" is a song performed by British all-female pop
group Girls Aloud
, taken from their second studio album What Will the Neighbours Say?
(2004). The song was written by Miranda Cooper
, Brian Higgins
and his production team Xenomania
, and produced by Higgins and Xenomania. "The Show" was released as a single in June 2004, seven months after Girls Aloud's last release. The single, which contains themes of anti-promiscuity
, became Girls Aloud's fifth consecutive single to chart within the top three on the UK Singles Chart
The music video stars Girls Aloud as employees who exact revenge on men at a beauty salon
named 'Curls Allowed'. "The Show" was promoted through numerous live appearances and has since been performed on a number of Girls Aloud's concert tours
. Described as a "feisty, thumping track", the song received critical acclaim as one of Girls Aloud's first songs to avoid the verse-chorus form
typically used in pop music.
Background and composition
"The Show" was the first Girls Aloud single written specifically for the group. Contrary to the verse-chorus form
that is typically used in modern pop music, "The Show" opts for a less conventional song structure. It was noted for its intricacy. The song's lyrics, which contain an anti-promiscuity
message, "set in motion a writing style that would come to... Read More