Think We're Alone Now". Kimberley buys time for the girls to escape with the loot by flashing the security guys, causing them to faint as she gives a knowing look to the camera.
Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Sarah (blonde), Cheryl (brunette), and Nicola (redhead). Nadine and Kimberley tend to stay in the blonde-brunette middle range. Nicola's hair has been all three colors as well as varying shades of red.
Kimberley released a Cover Album of showtunes to mixed reviews, but has garnered slightly more praise for her turn as Fiona in Shrek: The Musical and as a guest singer and television personality.
Only time will tell if Sarah's solo career will be as successful.
Britpop: Though the group are not strictly a textbook Britpop group, their debut album Sound of the Underground was very much influenced by Oasis, and Brian Higgins later said that he was intending to marry the Xenomania's pop sound with the burgeoning "indie" scene with that album.
But Not Too White: Nicola has been mocked in the press being "ugly" due to her bright red hair and extremely pale complexion◊. She's since struck back with a fairly successful makeup range for pale women and championing legislation to ban the use of sunbeds for minors under 18.
Call Back: The lyrics to "Something New" include the lines "we girls gonna run this show" and "feel the beat deep underground".
The Cameo: The signature "do do do" refrain on Franz Ferdinand's cover of "Sound and Vision" are sung by the girls because both bands happened to run into each other at the same recording studio.
Canon Discontinuity: "Long Hot Summer" and "See The Day" are mild examples, as they have been performed after 2006 and the only singles that were not included on Ten or played on the tour.
The Caper: Played for Laughs in the video for their cover of "I Think We're Alone Now". The video even came with three separate endings.
Double Standard: Watch the video for "The Show". Now imagine the public's reaction if the situation were reversed with five men doing those sorts of things to a group of girls.
Downer Ending: The video for "Untouchable". The girls traipse across space in individual bubble ships and presumably trigger a cataclysm when their ships fail and they crash into the Earth.
Early Installment Weirdness: Although "Sound of the Underground" was rather refreshing in comparison to girl groups before them, early b-sides and demos such as "Stay Another Day", "Lights, Music, Camera, Action!" and their version of "Sacred Trust", made it clear that their record label wanted the group to be another moody girl group. It wasn't until they covered "Jump" that they realized they were better suited for a more energetic sound.
Nicola: We had something that was fresh, rather than us just doing an Atomic Kitten track.
The Fashionista: All of them are involved with fashion in one way or another. They've all walked runways for charity fashion shows, modeled for beauty and fashion campaigns, and released a DVD about their personal styles.
Genki Girl: Sarah, although all five of them tend to get excitable once you get them going and chattering at the same time. The other four have admitted that they thought Sarah was mildly insane when they all first met at the auditions. Sarah even dubbed herself "Big Mouth" as she's admitted that she's the loudest of the girls and she'd talk to the audience in between songs while on tour.
The DVD commentary of their music videos up until "Sexy! No No No..." is basically Sarah and Cheryl cackling in both glee and horror while getting distracted by other things.
Sarah: Getting shots of us all together to look serious is physically impossible.
Girliness Upgrade: Compare "Sound of the Underground" to "The Promise", and they've come a long way. At the start of their career, they were quite tomboyish with lots of combat fatigues and street-style clothing, and slowly evolved into the glamorous style that they're known for today.
Gold Digger: The b-sides "Money" and "Blow Your Cover". In an interesting twist, the ending verse of "Money" seems to imply that this is just a facade.
Hard-Drinking Party Girl: The entire band's fondness for clubs, alcohol, and parties have been well documented in the tabloids, but Sarah Harding is the stand out case. She not only has a home on the infamous party island of Ibiza, she was also engaged to a DJ. The band's lyrics also contain frequent references to drinking and partying the night away.
Sarah's Hard-Drinking Party Girl ways have now caught up with her as she's entered rehab and her engagement was called off.
Their 2013 Greatest Hits tour will be a "dry" tour in support of Sarah's new-found sobriety and "On The Metro" references drinking soda instead of alcohol.
Nadine owns a bar in Los Angeles with her family.
One particular segment on their behind-the-scenes television special was Cheryl being horribly hungover after she and Nadine had spent the night drinking from their hotel bar. Cheryl has said that Nadine has and will drink her under the table.
One interview with the Arctic Monkeys mentioned that one time at an industry party, the girls out drank them.
