Oh British girl groups, we love you here with a huge passion here at the Mixtape. From your guilty pop pleasure sounds to your questionable fashion choices to your sometimes indecipherable accents, there is so much to love about you in ironic and non-ironic ways that we thought we'd dedicate to our first edition of a Girl Power! mini-series to the current crop of girl groups picking up where the Spice Girls and All Saints left off.
Up first is the British girl group reigning supreme, Girls Aloud and my personal favorite tune of theirs, "The Promise":
It's hard for us not to like Girls Aloud, the girl group that managed to overcome their reality show background to actually become an amazing pop music machine of glitter and, in this live performance from their Out of Control concert, fringe. They've countered the charts, television, film, and Cheryl Cole recently won against malaria so these girls are nothing if not troopers. On a sort of permanent hiatus at this point as singer Nadine currently works on her solo debut that is ending up being the pop music equivalent of Guns N Roses' Chinese Democracy, we're left with their cataglogue of hits to hold us over.
Up next, the British girl group equivalent of Menudo, the Sugababes and their tune "About You Now"
Sugababes have gone through a slew of members at this point, this year they kicked out their last original member and have promptly imploded because nobody gives a shit about them for the most part. Consistently battling Girls Aloud for chart supremacy, Sugababes have always been the All Saints to Girls Aloud's Spice Girls. And where Girls Aloud excels at uptempo tunes, Sugababes have mastered the ballad exceptionally well. What they haven't been able to keep a grip on are their egos apparently. Here's hoping in the new year that the original line-up of Sugababes somehow manages to get it together and storm the charts again. If not, they probably can go on tour with Cleopatra or something.
We know you're probably going at this point, are they actually going to post about some girl groups that are actually active? We hear you and we get it. Up next, the poor man's Girls Aloud, The Saturdays and their current single, the cheerfully inane "Missing You"
There are just so many things wrong with the song we don't know where to begin with. The AutoTune? Awful. The Leona Lewis style drumbeat? Atrocious. The chorus with the words "I miss missing you"? Elementary school at best. The college talent show level of the choreography? Get the fuck out.
So how can we like this group? Because they can also put out brilliant pop tunes like this:
Lastly, Popjustice favorite, girl duo Mini Viva who have, contrary to the name, nothing to do with mini-paper towels.
We are pretty sure that this song would be played after The Bucketheads' "The Bomb" and Dee-Lite's "Groove is in the Heart" if it came out in the 1990s.
Bonus, the British girl group that still owns the throne, The Spice Girls: