Girls Aloud Take A Visit To The Pet Shop

Jan 15th, 2009 // 11 Comments

The latest single from Girls Aloud’s Out Of Control is the Pet Shop Boys-penned “The Loving Kind,” a sumptuous piece of pop that’s all gigantic featherbeds of synths and wistful “I still want you back” lyrics. Its video has the Girls, appropriately enough, existing in a matrix of flashbulbs and mirrors, smashing wine bottles and throwing bouquets of flowers as they gaze pensively away from the camera. Clip after the jump, and while you click, please think about how cruel it is that the UK gets to plaster gorgeous tracks like this all over its pop-radio playlists while we in the States are stuck with numerous attempts to make the populace care about the Pussycat Dolls again.

Girls Aloud – The Loving Kind (HQ) [Dailymotion]
Girls Aloud – The Loving Kind [BBC Chart Blog]
[HT Tom]


  1. Anonymous

    Nice song – but the Girls need about 50% less makeup.

  2. Ned Raggett

    Just this second I was thinking about Eighth Wonder and “I’m Not Scared” and wondering what the modern equivalent would be. And here’s the answer!

  3. the rich girls are weeping

    Of course, I want to do nothing but listen to this all day.

    The thing about Girls Aloud is that their sound is just too … British? In that way that makes it impossible for them to cross over here? Of course, the thigh-high synths on this one harken back to the original, but in general, their sound isn’t … bass-heavy and spacious enough to appeal to American pop tastes, I think.

  4. KevinChurch

    I like how you can tell it’s a Pet Shop Boys song with one word: “disinclined.” Stuff like that is one of the reasons they’re my favorite pop band.

  5. bcapirigi

    So many drinks, such pretty flowers!

  6. Chris Molanphy

    @bcapirigi: FTW.

  7. Nunya B

    V. lovely. But! It’s going to break their streak of UK top tens come Sunday.

    So the UK public should not be given nearly as much credit as they’re getting. (Guess who’s #1? Just guess. J-j-j-just guess, guess.)

  8. Lucas Jensen

    @Ned Raggett: Eighth Wonder has been coming up a lot around these parts!

  9. the rich girls are weeping

    @Nunya B: Haha. Well, if anyone would L-U-V Lady Gaga, it would be the Brits. HA!

  10. dyfl

    @KevinChurch: I’d say the giveaway line is “The issue’s never mentioned / with all the best intentions.” Oh, Neil.

  11. bess marvin, girl detective

    i’ve been waiting for you to review this song. it’s very lovely even if it’s a b-side to “call the shots”. i think it’s their best video yet.

    @the rich girls are weeping: as much as i would LOVE for them to come over here, i don’t think it will work either. everyone would immediately put them in the pussycat category and they aren’t the best dances. i wouldn’t mind if they played a couple of shows here though. i’m sure they’d get a good audience in NY and LA.

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