Nicola actually has written several songs that were on their albums: "I Say A Prayer For You", "It's Magic", and "On The Metro". She also wrote and produced her own solo album to strong critical praise.
Several songs on What Will The Neighbors Say?, Tangled Up, and Out Of Control were co-written by the girls themselves with Xenomania.
Kimberley managed the group's finances and activities during a period where they did not have any management after leaving Louis Walsh's management in the early stages of their career. (Louis still claims that he's the one who made them famous, but the girls have been adamant that Louis never talked to them after the surprising success of "Sound of the Underground".)
Ironic Fear: The girls, especially Nicola and Nadine, all have some fear of heights. Their last four tours involved large heights and platforms flying over the audience.
Last Note Hilarity: "Live in the Country" ends with a gaggle of pigs squealing and other assorted animal noises, including a lion roar.
Sarah: I didn't realize that was on there until Kimberley texted me and said "Has anyone else heard the pigs squealing at the end of 'Live in the Country'?" I was like "what?!" Kimberley: I could just imagine Brian [Higgins, Xenomania's head producer] laughing away to himself and thinking it was hilarious.
Lighter and Softer: Their cover of "Jump" revitalized their image into a cheerful and party-loving group of young women, as all their singles from Sound of the Underground portrayed them as rather moody and scowling.
Long Runner Line Up: Type 3 (All original members with a hiatus/breakup). If it weren't for their hiatus, they would have been a Type 1 by the time they broke up.
Mood Whiplash: "Something New" is a fierce, unapologetic girl power anthem. Its follow-up single "Beautiful Cause You Love Me" is the exact opposite of that, and almost undoes the point they're trying to make in the former!
Morality Ballad: The B-side "Why Do It?" warns of not succumbing to peer pressure and dropping out of school. The chorus even says, "Why do it? Don't do it, fool." In a twist, the song isn't a ballad, but a crunchy electropop song.
Motor Mouth: Cheryl. The girls just tend to let her do most of their speaking when it came to group interviews and she's described herself as that girl who just never shuts up.
When the music calls for it, she and Nadine can sing as rapidly as possible, as evidenced on songs like "Money", "Watch Me Go", and "Something Kinda Ooooh".
The "Good" ending, in which the girls get away with the money and celebrate by throwing it around on the bed.
The "Bad" ending, in which the girls get caught by the bad guys and end up tied up in the vault.
The "Kimberley" ending, which Kimberley buys time for the girls to escape with the loot by flashing the bad guys as they approach the vault. She then gives the camera a knowing look when the men faint.
New Sound Album: While Girls Aloud's first 3 studio albums were experimental and dynamic in terms of genre-straddling, Tangled Up was essentially a 50-minute rave party. This wasn't a bad thing, however, as Xenomania were still creative with their song structures and lyrical themes.
Noodle Incident: Whatever it is in Yorkshire concerning Kimberley and Nadine that gets the local papers overexcited in that area.
The circumstances surrounding Cheryl's dubious exit from the US version of The X Factor still remain murky to this day.
Northern Ireland: Nadine hails from Derry and uses the broader Irish definition to keep things simple.
The Precious, Precious Car: When the girls appeared on an episode of Fifth Gear, Sarah got so enthusiastic at the opportunity to drive a Ferrari around the test track that she didn't see other cars in the parking lot and rammed it into their manager's van. Unaired footage showed that after Sarah took the car on a drive anyway and only realized the extent of the damage after she came back. Everyone else had been stunned into silence.
Punny Name: The salon in the video for "The Show" is called Curls Allowed.
Their name itself is arguably one to play up the "boys vs. girls" theme on Popstars and a track on their debut album was titled "Girls Allowed."
Reality Show / Talent Show: This is one of the few success stories to come from those types of programs. In fact, they're listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "World's Most Successful Reality TV Group", although they likely won't hold the title for much longer as One Direction have achieved worldwide success on a scale Girls Aloud could only dream of.
The girls themselves, with the exception of Nadine, regularly make guest appearances on other reality shows as well. Kimberley competed and came in second place on Strictly Come Dancing, Cheryl kicked off her solo career with The X Factor, Nicola is a mentor/judge on Styled To Rock, and Sarah hosted the dating program Dating In The Dark as well as competing on the gymnastics show Tumble. Nadine's reality show appearances so far have been limited to the band's behind the scenes specials and as a guest judge on America's Next Top Model.
