GIRLS ALOUD | No Good Advice


Daddy told me, look into the future
Sit at your computer, be a good girl
Mumma said remember you're a lady
Think before your play
And straighten your curls
Well everybody's talking like I'm crazy
Dangerous and lazy, girl with no soul
But I've seen it all from where I'm hiding
Baby 'cos I'm sliding out of control

Here I go, off the road, crank the stereo
I flick a finger to the world below, oh
Here I am, dirty hand, I don't give a damn
Shut your mouth because it might show

I don't need no good advice
I'm already wasted
I don't need some other life
Cold and complicated
I don't need no Sunday trips
Tea and sympathizing
I don't need no special fix
To anaesthetize me

Daddy always told me to remember
Leave the boys 'til later, don't you drop down
Momma said I'd never get to heaven
Hanging 'til eleven, with the wrong crowd
Everybody's talking like I'm lonely
Just another phoney girl who got playes
But I dig the music that I'm making
Baby, and I'll break it into your brain!

Here I go, off the road, crank the stereo
I flick a finger to the world below, oh
Here I am, dirty hand, I don't give a damn
Shut your mouth because it might show

I don't need no good advice
I'm already wasted
I don't need some other life
Cold and complicated
I don't need no Sunday trips
Tea and sympathizing
I don't need no special fix
To anaesthetize me

I don't need no good advice
No well intentioned sacrifice
And I don't need no Sunday trips
No chocolate box or speed or kicks
Hell I don't need no beauty sleep
No need to count those dirty sheep
And I don't need no bed time prayer
'Cos frankly, I don't even care


Available on:
x Girls Aloud - Sound Of The Underground (2003) CD
x Girls Aloud - No Good Advice (2003) CD-S, DVD, 12'', cassette

Written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Lisa Cowling, Nick Coler, Xenomania and Lene Nystrom.
Published by Warner Chappell / Xenomania Music / Copyright Control.
Produced by Brian Higgins / Xenomania.
Additional production and mix by Jeremy Wheatley for 365 Artists.
Programming by Brian Higgins, Tim Powell, Matt Gray, Nick Coler, Tim "Rolf" Larcombe.
Additional Programming by Yoad Nevo for 365 Artists.
Guitars by Shawn Lee.
Production Assistant: Jon Shave.

Single information:
The song was released in May 2003 as the second single from the Girls Aloud's debut album Sound of the Underground, and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart.

"No Good Advice" was written by Brian Higgins and Miranda Cooper when they were known as Moonbaby and were signed to London Records in the late 1990s. The band didn't take off and "No Good Advice" was one of the tunes that summed up the relationship with London Records turning sour - it also took on a special significance years later with Girls Aloud thrown into the mix.

According to an interview for The Guardian in July 2004, Brian Higgins said that the song reflected his general mood of failure after a special deal between Xenomania and London Records fell through in 2000, and about persisting in spite of what people told him to do or not to do.

Brian Higgins told The Times that the moment that bonded him to Girls Aloud came at the beginning of the sessions for "No Good Advice". Brian Higgins: "When we started working on No Good Advice we played them some of it, and they said: 'That's not our sound.' I objected to the use of that phrase 'our sound'. I told them they had five minutes to talk about whether or not they wanted to continue with me. They went away and spoke about it and since then it's been fine. They come in expecting to work, and there's a trust there which, I think, dates back to that day."

The song's chorus began rather differently - with the phrase "I don't like fried rice". "No Good Advice" was sung over a rave backing track and it was only when different Xenomania musicians were asked to contribute new backing tracks to the song that the familiar "No Good Advice" sound took shape.

The explicit version of "No Good Advice" (with the line "shut your mouth because your shit might show") was released on CD 2 of the special edition of Sound Of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits.

In a 2006 article, it is stated that Miranda Cooper cites "No Good Advice" as being her best lyric.

x (...) [Girls Aloud's] brassy second single, the dirty, poppy, scuzzy offspring of My Sharona and Kids In America. Sylvia Patterson

x No Good Advice is better than anything else on the album, or in the charts. It is classic pure pop that borrows from that unashamed musical decade, the 1980s, while also being heavily laced with millennial attitude and beats. It is not obsessed with trying to be a cutting-edge club hit, as many songs by the likes of Kylie and Justin are. But with at least three different killer hooks welded together, it is just a totally irresistible pop song from the old school, and makes Atomic Kitten look like playground wimps. Ian Youngs

x The logic follows that American Idol-style winners are supposed to be pandering clones offering limp ballads and knee-jerk covers designed to show off their pristine vocals without putting any potential fan at arm's length. So why are Girls Aloud-- winners of a UK-style "Making the Band"-- so good? For one thing, despite the icy, monolithic fa´┐Żade, they're human, flawed, and proud of it, following in the lineage of both the untamed heroines of so many Shangri-La's songs and dastardly chart subversion of Daphne and Celeste. Unlike those others, "No Good Advice" stomps and sneers over a "My Sharona"-like backbeat and guitar, while the girls share dreams of "dirty sheep" (?!), flick V's with the radio turned to 11, ignore parental warnings about boys and the afterlife, and even rhyme "sympathizing" and "anaesthetize me" in the chorus. Hell, this group with TV roots even had the gall/balls to name their album Sound of the Underground. Now that's a band worth manufacturing. Scott Plagenhoef

x Girls Aloud's producers and songwriters remember the early 90s, and a goodly proportion of GA's fans remember that era with fondness, and the same sparkling magic that seemed to coat that period's classics has rubbed off on this song. As a 10 year old in 1991 I didn't care about keeping it real, popstars writing their own songs, or indeed anything other than the beat and the hook. No Good Advice transports me back there completely - the illusion is that perfect.
This is Girls Aloud's Say You'll Be There - kind of, stay with me for one second - the follow up to monstrously addictive mega-selling Number One bliss-bomb of pop heaven, but actually even better - catchier, funkier, groovier and altogether a more solid song quite apart from its impeccable pop crunch and tag-teamed girl gang vocals.
Does it sound like My Sharona? A bit. Does it merely retread My Sharona in the bits that sound like it? No, because we get sassed-up defiance, cute allusions to parental rebellion over an elastic groove. The pace quickens in the pre-chorus, dashing along a metaphorical runway before the chorus takes off, as anthemic as these things can get, and from there it's just a case of piling on as many catchy bits as possible without getting bogged down. And it sounds cool, more than just a wash of great influences, but like a perfect equilibrium between them, moving into states where it's more one than the other, but switching back again with rapidity AND grace.
People can go nuts over "cool" indie column inch fillers but zero sellers if they want, but the swooshing noise underneath the talkie bit in this song is the coolest sound in music this year, high chart positions be buggered. Edward Oculicz

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