Lily Allen admits she ‘can’t listen’ to her John Lewis Christmas advert

Singer says her cover of Keane's 'Somewhere Only We Know' is 'quite shrill'

Lily Allen has admitted that she can’t listen to the song she recorded for the John Lewis Christmas advert.

Allen sings a version of Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ to soundtrack the retailer’s Christmas campaign but, in yesterday’s (November 19) interview with Radio 1‘s Nick Grimshaw, she said she found listening to the track difficult.

“I can’t listen to the song, I’ve got to be honest,” she said. “It’s quite shrill.” Allen also revealed that she finds it equally awkward to listen to old material from her back catalogue. After Grimshaw told her that he had heard her 2006 single ‘Smile’ the day before, she responded: “Oh, that must have been enlightening”, and when asked if she liked hearing her previous material, she said: “I can’t stomach it… if ‘Smile’ came on the radio, I’d be like ‘bleurgh’.”


During the interview, Allen also claimed that her recent Twitter feud with Azealia Banks had motivated her to write new songs, and revealed that she would be playing Glastonbury festival in 2014.

The singer followed-up her cover of ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ with her single ‘Hard Out Here’, which is her first original song since 2009. Since its release, Allen has defended both ‘Hard Out Here’ and its accompanying video, which shows her dancing with a group of black dancers in a spoof of hip-hop music video tropes. This part of the video has been picked up on by some critics, who claim that using black dancers to gyrate explicitly around a white singer, albeit ironically, is not acceptable.

Speaking to NME at the Red Bull Revolutions In Sound event at the London Eye last week, she said: “There’s been a lot of praise [for ‘Hard Out Here’]. Millions. Laura Mvula, Ellie Goulding and Kate Nash were all in touch. Loads more. Laura Mvula said she both laughed and cried with happiness when she saw it.” She acknowledged that there had also been plenty of critics, “but we’re not going to talk about them”.

Allen refused to give any more details about her third album, saying it would be announced in due course. When asked if she was looking forward to being so busy in the New Year, with a presumed 2014 album release and tour dates, she joked: “You never know, I might rush-release it before Christmas.”

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