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Weekend Earworms: Sing Like A British Lady

An estimated 98% of us experience earworms. Despite the annoying times that we can’t get a chorus or a hook of an overplayed pop song out of our heads, getting a really good earworm stuck can be one of the best things ever.

We here at Nerdist are dead-set on bringing you those types of songs, if only for the weekend. We’ll be scouring the internet for the best earworms we can shove into your meaty brains!

This week I’ve decided to let you guys in on a semi embarrassing thing about myself that needs to be shared:

I, Blake Rodgers, as a 31 year old man… occasionally sing to myself in a terrible British accent in an attempt to sound like female English musicians. I just can’t help it. Certain songs just have that effect on me.

Phew! There, I said it. It feels good to be honest. Hopefully, after listening to this weekend’s earworms, you too will know my shame.

First up is 2013’s “No Strings” by Chlöe Howl:

With a beat straight out of Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks”, Howl’s song literally drops the F-bomb on no strings attached relationships. The bass drives through the song enough to keep your toes tapping while a chorus that says everything about the risk of being young and making, lets say, risky decisions.

“But f— your no strings, And your ‘hey I’ll ring’ / But I’m, but I’m imagining things / No strings, kinda hope I have twins / Come on, come on, am I imagining something? / You can’t win at all / And the trouble with no strings is you can only fall”

I take back that “being young” part, this song speaks, on some level, to all ages about personal decisions and possible consequences.

So, did “No Strings” get you singing in a British accent yet? No? Well to that I have two things to say. 1 – Stop lying. And 2 – Here’s Lily Allen‘s “Alfie” off of her 2006 album Alright, Still.

Extremely poppy and saccharine-sweet in tone, the lyrics paint quite a different picture of Allen’s brother’s life choices. Complaining of her brother’s laziness, unemployment and drug use in the verses, the chorus is almost a nursery rhyme of childhood sibling bickering. Lily Allen’s other work may have hit your ears back in 2006 with her hit single “Smile“.

And yes, this video was somewhat deliberate considering Game of Thrones comes back this weekend and I love a good tie-in. The titular Alfie, a/k/a Alfie Allen, plays, you guessed it, Game of Thones’ second favorite eunuch: Theon Greyjoy.

Did you notice the resemblance?

At this point, if you’re not singing along in your best attempt at a British accent, you should at least be sending “Alfie” to all your GoT buddies.

Bonus honorable mentions of British female singers I enjoy singing along to far more than any man should are two by Kate Nash – “Foundations” and her cover of Arctic Monkeys’ “Fluorescent Adolescent

What are your favorite Brits to sing along to? Do you think I have a thing for British pop stars? Oh god, I think I have a problem. What’s wrong with me? Let us know in the comments below!

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