Imogen Heap and Frou Frou

Imogen Heap is awesome.

The first time I heard her was “Come Here Boy” on the radio in California (owowowo picking up new artists from the radio how cool am I?) I listened with all the power my ears could muster. I was mystified. She was raw and alto and gripping and great. And then, when the song was over, there was applause! I had no idea what I was listening to was live! I use many exclamation points to express my joy!

Paul Bettany and Soleil Moon Frye are mussed.

So I got her album, I Megaphone (owowowo anagram; and it was good. So good. I can’t get into how good. Let’s leave it at “quite.” She was nineteen, I think. Maybe twelve. Young. And about seven feet tall. And I think “Come Here Boy” might be the best, sexiest, most gripping song ever written, and, yes, I’ve heard of Jeff Buckley. It was 1999.

Anyway. She was on Almo records — same label as Garbage (owowowo glee) — which promptly collapsed under the quality of its artists. She was adrift. I was adrift. Periodically I Googled to see if she had a new album out. I downloaded grimy RealAudio files of B-sides and a top-secret application to convert them to MP3. I made CDs. I pined.

One day I googled, and she was back.

She paired up with this dude Guy Sigsworth (owowow the Britishest!) They formed Frou Frou (a band the likes of which has never been seen!) I got the first album, Details. It was electronica, and not rock like the other album, but whatever. It was good. I played it to death. When the time came, I put it in my Friendster profile. It was 2002.

Then, starting a few months ago, all hell broke loose.

I was channel surfing, and I heard “Let Go” played on an episode of “Miss Match.” I was excited. Then I saw the trailer for Garden State that’s pretty much a music video for “Let Go.” Excitement was building. Then I saw Shrek 2, and I knew in an instant that the band doing the cover of “I Need a Hero” for the closing credits was Frou Frou. I nearly peed. I told my heckling partner, who could not have cared less, but she was very kind. Then a friend told me he heard “Shh” on “Gilmore Girls.” Gilmore Girls! Owowowowo WTF!!!11!

I have yet to see her in action, either live or on TV. Can we hurry up and get these two on Letterman or something? Craig Stillbourne, maybe? Hell, I`d watch Leno. You British readers with your Top of the Pops and your Channel 4 and your reduced risk of coronary disease — is she a famous flame over there? Are we just behind the times? Should I move?

According to her website she is recording again. Eeeeexcellent. I haven’t been this googly for an artist since I programmed Pearl Jam lyrics into my TI-82. Yeah, I did that.


Draws. Sweats. Eats too much sugar-free candy.

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16 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    Imogen, as a name, is typically pronounced Em-Oh-Gin; Em like in Emma, Oh like in “Oh my God, I just learned how to pronounce Imogen!” and Gin, as in Martini.

  2. missy me says:

    I have always pronounced it “I`m O gen” (as in good) but this is grat, even though it was back in 04 lol. I am a ginormous fan.

  3. Alexis says:

    I say imo-ghen, but my friend says immo-jen. I dont think any one has heard her say it, so until we do, we can only guess.

  4. InnocentCriminal says:

    It`s pronounced “Imma-GIN”. The way you would say the word “gin”. With a `J`. Jenny, etc.

  5. melissa says:

    I`m pretty sure you pronounce her name as “Im-OH-gen” (the g sounding like `good”)

  6. Flip says:

    Imogen Heap`s back?! Excuse me while I hyperventilate like a frenzied tween fan. Omigodomigodomigodomigodomigod!!! um, and one more ! I`m off to Amazon asap. Flip

  7. shestumbledin says:

    Tory — are you going to any of the ACT concerts being promoted by Move On?

  8. Tory says:

    Eeee — it`s on my mind. They`re coming to Asheville, NC, which isn`t too far from where I`ll be, and Pearl Jam is headlining, but I don`t know if I can do $50/ticket right now. I`ll know better in a couple of weeks. I`d sure love to be there.

  9. Dan says:

    Streambox I`MMM TELLLINNNG!

  10. DaMember says:

    Thats NOT Soleil Moon Frye in that pic. Hey, come discuss it here!…..

  11. Anonymous says:

    How the hell do you pronounce frou frou? Is it like “Cow” or “too”

  12. Ani says:

    “Frou Frou” is pronounced `Froo Froo`.

  13. Kylie says:

    How do you pronounce Imogen Heap?

  14. Tory says:

    I say “imma-jeen heep,” but I`m probably wrong. Have you heard she`s touring the U.S. with Tori Amos? Don`t know if she`ll be at all the dates, but ya never know…

  15. Tory says:

    Umm… nevermind… the tour fell through, but she`ll be doing her own US tour later this year and next, so rawk.

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