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No really: Is this a joke?
how much of a career do you expect to make with a gimmick? At least the schla la la's realise this. and have tunes. and play their own instruments.
Ignore 'em and they'll go away...
Well I saw pictures and read the bumf and thought, okay, an indie gimmick it might be, but you can't go wrong with 60s style Supremes harmonys. Then I saw them perform - the band sound like schoolchildren performing for their parents and teachers; the girls sing about as well as the other girls in the Indie Nightclub they probably got picked up in.
I mean, what's the point?
did alright with a gimmick. I don't know much about the Pipettes but they seem fun, and fun is good sometimes.
there are so much more fun bands out there, they're a bit c- must do better gimmick-wise... good pr can only get you so far...
and have some tricks up those bespotted sleeves. when i interviewed Rose she seemed very keen to stress that point!
A story: This comment reminds me very much of a guitarist who doesn't know the notes on his fretboard of which I've met more than a few. In particular, it reminds me of the point where they'd start to demonstrate how to play a particular riff which demands their instrument be tuned to say, Eb or drop-C or something. They ALWAYS proceed to command me (who plays a five-string bass with a low B) to adjust my tuning - and they're ALWAYS a little confused when I reply that I don't need to re-tune if the lowest note I'll be called on to play isn't the lowest note I have available - as if they have the faintest glimmer of understanding in their mind that the two instruments are slightly different.
...the eventual point is that when I hear of Rose talking about secret tricks - as if it'll be anything revelatory to anyone that's heard the kind of music they're pasticheing, I see the look of dim bemusement on the face of all those guitarists.
(You Have Been Reading Stealthy's Long Rambling Post #327)
is SO a good look. see how far its taken George Bush.
I have a lot of admiration for George Bush. For anyone else, living your entire life almost understanding the things people say to you, but having the final fundemental meaning lie just beyond your grasp would soon give way to frustration.
Dubya just shrugs, smiles and goes on his way.
It takes a lot of fortitude to live your live like that.
Nothing to get het up about.
I think you'll find it is: When I see three reasonably hot girls in their Sunday best, toting microphones - I expect tasty 3-part harmonies - not atonal yelping.
It really detracts from the fantasy I have about laying pipe in all 3 of their burgers at once. Especially to the one with glasses. That's hot.
I expect atonal yelping. It shows they are paying attention.
Fun in music is never good.
Music is a deadly serious business. How would you feel if you were listening to Linkin Park and they stopped every once in a while for a little comedic interlude? Your whole listening experience would be ruined!
i mean, what else could you possibly call Mike Shinoda's rapping other than "comedic interludes"?
True dat. I almost forgot, all you need to do to raise a laugh in company is to tell someone to "shut uuuppp!" when you're talking to them, or to complain about "wounds that will not heeeeaalll"...
but they serve a purpose - that's my 'take' anyway - I must admit I heard the single and it was school assembly sixties kitch - but you know its not a crime is it
...you're an idiot. Lighten up. The Linkin Park 'comic interlude' point is a stupid one with no relevance to The Pipettes.
The Pipettes are not an 'indie gimmick', they are a pop band modelled on the 60s all girl pop group. They play the indie scene because they have to, in order to generate interest, fans and sales. It's a sad world because all bands have to do this.
In the same way that a Peugeot is modelled on a Dodge Viper?
(Don't turn this into a shirty thread - I really couldn't handle it if I had to say what I really thought)
but it's not funny.
Because it's not a joke!
According to one's taste in music, their music appeals or it does not. There is nothing remrakable or groundbreaking about the style of music and it has been done similarly many, many times since the sixties. However, they do write nice tunes and, if that style appeals, they you will enjoy their music. Their dress sense and dance routines are an aside to the music, like so many other bands. To cast them in the same light as the artificially-created industry girl-bands is incorrect. The Pipettes have been gigging extensively for two years, and they do make an effort to tour rather than staying in London like so many bands.
Q. "I've never understood this Pipettes bashing..."
A. "...There is nothing remarkable or groundbreaking about the style of music..."
That said: De gustibus non est disputandum - as Frasier probably said.
"Your Kisses" is still the best single I've heard this year.
And a bit of amaterishness shouldn't hold anyone back - otherwise every band would sound like Queen.
"remarkable or ground-breaking" style in order for it to be of worth.
It does to me.
Anyway, the Pipettes are groundbreaking and remarkable, in the "No-one's really done this for 40 years - it's kitsch, and therefore fashionable, and therefore profitable" kinda way.
Who else would have thought of that?
It's only become fashionable in the last year or so.
They've had their style before polka dots became Topshops new vogue.
And I guess if they happen to capitalise on this then it's a result.
You think Your Kisses is good.
Wait till you hear the single to go with the album.
The single is called 'Pull Shapes' and it's the most gorgeous and poptastic thing you will hear all summer.
Indie/Arty/Student chicks ransacking 50s and 60s culture for new fashions is nothing new to me.
This just happens to be the first time I can recall someone fashioning a band out of it.
Well... maybe Pulp...
The Pipettes weren't created out of fashion.
As I said, that's totally wrong and ill informed.
If you've read about by JDTraynor, you will have seen that the pips have been gigging for around 2 years now and their image hasn't changed since day one.
They haven't changed it all of a sudden because polka dots are cool and their style is cool.
And getting all confused in the process.
If I were over-analysing, I would have made a snarky reference to "Hey Mickey you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind, hey Mickey..." long before now.
...And I said their "style" has been popping up for years before they were even on the scene.
Hell, Rockabilly bands in the US and other places have been toting that look since time began.
i mean, the whole "gimmick" seems to be that they wear polka dot dresses and play Spectoral pop music. Which means that they're not wearing the standard jeans/t-shirt indie clobber and not ripping off the Beatles, and so they're being labelled as a "novelty" band for being different. Hmm.
And anyway, i think image is importanrt for bands, as much as the 'alternative' brigade might baulk at such a statement. Not essential, but important.