It would have been hard to miss Gwen Stefani’s number one hit “Hollaback Girl”, from her first album as a solo artist. Released in 2005, the hip hop/pop song was written by Stefani, Pharell Williams (“Happy”), and Chad Hugo. It received Grammy Award nominations, but on the flip side, Maxim labelled it as the “Most Annoying Song Ever”!
The meaning of “Hollaback Girl” has not been explained, but with the video depicting cheerleading, one theory is related to Stefani being the cheerleader who leads the chants, rather than one of the girls who “hollers” back. Also, with Courtney Love having referred to Stefani as a cheerleader type in an interview in Seventeen, the song was thought to be her response to the comment. (Source: Wikipedia and other assorted internet browsing). Here is Stefani’s version (explicit lyrics):
One day while browsing YouTube I came across a really fun acoustic version of “Hollaback Girl”. I have no idea what the circumstances of this video were, but it is seemingly just a bit of unrehearsed fun! To me, this is how this lyrically silly song (IMO) should actually be sung (explicit lyrics):
I had never heard of Kate Nash before this, but the lighthearted tone of the song somehow teminded me of an old Chas and Dave song that my English relatives had introduced my family to years ago. Have a listen to this funny song called “The Sideboard Song”:
In any case, after hearing Kate Nash sing “Hollaback Girl”, I looked her up and found that I really enjoyed a lot of her original songs, which are quirky but really show a slice of life. My favourite of her songs is “Foundations”, about a romance that is pretty obviously coming to an end. (Explicit lyrics — The only official video I could find that hadn’t sanitized the original lyrics was this video with German subtitles.) Hope you enjoy it too.