Last night I headed over to Hiro Ballroom to catch Lily Allen’s first ever performance in the US. It was a crowd full of docile-looking girls-next-door up in the front, hovered over by 20-something male record store clerk-types.
As soon as Lily hit the stage, you could tell in most of their faces that they seemed to all be holding a torch for the petite 21 year old. The rest of us were politely waiting to see if the little songstress that could would measure up to her enormous hype–or at the very least, to see if she was as annoying as her blinking MySpace profile.
Wearing the same black and white sleeveless dress that she recently wore on Jonathan Ross with sky-high white open-toed heels, and sporting a high long ponytail with her signature pile of bangs, she looked like a 50’s housewife meets pep rally cheerleader as she opened the show with her hit, “LDN”.
In a set as diminutive as Lily herself, the show barely lasted 40 minutes, with Lily rolling through 7 (?) songs in her regular set and returning for the encore. She of course played her other hit, “Smile”. Watch the video below:
At first I thought she was going to sing a whole load of other songs because one of her stage managers taped up two pieces of paper onto her monitors, but then I realized it wasn’t an extended set list–it was the lyrics to “Alfie”!
Ok, seriously, what is up with English pop stars and all their chavvy bling? It’s like they all have some kind of disease they have, isn’t it? Clearly Lily hasn’t reached the status of Mikey Skinner (who sports diamond encrusted gear), as she was head to toe gold, but not an ice cube was to be found. To all the people who think Lily is some kind of pioneer of fashion with her hula hoop-sized earings and oversized gold necklaces, I have news for you: Puerto Rican girls from the Bronx have been doing that since the beginning of time (true), but no one is running round calling them the arbiters of high style. Does that mean boys/girls who have crushes on Lily are also inherently attracted to Jenny from the block? Because they just about have the same exact style points going on.
Gotta shuffle off right now, but more later…I’ll deconstruct her jewlery choices (Star of David, holllaaaa???).
But for now, some thoughts (both positive and negative) from my friends in the Sphere of Blogs: Jerry “Me Like P0rn” Yeti, Brooklyn “Ghostlike” Vegan, Heart “Is Meatier than Food” on a Stick, Stero-“Where the hell was Amrit?”-gum, and Sara “No Longer a Manic Mess” Cardace for NY Magazine.
Watch Lily on Jonathan Ross: