Story of Song
Roy Stride from Scouting for Girls, who penned the song, said in an interview with Spinner UK: “I write a lot about falling in love and breaking up. I don’t know who said it, but someone once said the best songs are about the first five minutes and the last five minutes of a relationship, which I agree with. Most people have been there and I try to harness that, but I think about a situation from a character’s perspective. The emotions will be ones I’ve experienced, so there’s a truth there, but it doesn’t have to be what I’m going through at that moment — I’d be so miserable if it was like that. Can you imagine? If you had to go through tremendous pain to be a decent artist, you’d have to live an awful life. Crime writers don’t have to be murderers, do they? That’s the really creative challenge for me, to look through the eyes of a character but for it to still be personal. When people listen to your music, they have to be able to connect with it and feel what you’re singing about. And that’s why people like us, because we’re normal blokes who sing about things everyone can understand.”
Released March 28 (Digital), March 29 (CD Single) 2010
NEW ZEALAND – 16
UK – 1
This song became the band’s first number 1 single in the UK; it also topped the Official Charts Company for 2 consecutive weeks. ‘This Ain’t a Love Song’ peaked at number 4 in Ireland, number 19 in Australia, number 45 in Belgium, and number 13 in Netherlands.
Artist’s age on release date
The band had been active for 5 years when this song was released.
Ollie Bryan (acoustic cover) – Hannah Rei – A few amateur artists have covered this song on Youtube.