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Old 24-03-2013, 18:37
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Although Girls Aloud only once made 1 of my top 20 songs of the year (Biology in 2005), I found most of their songs distinctive. I think I know more GA than Sugababes songs for example. Even the Saturdays seem more stuck with one sound now than GA ever were.
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Old 24-03-2013, 18:55
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In the UK they were bigger than the Spice Girls
LOL. I'm a massive fan of GA, but let's not be ridiculous...
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Old 24-03-2013, 19:12
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LOL. I'm a massive fan of GA, but let's not be ridiculous...
LMFAO
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Old 24-03-2013, 19:22
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...good joke.

They brought brilliant Pop music back into the charts, imagination over generic cheese or the guest rapper.
Well some people resort to reality shows like Popstars: The Rivals and the X factor (Sound of the underground, The Promise) and charity singles (Walk This Way, Stand By You) to get their number 1s, and some use guest rappers. Stop acting so high and mighty. I love the sats and ga, and most people in the charts use those kinda tactics.

Oh yeah, and Something New is not generic? I still love the song, but GA release some generic stuff too.
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Old 24-03-2013, 19:25
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i love girls aloud and i wanted them to continue
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Old 25-03-2013, 02:22
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I'm not suprised they split up. "Ten" was clearly only for money.

I'm not sure what the legacy is. But other girl groups should aspire to have the same longevity. Which 10 years is alot better than others who broke up sooner.
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Old 25-03-2013, 08:21
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most of those achievements are down to the way they were marketed in the 00's. girldgroups of the 90's and earlier hadnt a tv show to launch their career, the hype and promotion behind ga is probably second to none.

the spicegirls beat that by a mile without a tv talent show to promote and boost, so whos to say that eternal, all saints, bananarama given the same environment wouldnt also have racked up those stats?

eternal, allsaints, bananarama id suggest are more respected, having more input and influence into their material.

girls aloud were pop puppets, very successful, and just about my fav girlgroup...so im not a 'hater', but they have left no legacy, they didnt change anything or pave any new path.
I agree with most of this reply to the long list of numbers presented by a fan of GA. The Spice Girls, Sugarbabes, even Little Mix had/have more influence over their own work and have a greater degree of credibility.

Nevertheless GA may have something of a legacy. GA were part of a 00s hit machine which produced quite a number of decent hit records. The hit factory/machine has been a feature of popular music for decades and was probably re-introduced by Pete Waterman in the late 80s if it ever went away? The new take on the hit factory approach is the link to the TV talent show which has been important for the last 10 years or more.
GA were part of that and when UK pop historians look back at this period in about 10 years time that is how it will be characterised. GA will be seen as a successful example of that approach.

If the music is to stand up over time it needs to have made a lasting connection with its audience. The Sound of the Underground (which I always think is an ironic title) might be the most important song in that context, but Biology is a beautifully crafted pop song and I like the power pop of Sexy No No No and Something Kinda Ooh. They might get played in few years.

I thnk the Sugarbabes are a much more influential band from the 00s as they had more control over output and were/are more original in their sound. Also groups like Little Mix and Stooshe seem more influenced by US RnB groups than GA.
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Old 25-03-2013, 11:22
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i am sure in ten years time the majority of people will have forgotten they existed.

They made good pop songs but they could have been sung by any five girls.

This reunion was just all a bit meh.
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Old 25-03-2013, 14:26
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I thnk the Sugarbabes are a much more influential band from the 00s as they had more control over output and were/are more original in their sound. Also groups like Little Mix and Stooshe seem more influenced by US RnB groups than GA.
Little Mix remind me of the likes of TLC and Destiny's Child. They seem to have found their own sound and identity. Their image is a bit teeny bopper though. If LM are influenced by US RnB groups there's a good chance they'd do well in the States.
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Old 25-03-2013, 15:36
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How about the most successful reality tv show winners in british music?
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Old 25-03-2013, 16:01
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I agree with i can boogie and in ten years maybe quicker people won't remember them i think Sugababes will be remembered and referenced more even if it is due to the drama of the line ups as well as their songs and constantly changing styles of music something GA never did.

They aren't like the Spice Girls or Take That who were mentioned throughout their years after splitting with every new boy/girl group due to how big they were and i can't see that happening with GA.

Being stuck in a sound can be unique and define you but it also leads to repitition and a lack of progression. Girls Aloud were consistant but never truly amazing in my opinion but they did well.
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Old 27-03-2013, 16:45
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Legacy - does 'throwaway pop' music have a legacy .
Who are these GA people you are talking about anyway
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