#ThrowbackThursday: Lily Allen – ‘The Fear’

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‘The Fear’ was the lead single taken from Lily Allen‘s second studio album, ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’. It’s incredible to believe but this track was actually UK Number 1 back in 2009…10 years ago! In fact, it stayed at the top of the UK Singles Chart for four consecutive weeks resulting in it being the longest running Number 1 song, in the UK, for 2009.

Despite the glistening, electropop elements to the song that see a barrage of synths weave their way throughout the track, its lyrics are deep, highlighting and poking fun at the problems with consumerism, celebrity lifestyles (and certain well-known tabloids’ obsessions with them) and the postmodern condition of the world.

The song was co-written and produced by monster-hit creator, Greg Kurstin, and saw the starlet adopting a new, ethereal and more mature sound.

The music video is pretty great too, with Lily Allen emerging from a caravan, before returning to reveal the interior of a massive mansion where she is joined by a large group of dancers, eventually performing amongst some giant, brightly-coloured, dancing presents. It’s very dream-like and actually perfectly reflects the tone and topic of the track itself.

It’s an all-round incredible track and easy to see why it reached the Number 1 spot…I just can’t believe it’s already a decade old!

What are your thoughts of this throwback jam by the incredible Lily Allen? Do you have a #ThrowbackThursday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘The Fear’ can be downloaded on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-fear/731919848?i=731919950


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#EventSpeaks: Kate Nash @ Concorde 2, Brighton – 08/08/17


   

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This year, Kate Nash celebrates the 10th anniversary of her debut album, Made Of Bricks, and as such, she’s taken the album on tour, to mark the occasion. On Tuesday 8th August 2017, the tour came to Brighton, where she put on an incredible show at Concorde 2, with support from American-based rock band, Skating Polly.


Skating Polly

Skating Polly are a captivating band to watch – they are uniquely talented and have clearly worked hard on crafting their sound and perfecting their performance. I love the way Kelli and Peyton swap between taking lead vocals – it is brilliant and adds a certain diversity to their stage presence. Also, for the last song, Peyton and Kurtis swapped guitar and drums, further wowing the audience. A great display of talent from this band! As for their songs, they clearly don’t conform to current trends but rather make music that suits them and aren’t afraid to be themselves, which is great. This band may be fairly small in stature but they certainly pack a punch with their sound – be sure to check them out.

Highlight: One of the biggest highlights was when Kate Nash joined the band on stage for their performance of ‘A Little Late’.


Kate Nash

Kate Nash‘s all-girl band took to the stage with rapturous applause and a performance of ‘Play’ just before Kate herself arrived (complete with a huge dress), teasing the audience with just a small part of ‘Foundations’, after which, she moved into ‘Mouthwash’ causing everyone to continue singing along at the top of their voices.

Kate proceeded to play her debut album, Made Of Bricks, in its entirety. It was wonderful to see the audience singing every word of every song, making this 10th anniversary tour all the more special; her fans have clearly held this album dear for the past decade and the fact that the concert sold out, shows how they are still loving it, all these years later.

Her style of performance is enthralling – she works the stage, and her fans with vivacity and vigour, jumping around, tossing her hair and at the end of her set, even playing her piano with her bum! Her confidence exudes in masses and she has crafted her performance to perfection. Her interaction with the crowd is perfect; she’s playful, funny and humble – as an independent artist, her gratitude towards her fans was a beautiful thing to witness and in return she made sure to put every ounce of her energy into putting on an incredible show for them.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see Kate Nash live yet, make sure you do – you’re in for a treat!

Highlights:

  • Kate’s ability to work the stage and captivate her audience is second-to-none.
  • Teasing the audience with part of ‘Foundations’ early on, got the crowd going mad. I also loved that she played the Made Of Bricks album in order, really celebrating the 10th anniversary of its release.
  • Playing a couple of her more recent tracks as well as B-Sides from the era of the Made Of Bricks album, brought another element of intrigue to the end of her set.
  • The stage design was really unique and great for the size of the stage – it made for a great performing environment. Also, the use of video visuals projected at the back of the stage further enhanced the show.
  • Her style was fantastic and a quick costume change or two made the set all the more interesting.

All of these photos of Kate Nash are credited to Damon Peirce.
Go and give him a follow on Instagram – @damonjpeirce


Setlist

Play
Foundations (Tease)
Mouthwash
Dickhead
Birds
We Get On
Mariella*
Shit Song
Pumpkin Soup
Skeleton Song
Nicest Thing
Foundations (In Full)
Little Red

Encore
Agenda / Model Behaviour
Musical Theatre
Merry Happy

This song can be viewed in the YouTube video, below.


Finally, I want to say an absolutely HUGE thanks to Sinead Mills at Practise Music for setting up this review and to Kate herself for putting on an incredible show!


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#ThrowbackThursday: McFly – ‘Friday Night’


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‘Friday Night’ is probably one of McFly‘s lesser-known singles, maybe? It was released as a double A-side with ‘Sorry’s Not Good Enough’. It’s a great, upbeat, punchy and anthemic song that I just couldn’t resist posting…especially as it’s about to reach its 10th anniversary!

The video for the song was self-directed by the band and filled with good humour. The song was taken from the band’s third album, Motion in the Ocean. It was also the feature track of the film, Night at the Museum which was also released in the same year.

For some reason, a lot of McFly’s videos have disappeared from their official YouTube account, but there’s a poor-quality version of the video below. Anyway, enjoy!

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‘Friday Night’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/friday-night/id576728446?i=576728598


HAPPY 10th ANNIVERSARY AVA!!! #ThrowbackThursday: Angels & Airwaves – ‘The Adventure’


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Happy 10th Anniversary to Angels & Airwaves!

This is the perfect #ThrowbackThursday post! It was exactly 10 years ago, this week (well, yesterday to be exact) that Angels & Airwaves released their debut single, ‘The Adventure’.

The single marked the official start of Tom DeLonge‘s latest project (alongside David Kennedy, Atom Willard and Ryan Sinn), which has captured the hearts of many. I can’t believe 10 years have passed!

The song has been featured on several games and been used in several television programmes, including a trailer for Smallville.

The band’s imagery was a blend of space and World War II, which married with their unique and epic sound, made for an incredibly cinematic experience. The music video is perfect for the sound of the song, and if you haven’t seen it, you most definitely need to watch it, below.

Are you already an AVA fan? Have you been a fan since the release of this song? Which has been your favourite album/song of theirs? Got any similar #ThrowbackThursday songs for us? Please leave a comment below or chat to us about the awesomeness that is AVA via our social media accounts.

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‘The Adventure’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-adventure/id153125136?i=153125151