All Saints – ‘Chick Fit (Kissy Sell Out’s Excellent Adventure)’

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In the mid-2000s, there was a series of resurrections of pop bands who were in their prime a decade before. The most successful was Take That by a country mile, but The Spice Girls, NKOTB and a fair few others jumped on the bandwagon hoping for a career revival to… restricted success. All Saints were never really that good the first time around (save for three hits) and their second coming was a pretty forgettable blip. The band members NOTORIOUSLY hated each other, which resulted in the band dissolving over a row about a coat. No really.

So in 2006, All Saints returned with less chemistry than they ever had and with songs that weren’t a patch on ‘Never Ever’, ‘Pure Shores’ or ‘Black Coffee’. [Unrelated: their cover of ‘Under the Bridge’ is my vote for worst cover of all time – at least in terms of major releases].

‘Chick Fit’, in its original form, is a boring song that I don’t understand. What is a “chick fit”? How is different from a regular fit? Is it like epilepsy but with oestrogen? Why do they all sound so bored?

Enter Kissy Sell Out: a DJ and producer with a knack for mangling pop songs into glitchy submission. The result is pretty much the opposite to the original. Instead of boring and sparse, we get exciting and overly busy. There’s glitches, squelchy bass and Kissy’s trademark synth solos. I love how unhinged All Saints sound in this version – THEY ACTUALLY SOUND LIKE THEY’RE HAVING A CHICK FIT WHATEVER THAT IS.

Track: Chick Fit
Artist: All Saints
Remix: Kissy Sell Out [Kissy Sell Out’s Excellent Adventure]
Year: 2006
From: Chick Fit – Single [Parlophone]

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