Girls

Album: Catfights and Spotlights (2008)
Charted: 3

Songfacts®:

  • This featured an interpolation of New Orleans singer Ernie K-Doe's 1970 song, "Here Come The Girls!," which was written by Allen Toussaint. K-Doe's song didn't chart at the time but was re-released in 2007 after it was featured in a Boots (an UK drug store chain) television advert. This time it reached #43 in the UK and the song remained in the public consciousness as the store continued to use it as the backing music for their commercials.
  • Ernie K-Doe was best known for his 1961 novelty hit "Mother-in-Law," which topped the charts in the US and reached #29 in the UK. This was to be his only Top 40 hit in either territory but he continued to play the clubs and had a loyal and enthusiastic following with his high-energy performances. Before his 2001 death, K-Doe was billing himself as "Emperor Of The Universe" and had taken to wearing a cape with his name imprinted on it.
  • In the UK as a promotional gimmick, Boots, who don't normally stock singles, sold copies of this one to tie in with its long term use of the original version in TV commercials. The company pledged to donate to charity all revenues from copies of the single bought there.
  • Recording this song was the idea of the girl trio themselves. Sugababe Amelle explained to Digital Spy: "We all love our soul and we wanted to go for an older sound. We had the track about two years ago - though it sounded very different then - but it didn't fit with the way the last album was going. The head of our label played the song to us again and we loved it! We changed it up, wrote our verses and added some more drums to the track and now it's perfect."

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