Friday, March 4, 2016

Does the new All Saints video reference *that* jacket?

Re-reformed girl band All Saints have just released the video for their excellent comeback single One Strike. It is insanely boring, shot in black and white through what appears to be a catflap. Until, that is, you get to the last shot, where one of the band shrugs off a jacket and throws it to the floor.

As you may remember, the band imploded at the height of their fame in 2004 over the disputed ownership of a combat jacket. Songwriter Shaznay Lewis had been allotted it for a photo shoot, but Natalie Appleton decided she wanted it instead. After the squabble, the pair wouldn't speak for years.

"I would never in a million years have put money on the group ending over a jacket," Shaznay told The Guardian in 2004. "But when that incident happened, it fired up so strong, it had to be over... And the way I was then, the state we'd got into then, there was no way she was getting that stupid jacket."

So the video seems to be giving a cheeky wink to fans, with the group saying their differences are behind them. It's a nice touch.

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