I had an awful tumbleweed moment with Mutya Keisha Siobhan (aka The Origibabes, aka The Un-Sugababes) last year. See if you can spot the moment where the wheels came off this red carpet interview at the Q Awards:
Wow. I never thought I’d be interviewing the three of you together.
Mutya: I know! We’re really excited to be back. It’s been an exciting year.
What’s been the biggest challenge?
Keisha: Honestly, just making sure on the business side that we don’t make the same mistakes as we did in the past, and that’s been the hardest part.
When are we going to get to hear some music?
Keisha: It’s coming soon. You’ll hear some stuff soon. It’s important to us that we get it right. We’ve had so much support from our fans. The general public really want this to happen, and so do we. We’re really excited.
You must have options for the first single. How many tracks are you choosing from?
Siobhan: I think we know what the first single will be but for us it’s been a real focus on making a real album, a body of work that we are proud to stand by.
Girls Aloud announced they were reuniting on Friday. You must have been like, “you bitches – this was our year!”
Mutya: [Long, shocked pause] Nooo... Not at all.
Keisha: We’re friends with Nicola and Kimberley personally, outside of work. So just like they’ve known about this for a long time before everyone else,
I knew about them – and I think it’s great.
Mutya: It’s all exciting stuff.
Anyway, back before Keisha gave me the evils, the band were talking about their comeback single. Sadly, we're still waiting for the big reveal - but the girls have finally broken their silence to post a new track on YouTube. It's called Boys, and it appears to have been filmed in a mirror (look at the text in the poster over Keisha's shoulder).
Very catchy - but without hearing the backing track, it's hard to judge whether the song is an powerful peal of pop thunder, or a dismal R&B slowjam.
Your fears should be allayed by the fact it's been produced by Richard Stannard and Ash Howes and Mnek (Three producers? Were they playing Twister on the mixing desk?) And if that's not enough, Mutya Keisha Siobhan are "allowing" you to sample three seconds of the finished track on Soundcloud.
Welcome back, ladies. You have been missed.