Lily Allen is a British artist known for light pop songs, usually with some form of satirical message behind them. She was born in London, 1985, to actor and musician Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. Her brother, Alfie Allen (a target of at least one of her songs), plays Theon Greyjoy on Game Of Thrones
As a child, Lily attended some of the most expensive British Public Schools
around, but got expelled from most of them for drinking and smoking, and dropped out of school at 16. At first, she was seen as immature and bratty, and was rejected by many labels which she attributes to her lifestyle. However, she still achieved mainstream success, and developed a much more mature image in music videos like "The Fear".
Despite her school life and having a pretty similar past to even a criminal, she is talented in what she does and has achieved Grade 5 piano as well as Grade 8
singing. She also writes all of her own songs, which is actually pretty impressive considering the large amounts of subtext she puts into her songs ("The Fear" is a perfect example - "I'll look at the sun, and I'll look in the mirror"
can mean this in a literal sense, but "The Sun" and "The Mirror" are also popular UK newspapers
that regularly report on celebrities' lives).
As of 2012 she is releasing music under her married name, Lily Rose Cooper.
- Alright, Still (2006)
- It's Not Me, It's You (2009)
- Affectionate Parody: "Nan, You're A Window Shopper" is an affectionate parody of 50 Cent's "Window Shopper".
- Artist Disillusionment: Has made a reality tv series about her "Riches to Rags" story. She now has her own clothing store with her sister called "Lucy In Disguise". She also didn't renew her recording contract, may go back to being a musician in the future, but has noted many many times how she hates the Hollywood Hype Machine and wants nothing to do with it.
- Unfortunately, "Lucy In Disguise" was forced to close after only being open for ten months.
- Caught with Your Pants Down: How Lily finds her brother in "Alfie".
- Cheap Heat: In live performance, she tends to swap out the reference to "London Town" in "LDN" for wherever she's playing at the time.
- Cluster F-Bomb: "Fuck You"
- Crapsaccharine World: "LDN" about London and how everything looks exciting and wonderful at first, but when you take a second look... Indeed, most of Lily Allen's songs come across this way due to the musical style they use and the sound of her voice. "Smile" and "The Fear" come to mind.
- Defenestrate and Berate: "Smile" shows her getting revenge upon her cheating boyfriend by hiring thugs to beat him up and trash his apartment.
- Dull Surprise: And how.
- Heartbreak and Ice Cream: The woman who was cheated on in "Smile" eats chocolate, but she still looks depressed. Needs more chocolate.
- I Have To Wash My Hair: "Knock 'Em Out" is essentially a string of these, ranging from the girl saying she's getting married next week to claiming she has to go because her house is on fire.
- Lyrical Dissonance:
- Music Video Overshadowing: "Who'd Have Known" is a lovely song about a maturing relationship. Its video is a creepy video in which Lily Allen stalks and then kidnaps Elton John.
- New Sound Album: It's Not Me, It's You was a whole mixture of pop styles, but distinctly different to Alright, Still which was mostly ska-influenced.
- Old Man Conversation Song: Subversion. "Take What You Take" has the old person talking to Lily entirely in cliches and questionable folk wisdom, leading to Lily's exasperation and (somewhat inevitably) a Precision F-Strike.
- Reality Subtext: She does a lot of this including somewhat confessional songs about her relationships with her brother ("Alfie"), sister ("Back To the Start") and frequently absent father ("He Wasn't There").
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Fuck You" is one long explanation why it sucks when people are hateful and bigots, and it's directed at them.
- Record Producer: It's Not Me, It's You was produced exclusively by Greg Kurstin, known for his work as part of The Bird and The Bee.
- Triple Nipple: Proud owner of one.
- Your Cheating Heart: "Smile" is about a woman who takes a revenge on her cheating ex, which includes getting him beaten up, putting laxative in his coffee and having his stuff in his apartment destroyed, including his precious LPs.