The Saturdays: Always Ready For The Weekend

This is a post from Anglophenia contributor Lindsay Davis, bringing you some of the hottest tunes from across the pond.

Fresh off the weekend, I’m happy to tell you about The Saturdays, a young, British girl group that I think is going to be on American radars soon enough. The Sats’ new album Headlines dropped earlier today (8.16.10) in the UK, and the first single “Missing You” debuted on the UK charts at #3, just behind Eminem, who’s at #2 with “Love The Way You Lie (featuring Rihanna),” and another American rapper, Flo Rida, who has the UK’s current number one single, “Club Can’t Handle Me.” 

But back to The Sats. Who are they? There’s Frankie, Rochelle, and Vanessa, and Mollie from Britain and Una from Ireland. These five young women are very easy on the eyes, with light sounds and harmonies blending together to create some sweet pop music. Kinda perfect for the end of summer, if you ask me.

The group formed in London in 2007, and their previous two albums generated six top-10 UK singles. There don’t appear to be any stand-out, powerhouse vocalists à la Beyoncé in her Destiny’s Child days, and their personalities are not as distinctly defined as The Spice Girls (sorry, can’t resist the comparison), which could mean good things for their future.

The new single “Missing You” is catchy electro-pop, and the video, shot in Malaga, Spain, looks a bit like a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue “making-of” TV program. But it’s actually refreshing to watch these beautiful, feminine wonders naturally frolicking in the sand and surf compared to all the robo-futuristic sci-fi style choices that Lady Gaga, Kelis, Xtina, and Kylie have been up to lately. (Not that we don’t love the sci-fi on BBCA.)

A little trivia for you – on an earlier album, The Saturdays covered Depeche Mode‘s “I Just Can’t Get Enough,” and the single reached #4 on the UK charts. I’ll let you decide if you just can’t get enough of the Sats…

Final Assessment: 2 ½ pints of British brew for the Saturdays. Add an extra half a pint if you purchase the album and listen to it before Labor Day.  

Song title: “MISSING YOU”
Album: Headlines

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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