Tuesday, June 03, 2008


EARLIER this year, over on NME.com, feathercuts were ruffled over Girls Aloud’s B-side to Can’t Speak French, called Hoxton Heroes, in which the Prefab Five criticised scene-chasing indie bands.

The thing is – as arbiters of pop, Popjustice noted - the whore ‘furore’ might have had more meaning had Girls Aloud not already been embraced by the Camden set. But ever since a surf-guitar unexpectedly heralded their debut single, Sound of the Underground, they’ve garnered praise from people who would usually shun a manufactured group: both the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand worship the ground that the seemingly perma-sozzled Sarah Harding has just thrown up on.

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