The Pipettes

The Pipettes

The Pipettes

We Are the Pipettes

Cherrytree/Interscope

Th Pipettes may look and sound like the simpler era of sock hops and malt shops, but this trio of British babes in polka dots have got feminist ideals that The Shirelles and The Shangri-La’s had seem to have yet discovered. Gone are the days of good girls waiting around for their “leader of the pack,” these ladies aren’t about to get walked on:

Your kisses are wasted on me (Boy)/ Can you see we’re through? (Boy)/ I don’t love you, you don’t make me smile/ For a while (Boy)/ Get out of my face (Boy)/ I’m gonna catch a chase some other guy/ Who I might like – from “Your Kisses are Wasted On Me.”

Harmonies, dance pop, and girl power. Sound familiar? Admittedly, these gals do share a slight similarity to The Spice Girls. Maybe it’s the accents, or the clean cut persona, but let me clarify — in big bold letters — THE PIPETTES ARE NOT MINDLESS POP MUSIC MADE FOR CHILDREN AND SUPERMARKET MUZAK!

The Pipettes’ music is as powerful as their image. “Pull Shapes,” “Sex,” “Judy,” “One Night Stand”… you will not be able to get these songs out of your head, I’m telling you! You’ll be hooked, and if you’re not then you’re a hardened, bitter soul with no sense of fun! Let loose, shake your ass; this music is meant to move you!

If and when you do find yourself won over by these ladies, if you’re hungry for more here are a few more bands excavating the past for poodle skirts and hot rods: The Gore Gore Girls, The Riff Randells, The Detroit Cobras, The Busy Signals.

Cherry Tree Records: www.cherrytreerecords.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Bully
    Bully

    Bully greets Orlando with apathy and anger toward one of its theme parks. Jen Cray smiles and thinks, “Man, this band would have fit in well in the nineties!”

  • Luther Dickinson
    Luther Dickinson

    Blues & Ballads: A Folksinger’s Songbook: Volumes I & II (New West Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Conway
    Conway

    Big Talk EP (Self-Released). Review by Jen Cray.

  • Freakwater
    Freakwater

    Scheherazade (Bloodshot Records). Review by James Mann.

  • The Haymarket Squares
    The Haymarket Squares

    Light It Up. Review by Carl F Gauze.

  • Ani DiFranco
    Ani DiFranco

    Years pass, and so do our legends, but one constant remains: there are always artists living and breathing that are worth your time and attention. Ani DiFranco is a major one, according to Jen Cray and a whole legion of fans.

  • Javier Escovedo
    Javier Escovedo

    Kicked Out Of Eden (Saustex Media). Review by James Mann.

  • Eszter Balint
    Eszter Balint

    Airless Midnight (Red Herring). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Arthur Lee and Love
    Arthur Lee and Love

    Real to Reel (High Moon Records). Review by Al Pergande.

  • The Rentiers
    The Rentiers

    Here is a List of Things That Exist EP / Black Metal Yoga 7″ (Square of Opposition Records/Death to False Hope Records). Review by Jen Cray.

From the Archives