La Roux (originally Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid, the former doing the singing) are a British group who were very much "Best Newcomer" circa 2009, though it took them until 2014 to finally follow through with a second LP, by which time Langmaid was out of the picture.Their style is best described as electro-pop. Four of the tracks from their first Self-Titled Album have been released as singles:
- "Quicksand". Got them noticed but barely bothered the charts.
- "In for the Kill". UK number # 2.
- "Bulletproof". UK number # 1 and straight in too. This was even more surprising considering it was released on the week of the death of Michael Jackson.
- "I'm Not Your Toy". UK #27.
This band contains examples of:
- Cool Shades: Elly sports a red goggle-like pair in the "In For the Kill" video.
- '80s Hair
- Even the Girls Want Her: I mean, come on.
- Garfunkel: Ben Langmaid.
- The Ghost: Ben Langmaid. He did turn up to the Grammys (they won for Best Electronic/Dance Album) but otherwise is rarely seen in public.
- I Am the Band: Elly Jackson is the only full member of La Roux now, Langmaid having left at some point in their post-debut hiatus over Musical Differences.
- Meaningful Name/Bilingual Bonus/As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The name "La Roux" is of course supposed to be French; Jackson took the phrase "la rousse", but instead used the masculine term "roux" (meaning a male redhead) because she herself is androgynous (something she likes doing, apparently).
- Bite the Wax Tadpole/Either "World Domination", or Something About Bananas: Unfortunately, this also ends up turning it into "the fried-flour thickening agent"—which is also masculine, but that's sort of besides the point...
- Odd Friendship: Elly Jackson with Kanye West
- Recycled In Space: Some see them as a cyberpunk Eurythmics.
- Red Headed Step Child
- Stalker With a Crush: "Tigerlily", from the first album, is sung from their point of view.
- Surreal Music Video: All of them. Best example is probably "I'm Not Your Toy", which prominently features some kind of cyberpunk watermelon-ish head thing.