Vanity Kills

Album: The Codeine Velvet Club (2009)


  • Codeine Velvet Club is a collaboration between The Fratellis lead vocalist Jon Fratelli and Glasgow singer Lou Hickey. This is the first single from their self-titled debut album. Fratelli explained to The Sunday Mail August 23, 2009: "Lou was making an album and I had known her for a little while. She asked if I had anything she could maybe use and I had part of the song Vanity Kills. I gave it to her and, two days later, she came back with words and a tune. It was almost perfect from the get go. It was meant to be for her but I couldn't let it go. We did it in two days so I wondered what else we could do - so we did a record, then thought we'd put a band together."
  • Fratelli told The Sunday Mail about this tune: "The song that started it all. Again it sums us up. I am singing a whole register lower because Lou's voice is naturally higher. I enjoyed it."


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