Sugababes are a British three-piece Girl Group, based in London. Just as famous for their constant lineup changes (see the main picture) as their music, the group has managed to achieve multi-platinum accreditation for their albums and singles (courtesy of the British Phonographic Industry) despite (or perhaps because of) their ... chequered history.Originally formed by Ron Tom in 1998, the group went on to achieve success in the UK and abroad, performing the Theme Song to The Powerpuff Girls Movie and Girls In Love as well as contributing to the soundtracks of The Guru, Love Actually, Wimbledon, Wild Child and St Trinians. They have sold eight million records in the UK alone, with six number-one singles, two-number-one albums (with five making the top-ten) and their international hit single "Push the Button" featuring on the soundtrack to the 2012 London Olympic Games.After years of rumours, it was announced in 2012 that the original lineup was reforming under the name Mutya Keisha Siobhan, and there was much rejoicing. After a quiet period from the current Sugababes lineup after the release of the single "Freedom", Jade Ewen has confirmed that the current Sugababes had quietly split in 2011.Note: Any tropes for the original lineup (1998 - 2001) must be collected on this page. It makes it easier for users who are more familiar with them as "Sugababes" and it doesn't clutter up the Mutya Keisha Siobhan page.
Breakup Breakout: Surprisingly, averted; none of the members (currently in the group or not) have really "broken out" as solo artists in their own right, apart from an occasional hit single like Mutya Buena's "Song 4 Mutya" and Amelle Berrabah's feature on the Tinchy Stryder single "Never Leave You". Siobhan Donaghy's two post-Sugababes solo albums, though, were very well-received by critics.
Breakup Song: "Now You're Gone", "Little Miss Perfect", "No More You", "Thank You For The Heartbreak", "Unbreakable Heart" and many more.
B-Side: There's a compilation album called The Complete Bs, released in 2011, that contains every single b-side and remix that ever existed. It was apparently done to fulfill an album contract, but it does save a lot of Archive Panic for old and new fans of the group.
Bonus Material: In some territories One Touch was released with a bonus CD-ROM including interviews with the band and specially filmed video clips.
Covers Always Lie: The iTunes EP Live From London uses a shot of Heidi, Keisha and Mutya on the cover, but the record is actually just Keisha and Heidi performing (it was recorded during the transitional period between Mutya leaving and Amelle arriving).
Cover Version: "Killer" (originally by Seal), "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" (originally by The Arctic Monkeys), "Obsession" (originally by Animotion), "Come Together" (originally by The Beatles) and "Walk This Way" (originally by Aerosmith). They've also covered many songs during live sessions, and a rendition of "Santa Baby" was released to iTunes 2009.
"Shape" interpolates the chorus of "Shape of My Heart" by Sting, "Girls" interpolates the chorus of "Here Come The Girls" by Ernie K-Doe and "Freak Like Me" interpolates both the song of the same name by Adina Howard and "Are 'Friends' Electric?" by Tubeway Army (a.k.a Gary Numan's old group).
Inversely, Miranda Cosgrove covered their smash hit "About You Now", and her version has has since Covered Up the original among American tweens and teens.
The Sugababes themselves arguably did some covering up as well, as their Translated Cover Version of Patricia Kaas' song "Quand J'ai Peur de Tout" as "Too Lost in You" was an international chart hit.
Eleventh Hour Ranger: Jade joined the group literally just before their seventh studio album was due to be released. She came so late that the entire album had to be re-recorded with her vocals replacing departed member Keisha's.
Era-Specific Personality: From 2000 - 2004, the group was marketed as a cool, unsmiling alternative to the loud, brash nature of groups such as Spice Girls (this was downplayed after Heidi replaced Siobhan, seeing as she was the group's resident Perpetual Smiler). From 2005 - 2008, they were marketed as a more traditional pop group in keeping with the direction of their sound. From 2008 - 2009, they became "soul divas", influenced by the sound of Amy Winehouse, Adele and many other burgeoning acts. Finally, in late 2009 they ramped up the "dance" in both sound and image, as well as being more overtly "clubbable" and stripperiffic.
New Sound Album: Taller In More Ways broke from their usual R&B/Soul/UK Garage sound, in favor of something Lighter and Softer as well as being more 'poppy'. Many Sugafans though it sounded too similar to a Girls Aloud album, which is somewhat justified since the album does feature a few productions by Xenomania, the brains behind their music. The pop/dance sound stuck around for their next studio album Change, but the urban flavor returned with Catfights & Spotlights when they adopted a sound befitting the Soul Revival. Their latest offering Sweet 7 was basically a combination of Hip Hop and Eurodance music (with some hefty doses of Auto-Tune and lashings of trend-chasing crunk-n-B), but overall reaction wasn't very positive.
Non-Appearing Title: The titles for Three, Catfights & Spotlights and Sweet 7 don't appear in the lyrics to any of their songs.
"Ace Reject", "Joy Division" and "Maya" are all song titles which don't appear in the lyrics for their respective songs.
Noodle Incident: The group very nearly split for good in 2004. All the fans know about this incident was that it involved an argument over Britney Spears' hit song "Toxic"...
Jade Ewen has since gone on record that this is the reason that the band split in 2011.
Self-Parody: This skit the current line-up did with English comedian Katy Brand, poking fun at their ever-changing lineup.
Singer Namedrop: The band name is dropped in "Sugababes On the Run", "Groove is Going On" and "About a Girl". Individual names are dropped in "Real Thing", "Angels With Dirty Faces", "Gotta Be You" and "You On a Good Day".
Singing Voice Dissonance: Heidi's speaking voice (a thick Liverpudlian accent) is a direct and rather surprising contrast to her smooth style of singing.
Soprano and Gravel: Mutya provided the Gravel to Keisha, Siobhan (lineup 1.0) and Heidi's Sopranos. (2.0). This spot was taken by Amelle in contrast to Heidi, Keisha (3.0) and Jade (4.0).
Spell My Name with an S: No, it is not spelled "Sugar Babes". It is also not spelled as "Sugbabes", "Sugababez" or "Sugbebs". (The last few actually turned up on Google Searches.)
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Every member replacement in the group has been very familiar in vibe to the girl they replaced. Heidi replaced Siobhan, the soulful white one. Amelle replaced Mutya, the soulful "ethnic" one. And finally, Jade replaced Keisha, the… soulful black one.
Urban Legends: The group has had many of these during their 13-year tenure, the most famous being Siobhan's alleged method of leaving the group. The story goes that while the girls were on a promo tour in Japan in August 2001, Siobhan excused herself to go to the ladies, climbed out through the bathroom window and caught a plane back to Heathrow all by herself. Siobhan has denied this, saying she she waited for the band to return to England as a unit before throwing in the towel. However, that doesn't stop long-term fans expressing their desire for Mutya Keisha Siobhan to allude to it in a possible music video...
A Wild Rapper Appears: In their earlier songs "Sugababes On the Run" and "Don't Wanna Wait" as well as the 2005 b-side "Future Shokk!"
Woman in Black: In the video for "Easy" (which gives the group an edgy image to go with their Intercourse with You lyrics) and on the revised cover of Taller In More Ways (in which the girls were dressed in funereal garb, most likely an allusion to long-time member Mutya Buena leaving the group).
Younger than They Look: This has been said about Heidi during her time in the group. But looking at photos of her, it's hard to stomach the fact she's only 29.