When You Wasn't Famous
|"When You Wasn't Famous"|
|Single by The Streets|
|from the album The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living|
|Released||March 30, 2006|
|Genre||Alternative hip hop|
|The Streets singles chronology|
"When You Wasn't Famous" was the first single from The Streets' third studio album The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living. Released on March 30, 2006, it went straight to number 8 in the UK and number 26 in Ireland. The song's chorus is about how Mike Skinner finds it easier to have sexual relations with non-famous women now that he's famous, but how things are just like they used to be when attempts to sleep with a similarly famous woman.
The song's verses recount Skinner's unsuccessful attempt to seduce a female pop star. The lyrics are purportedly autobiographical, but Skinner has never confirmed the identity of the pop star (who at one point is described "smok[ing] crack") in question. He has, however, categorically denied rumours that it is Cheryl Cole. or Rachel Stevens. The song contains the lyric "Considering the amount of prang you've done, you looked amazing on CD:UK" and a reference to MTV's children's appeal.
The reference to the television show CD:UK in the song is quite notable because the show was axed just two days after "When You Wasn't Famous"' release.