“Boy did you ever think that loving
Would be nothing more than walking me home?”
Taken from the album Tangled Up
So this is the song that introduced me to Girls Aloud. We’re used to the sound of ‘Sexy! No No No…’ now but when it came out it just sounded ridiculous – in a good way. The complete opposite of the previous song on this list, this track is made up of seemingly everything the producers could find. No second is wasted, no moment is spared. ‘Sexy! No No No…’ is an odd, noisy symphony.
Cheryl’s robo-vocal opening is still exciting to this day, but the big thrill comes when the song explodes out of the intro and into that beat, that frantic chorus, and everything seems to go into overdrive. “DID YOU TELL HIM? NO NO NO GIVE HIM KISSES? NO NO NO” the girls sing/yell, variations of which appear throughout the song. There are verses and choruses here but nothing seems to fit into a normal song structure. It rapidly flicks and switches from lines like “From top to bottom I’m a woman sunshine” to a cowboy yell of “hell YEAH”.
After ‘Sexy! No No No…’ and ‘Call The Shots’ caught my ear, I bought Sound Of The Underground and Chemistry, to date the only Girls Aloud albums released in Australia. They bored me to tears at first, I must say, and mostly still do today. My love affair with the group wouldn’t restart until the debut of ‘The Promise’ in 2008, but I’ll never forget the rush of excitement ‘Sexy! No No No…’ gave me and countless others around the world.