Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Pipettes: Sex and The Modern Woman

I can understand how a lot of people might have a little trouble taking the Pipettes seriously. Their sound, a Spector splurge, every frame filled with three part female harmonies and knickknack percussion sitting deep in the mix, is something that was abandoned long ago when the Beatles and Stones first set foot in the States. Now, those once rebellious and innocent proclamations of enduring love are looked at as childish and out of date. Is this a shtick? Are those matching polka dot dresses for real? I would like to think that the Pipettes debut is less a shtick and more the resurrection of the pop song before it lost its soul to rock and roll.

Throughout We Are The Pipettes, it is hard to find what the defining characteristic is in their sound. Is it the effective “wall of sound” production? Is it that their song writing is so well done that you don’t have to wait for the hook, rhythm, or beat? Is it their poignant lyrics that represent the modern, independent woman who is trying as hard to be self sustaining as she is in her search for true love and dependency? On “Sex,” the Pipettes leave trying to be the mouthpiece for the ultra girl generation and sing from the point of view of the guy who wants to “get right to the point.” The Pipettes not only nail the female perspective in their songs but as seen on “Sex” can understand their sexual counterpart as well - the modern man that is almost as interested in talking about "life and gossip" as he is about getting down to business.

[mp3] The Pipettes - Sex

[mp3] The Pipettes - We Are The Pipettes (XFM Session)
[mp3] The Pipettes - Judy (Acoustic)

But then again, I might just be in love with The Pipettes because I think Gwenno is super hot. But how 'bout it, which Pipette is your favorite?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

their music sucks but they are hot. they are the indie pussycat dolls.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Will said...

There seems to be a love it or hate it with reactions to these girls. And I'm certainly on the "love it" side of things. If 100 bands can do throwback 70's garage or 80's new wave with no modern twist, why not at least one genuine vintage girl group with a modern twist. I love their liberated, independent lyrics. It was about time, given how popular those girl group box sets have been with the hipsters.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

yeah, what Will said.
They are a breath of fresh air and their choreography is rather endearing in its lack of bumping and grinding.

12:27 PM  
Blogger The Paranoid Mod said...

The Shangri-Las did it better, but less forcefully. And there's a lot of charm to their lyrics...

Rose all the way, incidentally. mmm.

12:48 PM  
Blogger the_KING said...

Oh Mr. Anonymous,
How lovely you are veiled in your bold type face. Such a harsh term as "suck" should be reserved for acts that aren't as musically/ artistically capable as the Pipettes.

It is hard for me to accept that the Pipettes "suck" at what they do. I can understand if you don't enjoy listen to their music or straight up don't like it but to say that it "sucks" is a little sophmoric.

You want to hear "suck?" Go and listen to a band called Pillbox Porno from Los Angeles singing a song called "Los Angeles." You want to see "suck?" Watch the video for the song.

5:39 PM  

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