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The Lowdown on Lily

2006-08-16 12:31
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She's the child of actor and comedian Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen, so she was basically born a shleb.

Lily lived with comedian Harry Enfield - he dated her mother, so it wasn't up to her.

Lily sings in a bit of a "Mockney" accent. In other words, she fakes a slight cockney accent to sound cool and more working class than she really is.

A poor little rich girl of famous parents, Lily went to 13 different schools between the ages of 5 to 14. What kind of parents send their kids to school at 5? All British parents? Oh, ok.

Some of Lily's schools included the private schools Hill House the exclusive Bedales, known as one of the top five most expensive schools in the UK.

At one of the private schools, she met Luke Pritchard of The Kooks. She made some disparaging comments about them, and then covered their song "Naive" on Jo Whiley's Live Lounge to show there were "no hard feelings". It's only a matter of time before she and Sinead O' Connor become bosem buddies. And then we'd like the pictures please.

She has also called Bob Geldof a "c**t" and a "sanctimonious prat". That's one way to get in the papers.

The song "Alfie" on her album Alright, Still is about her brother

She's been called the "Female Mike Skinner" which is less of a compliment after his disappointing last album. We say she's more the Thinking Teen's Charlotte Church, or the Drinking Teen's chick pop.

She writes her own blog, and is grammatically challenged, but hugely entertaining. Challenged but entertaining sort of sums her up really.

- Jean Barker

* Sources: Wikipedia, Myspace, Stylus, Pop Matters, NME, Word Magazine, Rolling Stone

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