“When the studio was at its most hectic she was the one having the foremost fun,” is how music producer Brian Higgins will remember Sarah Harding. The Girls Aloud singer has died aged 39 after being diagnosed with carcinoma . Brian, alongside songwriter Miranda Cooper, worked with the group throughout their career. “We wanted to form very aggressive pop which suited Sarah right down to the bottom,” he tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.
“Whenever we might start a replacement album Sarah’s enthusiasm for being back was always heart on her sleeve, so excited then filled with the optimism of what was next. “It’s not that the opposite girls weren’t, it’s just that Sarah was so animated and going at 100 miles an hour all of the time.” the bulk of women Aloud’s songs were written by Miranda who worked closely with the women and says, after 10 years of teaming up with them, Sarah never changed and constantly made them laugh.
Miranda says Sarah “just nailed” recording the Brit Award-winning favorite song The Promise, where she sings arguably her most iconic line: Here I’m, walking Primrose wondering when I’m gonna see you again. “After the only had gone to favorite we were having a drink together,” Miranda tells Newsbeat. “And she said ‘What exactly does the road mean?’ “We told her it had been about walking on (London’s) Primrose Hill. She thought it had been about walking her dog called Primrose.
“It was brilliant and just perfectly Sarah.” “When we started working with them pop was on its knees,” Brian explains. “The lines were blurred as Sarah would show up at the NME Awards per annum handy out a gift. “The bands loved her, she was one among them and as a result of that, Arctic Monkeys covered one among their songs, Coldplay sang Call The Shots then did Smashing Pumpkins. “I think Sarah’s legacy is she showed a legion of pop producers who are making records now that you simply can do anything and it isn’t a trash genre.
“It is that the genre, and that I think Girls Aloud are a part of why the planet sounds the way it’s now because they inspired people to travel out and make music.” After Sarah revealed her cancer diagnosis she wrote her autobiography naming it Hear Me Out – after a song she wrote for women Aloud’s second album. A fan-led campaign in March got the 17-year-old song to favorite within the iTunes charts. “She just sang it because it came out on the record,” Miranda remembers about the writing and recording process for it.
“It sounded brilliant and it is so amazing that it then had a second chance recently, obviously under very sad circumstances, but it had been lovely to ascertain it get the as it deserved.” “It was very like Sarah, all emotions there on display and when she needed to write down something great she did,” says Brian. “That’s the type of person she was. She left an excellent mark.”