FROM 2000 to 2010 the UK was completely void of good musical talent. How else do you explain these chart-topping bands?
Briefly popular during the summer of 2007 thanks to their irritating earworm Worried About Ray, these days The Hoosiers have been relegated to the status of an obscure pub quiz answer. Even twatting about wearing superhero costumes in the video for Goodbye Mr A couldn’t secure them a cultural legacy, strangely enough.
These sweep-fringed, gentrified rockers dominated the airwaves in late 2005 with a series of vacuous hits that all sounded exactly the same. Besides being unlistenable, your main issue with The Feeling is that bassist and songwriter Richard Jones is married to Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who you would totally be with by now if it wasn’t for him.
The Ting Tings
Not quite a one-hit wonder, The Ting Tings achieved top ten success twice with a pair of excruciating singles that you’ve actively tried to erase from your memory. Since then they’ve gradually slid into irrelevance, with their fourth studio album The Black Light not even having a Wikipedia page. Probably because it’s absolutely terrible.
Scouting for Girls
Pity the youth that grew up during the Noughties. Not only did they live in the shadow of 9/11 and struggle through a recession, one of their distractions during this bleak era was this piano-based pop rock band with an annoying name. Gen Z are right to look back on this time with a sneer of disdain.
This morose indie outfit somehow topped the album chart in 2005 with an album whose lead single was f**king Wires. Perhaps their depressing dirges were accepted as good music because they tapped into the miserable mood of the nation, which at the time was in the grip of an unpopular war and problematic Yorkie adverts.