Scouting for Girls Go West Right Said Fred
Atomic Kitten Lucy Spraggan
Peter Cox met Richard Drummie in 1974 and played him a demo tape. Richard liked what he heard and so began their continuing friendship and collaboration. In 1982 they signed a publishing deal as songwriters ‘Cox and Drummie’. They approached several record companies without success, but with the help of manager John Glover they secured some studio time and recorded their first two singles ‘We Close Our Eyes’ and ‘Call Me’ and renamed themselves Go West. Within a matter of days of completion of these tracks, John was negotiating with Chrysalis Records and Go West finally had a record deal.
‘We Close Our Eyes’ was released in the spring of 1985. It reached number 5 in the UK charts and became a top 10 hit in the USA. This success was followed by three further UK top 10 hits – ‘Call Me’, ‘Goodbye Girl’ and ‘Don’t Look Down’.
THROUGHOUT THE NOUGHTIES Atomic Kitten flew the flag as THE biggest girl group in Europe selling OVER 8 million records and selling out arenas globally. As one of Britain’s most successful exports it’s fair to say the UK pop scene sorely missed Atomic Kitten…well now they are back, older and wiser…AND more feisty and fun-loving than ever. Now, with founder member Kerry Katona re-joining her fellow Kittens Liz McClarnon and Natasha Hamilton, the 3 originals are back and ready to make up for lost time.
In July 1991, the group released its début single, “I’m Too Sexy”, on the independent London-based record label Tug Records. The track is a distinctive dance song which takes a gentle swipe at the fashion industry.
It was a huge hit in the United Kingdom, spending six weeks at number two in the charts behind Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”, and three months in the Top 10. The song also went to number one in 32 countries including the United States where it topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song earned the band its first Ivor Novello award. The single also went to number four on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. “I’m Too Sexy” has been used in over 40 television shows and movies, including My Wife and Kids, The Simpsons, The West Wing, and EastEnders.
Their second single, “Don’t Talk Just Kiss”, with background vocals by soul singer Jocelyn Brown, was released in October 1991. It made number 3 in the United Kingdom Christmas charts, entered the top five in many countries, and reached number eight in the United States dance chart.
Five years since first arriving in the public eye and Lucy Spraggan is about to release her fourth studio album. After three Top 40 albums so far and several sell-out tours, it’s clear to see she has developed a truly loyal fan base.
I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing will be released in January 2017 and will be followed by Lucy’s biggest tour to date, with shows at venues such as London Koko and Mancheser O2 Ritz as well as Lucy’s first shows in Europe.
Lucy appeared on the X Factor in 2012, since then her audition video has been viewed more than 40 million times. She was also the most Googled musician of 2012, after she came off the show and immediately signed to Columbia Records.
Her debut album Join the Club was a top-ten success and Lucy has enjoyed sell-out tours since then. Her last record We Are was released on her own label, CTRL Records, after Spraggan opted to take the independent route the second time around. The album just missed out on a top twenty position and was highly acclaimed as one of the best singer-songwriter albums of 2015.
2017 is officially the year of SFG10. To celebrate a decade together as a band, Scouting For Girls will be playing events across the country in 2017 performing songs from their debut album! Since they burst onto the scene in 2007 with their unstoppable million selling debut album featuring classic tracks It’s Not About You, She’s So Lovely, Elvis Ain’t Dead, Heartbeat and James Bond, the trio have gone from strength to strength. From sold out tours to triple platinum sales, a series of hit singles all of which were inescapable radio smashes and a triumphant Greatest Hits, Scouting For Girls know that 2017 should be a special one.