When I had discovered that the original Sugababes had regrouped, I realised I hadn't been this excited about current music news...like...ever!!
I never go out of my way to listen to new music as I am still discovering tons of music from the past!!!
Anyway, everyone who knows me, knows this, so when I had mentioned that I was going to a Sugababes (nobody knew about MKS so I had to call it this for the time being) gig, I had the same reaction from everyone - laughter plus confusion! They obviously visioned the current line up (can't even remember their names) rather than the original line-up. So, I found myself having to explain the same thing several times!
When the Sugababes released their first single 'Overload' around 2000, I was 15 and they were honestly the most refreshing group out around that time and I remember everyone in my school loving them! I particularly loved how their music was quite eclectic and they didn't seem scared to experiment with different styles of music which I feel a lot of commercial groups lack. I never knew what to expect next from them, and I liked it! 'Overload' was such a cool song at the time with a simple video to accompany it. Also, I think the fact that they were from London made them even more like-able and how distinctive they looked as a group amongst all the other manufactured ones where it didn't seem like the music or the voice was priority.
Over the years, of course, each of the original members - Mutya, Siobhan, Keisha - started to leave. Well, Siobhan left very early on but I continued to listen to her solo music, and loved it! The Sugababes became slightly more 'pop' than anything else, but I didn't mind it too much as it still had a bit of an edge... but when Mutya left, it was full-on 'pop' and I felt that the group had started to blend in with all the other girl groups. I eventually stopped paying attention at that point, and went back to listening to my pre-1995 music!
Then, at some point, I can't remember how, I came across MKS - Mutya Keisha Siobhan - oh my god, the originals!!! I knew this was going to be an incredible reunion so when I later found out they were having a small gig at Scala in London, I knew I wanted to check them out!! I also remember telling my sister (who is 11 years younger than me) and how she had no idea what I was talking about! Because of our age difference, this happens a lot - where we have no idea about certain things - such as when she mentioned Justin Bieber to me years ago, and I had no clue who he was!!
Anyway, because she didn't know who MKS were originally, I thought this was a good opportunity to introduce her to something new!
The venue at Scala, London is quite small, but I thought it was perfect for this as the last thing you'd want is to be miles away from the act you've paid to watch!
They started with 'Overload' which of course was the perfect choice and the crowd went wild! See below for my recording of it! I also HAD to mention my amusement when there were literally only about 10 other women in the crowd!! There was also a super excited fan standing behind my sister and I who sang along to all the songs and I almost died with laughter when his voice broke at a very high note!
One of the most memorable moments was when they sang 'Stronger' and when Siobhan sang the part originally sung by Heidi Range (she replaced Siobhan) ... I could hardly hear her as the crowd cheered like there was no tomorrow, but from what I did hear, I preferred much more!
Overall, the gig was amazing and I couldn't help but chuckle to myself when my sister had afterwards said to me 'wow, they sound exactly the same from when you're playing their music at home!' .... of course she would say that when she grew up in an era where there were (UK) acts such as Atomic Kitten, Steps, Liberty X, and The Spice Girls - yes, they were all very successful but they most certainly did not sound the same when they were singing live! ...and anyway, when ridiculous songs like 'Can we fix it' by Bob the Builder become a Christmas No.1, it really makes you question UK taste in music...
Anyway, MKS got a brilliant reception,and I love their new single 'Flatline' ...super catchy! I can't wait to go and see them again!