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Scouting For Girls: The Hit Parade

Thursday, 01 August 2013 Written by Sam Jones

Scouting For Girls dropped their 'Greatest Hits' collection on July 29 and are now gearing up to take their pop nuggets on a long UK tour, including a stop at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall.

For any self-respecting singles band, a Greatest Hits collection is a major career stepping stone. During their time on pop's battlefield, Scouting for Girls have landed four top 10 singles, one chart-topper and three top 10 albums. Here, the band's bassist, Greg Churchouse, reminisces on a few of their most-notable hits, all of which will form part of their November jaunt.

She's So Lovely (2007) - #7

“She's So Lovely was such a weird one. We'd been playing it for a good three or four years before we got signed, to people in pubs and to our mates, so it's so weird to see the reception it gets now. After it was released it just went absolutely mental, and to think that it's a song that we put together in Roy's kitchen. We never had any idea it would be such a monumental hit. Basically that's the song that gave us a way into the pop world. I still find it very bizarre now.”

Heartbeat (2008) - #10

“We definitely didn't have any expectations for Heartbeat. We actually dropped it from our set before we got signed. We thought it was alright, but I think we all just got a bit bored of it. It initially had two extra sections in it, that don't actually appear in the new version. When we went into the studio and started recording it, we just didn't think it worked. The producer chopped out the two extra sections and, suddenly, it's a three-minute, amazing pop song. Everybody at the label and the studio said: 'Dudes, you've got to release this.' It was the same thing as It's Not About You, the first release we did, we dropped that from the set as well. It was good fun.”

This Ain't A Love Song (2010) - #1

“This Ain't A Love Song was another funny one. We literally had a couple of months to put some demos together for the second album, and sent over a CD to the label with about 20 songs on it. We were expecting a very quick response back, basically saying: 'Let's get in the studio now.' A week went past and we didn't hear anything. We phoned them up and they said that the songs were alright but there weren't any potential singles on there. The first song on that CD was This Ain't A Love Song, which turned out to be our first Number 1. We never, ever expected that. The label thought it might be top 10, top 20 definitely. But, it was a case of 'don't get your hopes up lads'. When it went Number 1, it was amazing. It's everybody's childhood dream. It's all downhill from there.”

Love How It Hurts (2011) - #17

“Love How It Hurts was kinda the follow-up to This Ain't A Love Song. If you could get all prog rock and '70s about it, it's almost a direct response. We had really good fun recording that track. We recorded it in the end with two or three different producers, just to try and get the correct sound for it. It ended up being quite a monumental sound that we got. Another great single, shame it didn't go to Number 1. I think we're definitely a big singles, radio-airplay kind of band.”

Millionaire (2013)

“We thought it was going to be easy to record two new ones for 'Greatest Hits', lovely stuff. But you have to write the same amount of songs that you would for a full album. It makes it an even harder choice, to find two singles to put on there. The process of writing and demoing was a lot longer than we actually expected, whereas in the studio it was only a few days because it was just the two songs. We got a lot of reaction from the management and label, saying that Millionaire was very much like the first album. It's got a summery, upbeat sort of vibe about it. It screamed at us: “Pick me! Pick me!”

Scouting For Girls UK & Ireland Tour Dates are as follows - tickets are on sale at 9am on August 2.

Sat August 3rd 2013 - DONCASTER Doncaster Racecourse
Thu August 8th 2013 - CHEPSTOW Chepstow Racecourse
Fri August 9th 2013 - BRIGHTON Brighton Racecourse
Thu August 22nd 2013 - WOLVERHAMPTON Wolverhampton Racecourse
Fri August 23rd 2013 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Newcastle Racecourse
Sat August 24th 2013 - WINDSOR Royal Windsor Racecourse
Sun November 10th 2013 - NORWICH Norwich Uea
Mon November 11th 2013 - PORTSMOUTH Portsmouth Guildhall
Tue November 12th 2013 - OXFORD New Theatre Oxford
Thu November 14th 2013 - LONDON Royal Albert Hall
Fri November 15th 2013 - MANCHESTER Manchester Apollo
Sun November 17th 2013 - BRISTOL Colston Hall Bristol
Mon November 18th 2013 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Tue November 19th 2013 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Thu November 21st 2013 - GLASGOW O2 ABC
Fri November 22nd 2013 - LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
Sun November 24th 2013 - LIVERPOOL O2 Academy Liverpool

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