The early 90s U.K. pop charts were briefly lit up by Betty Boo (Alison Clarkson), a cartoony/pin up, pop/hip hop crossover singer who enjoyed enormous success with her debut long player “Boomania”. “Doin’ The Do” and “Where Are You Baby?” reached number 7 and 3 in the singles chart and were admired by critics and fans alike. In addition much of her debut album was self written and self produced in her bedroom.
Here’s a reminder of “Where Are You Baby?”
A follow up album (GRRR! It’s Betty Boo) failed to capitalise on her initial success and even though tempted by a new record deal with Maverick records effectively wrapped her career up.
Following the death of her mother, Boo now reverting to her real name began a song writing career that has ultimately brought greater success than her own pop career. Her first major recognition came with Hear’Say and their number one single “Pure And Simple”.
Clarkson wrote two songs for the Girls Aloud debut album, including “Mars Attack”.
She also co-wrote Paloma Faith’s single “Smoke And Mirrors”.
Clarkson has been working with Sophie Ellis Bextor on a 2014 release.