Everybody Wants to Be on TV

Studio Album by released in 2010

Everybody Wants to Be on TV review

A pleasant surprise for Scouting For Girls

The most varied bands appear in Great Britain lately. One of the new collectives’ types is comprised of former pub performers who are used to entertaining the audience with plain joyful songs and simple, often to primitive, tunes. The trio Scouting For Girls is the brightest representative of the category at the end of the XXI century’s first decade. Releasing their eponymous debut record in 2007 Roy Stride, Greg Churchouse and Peter Ellard were quite surprised themselves at its incredible success it being an extremely pleasant surprise, though. Their songs amazed and won the audience not only with rather frank and rude lyrics, yet, not devoid of humor and word play, not only with the simple instrumentation – even the song titles shouted with the boldest simplicity. Nevertheless, the singles were played on all radio stations and the audience was anticipating the new work. It has not made us wait too long – the album Everybody Wants To Be On TV coming out this spring becomes a great continuation of Scouting For Girls’ story.

Everybody Wants To Be On TV is not just some inflammatory songs

The musicians wrote a number of songs for the second album a couple of years ago but after the debut’s success they have preferred to correct them to put up a good show. As a result, cynicism and vulnerability, flippancy and life experience, primitive rhymes and serious implication have wonderfully synthesized on Everybody Wants To Be On TV. The album opens with an inflammatory song This Ain't A Love Song with the lyrics which could be written by a schoolboy ('I'm a little bit lost without you/ I'm a bloody big mess inside’) but its memorable tune will surely make it this spring’s hit. Little Miss Naughty addressed to a girl is another hitting number, the pure emotions of a desperately love-struck young man making the track so attractive. Famous can be actually considered the record’s title track as the main theme is presented on it: everybody wants to go on television, it is not necessary to have some special abilities, the main thing is to be young and good-looking. The composition Silly Song is another interesting moment for it is a break-up song and perhaps such a title witnesses the lyrical character’s self-criticism. Besides, one should pay attention to the tracks Posh Girls, on which the modern young aristocracy female representatives are defeated decisively, and 1+1 devoted to the undesirable pregnancy. The album closes with a no less appropriate composition Take A Chance, telling simultaneously of love and the positive philosophy that recommends seizing the day.

An album to relax but with a point

On the one hand it is a good thing that such bands as Scouting For Girls exist – it is them who provide us light-minded songs which are so essential to relax after a hard brain work. Students torture themselves over intricate problems, study literary genres, arts and sciences, researchers invent remedies against dreadful diseases, experts optimize production racking their brains over projects – they should find time to take a rest from all of that! The works of Scouting For Girls are absolutely irreplaceable at such moments. Everybody Wants To Be On TV is 10 simple songs for dancing, singing along and laughing at. On the other hand, the album’s main theme and other issues prove to be quite topical, and it is a notable step forward for Scouting For Girls no matter how hard the band tries to disguise it behind recklessness and self-confidence. One can only guess what these guys are up for next time, but one thing is certain – they have once again managed to surprise us with Everybody Wants To Be On TV and preserve their reputation at the same time.