Kate Nash: Foundations

Kate Nash sounds Cockney, though she certainly doesn’t have a working-class background. Cockney is merging into the popular Southeastern dialect now known as Estuary English. So the way she sounds is very hip. ( See audio-article on British English in German at Wikipedia.)

This songwriter doesn’t mince words: “What are you being a dickhead for?” she spits out. Fighting words. Kate Nash, who studied at the same performing-arts high school as Amy Winehouse, says she sees herself as a storyteller. On “Foundations” she chastises her sloppy and drunk crush for puking on her new sneakers. True story? “Actually, it was me — I threw up on my friend’s shoes!” (Rolling Stone)  — A year ago she said, “You know, I’m not a pretentious person – I was a bit of a chav, I wore trackies, trainers, hoodies, hoops. And I drank Smirnoff Ice and WKD. It was good! My youth! But the difference for me is that I am ambitious and I don’t want to end up doing something boring and monotone and routine. And rubbish.” (Times Online) Kate Nash won a BRIT award for best British artist this past year.

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