Do-Wah-Doo

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"Do-Wah-Doo"
Do Wah Doo CD Front Smaller.jpg
Single by Kate Nash
from the album My Best Friend Is You
Released 12 April 2010
Format
Genre
Length 2:35
Label Fiction
Songwriter(s) Kate Nash
Producer(s) Bernard Butler
Kate Nash singles chronology
"Merry Happy"
(2008)
"Do-Wah-Doo"
(2010)
"Kiss That Grrrl"
(2010)
Alternative cover
The vinyl cover
The vinyl cover
Music video
"Do-Wah-Doo" on YouTube

"Do-Wah-Doo" is a song by English indie pop singer-songwriter Kate Nash, featured on her 2010 second album My Best Friend Is You (2010). Written by Nash and produced by Bernard Butler, it was released as the lead single from the album on 12 April 2010, one week before the release of the album. "Do-Wah-Doo" was a moderate commercial success, reaching number 15 on the UK Singles Chart – a position exceeded only by her hit song "Foundations" in 2007.

Background[edit]

"Do-Wah-Doo" is said to be inspired by 1950s and 1960s girl groups such as The Ronettes and The Supremes,[1] and when asked about it by Spin, Nash said the following:

Critical reception[edit]

Nick Levine of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review stating:

Three years later and she hasn't started singing like Kiri Te Kanawa, while her lyrics continue to dance a line between "admirably direct" and "downright bleedin' obvious". Still, there's no denying that 'Do Wah Doo' ushers in a subtle shift in direction for Nash without sacrificing the pop smarts that propped up Bricks. Produced by Bernard Butler, it's a girl-groupy pop nugget featuring lashings of surf guitar, some nice brassy bursts and a brain-invading "bum-bum-de-bum" hook. Will it win her any new fans? To be honest, it'll probably come down to how you feel about a girl-groupy pop nugget that rhymes "lady" and "shady"... wrapped up with the line: "Well, I think she's a bitch.4/5 stars.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Do-Wah-Doo", directed by Daniel Brereton,[4] was filmed on 18 February 2010 at Brooklands Museum, Surrey, England. Nash said the following:

In the video, Kate Nash is an airline stewardess, and is a rival to another stewardess (who is shown serving alcoholic drinks to the pilots) for the affections of a handsome male steward. At the end of the video, whether due to air turbulence, or the drunkenness of the pilots, or the deliberate actions of the pilots, Nash is literally thrown into the arms of the steward by the motions of the plane.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kate Nash.

7" vinyl (2736397)[6]
No. Title Length
1. "Do-Wah-Doo" 2:35
2. "Grrrilla Munch" 3:12
3. "R n B Side" 2:16
Total length: 8:03
CD single (2737819)[7]
No. Title Length
1. "Do-Wah-Doo" 2:35
2. "Do-Wah-Doo" (performed by Ryan Jarman) 3:08
Total length: 5:43
Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Do-Wah-Doo" 2:35
2. "Do-Wah-Doo" ("Clocktower Remix" by Nick Zinner) 3:06
3. "Do-Wah-Doo" (music video) 2:41
Total length: 8:22

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 55
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[9] 8
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 36
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Do Wah Doo by Kate Nash". Songfacts. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Kae Nash's first single". Spin. 7 February 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Kate Nash: 'Do Wah Doo' - Music Review". Digital Spy. 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  4. ^ Knight, David (25 March 2010). "Kate Nash's Do Wah Doo by Daniel Brereton". PromoNews. Retrieved 14 April 2011.  For some reason MTV credits producer Rachel Dargavel as director. Kate Nash - "Do Wah Doo". MTV. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kate Nash Announces New Tour And Makes Some Videos". Addict Music. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Kate Nash - Do-Wah-Doo (7", Single)". Discogs. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Kate Nash - Do-Wah-Doo (CD, Single)". Discogs. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Kate Nash – Do-Wah-Doo" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kate Nash – Do-Wah-Doo" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  10. ^ "Musicline.de – Kate Nash Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  11. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-04-24" UK Singles Chart.

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