Lily Allen: Sly Lyrics in a Cockney Accent

fromWXPN

Lily Allen

hide captionLily Allen.

Set List

  • "Smile"
  • "LDN"
  • "Littlest Things"
  • "Everybody's Changing"

Lily Allen's ska-infused pop music has officially achieved ubiquity: She's gone from a buzzed-about underground sensation to a mainstream darling in the span of only a few months. Her sly lyrics, Cockney accent and joyful energy have all helped make her a star.

Now 21, Allen has lived a transient life, moving all over London and getting expelled from several schools before dropping out altogether at 15. Her eclectic tastes in music — from punk to ska, and from T. Rex to Kate Bush to Eminem — have influenced her pop music, which reveals stories and vignettes about love, friends and life in London. After topping the U.K. singles chart last summer with "Smile" (now also a hit in the U.S.), Allen released Alright, Still here in January.

This segment originally aired on Apr. 6, 2007.

Purchase Featured Music

Alright, Still

Purchase Music

close

Purchase Featured Music

  • Album: Alright, Still
  • Artist: Lily Allen
 

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.