Redheaded Stepchild: Nicola was picked on by the British press for being a redhead. She comments on this on her song "Sticks and Stones" on her solo album.
Sampling: "Graffiti My Soul" samples the Peplab song "It's Not the Drug", "Biology" interpolates the main riff of The Animals' "Club-a-Gogo", and "Sexy! No No No..." samples the guitar riff of Nazareth's "Hair Of The Dog".
She's Got Legs: All of them, but Nadine is the standout case as she favors miniskirts and short dresses that show off her legs. The girls have flat out said that when it came to styling them, Nadine was always the one in the mini-skirt.
The live choreography for "Love Is The Key" references in some of the strutting from "Single Ladies".
The Out of Control tour version of "Sexy! No No No..." throws in the riff from "Disturbia".
The Chemistry tour version of "Love Machine" adds the riff from Amerie's "1 Thing" to the dance break
Silly Love Songs: Even a girl group with biting wit has to belt out a few silly love songs once in a while. Examples include "I Say a Prayer For You", "Forever and a Night", "Whole Lotta History" and "Beautiful 'Cos You Love Me".
Singing Voice Dissonance: While they have lovely singing voices, Cheryl's Geordie and Nadine's Northern Irish accents can be rough on unfamiliar ears. TMZ TV tried to watch a clip of Cheryl on The X Factor and were unable to understand her, and Nadine's accent was thick enough to warrant subtitles when she appeared on America's Next Top Model.
Skunk Stripe: Nadine sports one in the video for "The Show" and during all the girls' promotional appearances for that single.
Spiritual Successor: Considered this to the Spice Girls as Geri Halliwell had a hand in selecting them since she was a judge on the show that formed them. They've since outgrown that label.
Stripperiffic: Occasionally. The What Will The Neighbors Say era tended to feature their most scantily-clad outfits, especially the tour costumes◊.
Synth Pop: A good deal of their output is composed of this.
Take That: The b-side "Hoxton Heroes" mocked the hipsters in the British indie scene who were more obsessed with flaunting their "indie credibility" and fame connections, than instead of being legitimate musicians the Girls could enjoy.
Technician Versus Performer: Nadine is undeniably the strongest singer in the group, but she lacks the charisma and live performance skills that makes Cheryl more popular.
Tempting Fate: The girls were invited onto a ghost hunting special and the first half of the special, nothing happened. Cheryl, exhausted and wanting to go home already, calls for a ghost to just make a noise already. A loud tap then sends all the girls screaming out of the room, prompting Sarah to yell at her.
Sarah: CHERYL, YOU FUCKER! What the fuck did do you that for?!
Tomboy and Girly Girl: At the beginning, Nadine and Kimberley were the Girly Girls to Cheryl, Sarah, and Nicola's Tomboys. Nadine and Kimberley were always more primly dressed and favored skirts while Sarah and Cheryl had favored pants and the "tough girl" aesthetic. Nicola has said that she was more tomboyish as a child and her (and Sarah's) favorite part of making the video for "The Loving Kind" was destroying things.
A Very British Christmas: "Sound of the Underground" debuted at #1 on the Christmas charts as part of the goal of Popstars, and the Christmas special "The Girls Aloud Party."
Video Full Of Film Clips: Their cover of the Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)". The video is intercut with clips from Love Actually to create the illusion of the girls sneaking into Downing Street and wandering around trying not to get caught.
Justified with the St. Trinian's theme as it was recorded specifically for the movie.
Wake Up Makeup: In the intro to their "Ten Years At The Top" TV special, Nadine wakes up with a full face of makeup.
Word Salad Lyrics: Their entire catalog, with the most infamous examples being "Love Machine", "Biology", "Sexy! No No No...", and "Miss You Bow Wow". The reason for this is Xenomania's production method of making words up to sync with the melodies and shaping the lyrics from there.
Wrench Wench: The concept of their video for "Long Hot Summer." Bonus points for actually being filmed in an actual auto shop.
Younger Than They Look: In 2001 Nadine had won a similar show in Ireland, but had been removed from the resulting band because she'd lied about her age. Louis Walsh (who was also a judge on the Irish show) guided her into this band instead.
Made even more hilarious by the fact that the other band in question, Six flopped badly and haven't been heard from since.
The TV show that set out to create Girls Aloud also featured a girl who claimed she was 16 to make it into the competition. She made it fairly far...and was then revealed to be 13.