'Skinny Genes' was released in April 2010 and instantly became the Whistling Song of the Year (previous winners include Noah and the Whale and Peter, Bjorn and John). Doolittle is straight out of the Lily Allen mould of catchy tunes and slightly naughty lyrics, although Doolittle appears to be less blunt than Allen, preferring to use a euphemistic whistle rather than get too lewd.
An Eliza Doolittle single will guarantee you two things: a melodic chorus and a video of Doolittle staring lustily into the camera with hot pants on. Now, this sounds like a sure-fire commercial hit (see Pixie Lott) but 'Skinny Genes' only reached 22 in the charts. The reason behind the re-release is far more likely to be because of the song's ubiquity on television adverts.
'Skinny Genes' is summery. Fact. No one wants to hear sickly sweet melodies and irritating whistling during the coldest winter since 1346, which makes the decision to re-release the single rather perplexing. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but one feels that it has had its day, run its course. Here's to waiting for the re-re-release in the summer!