Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Coke-bottle glasses and polka dots to invade San Diego

Girl-group throwback The Pipettes are coming to San Diego. The Ronettes-by-way-of-Britpop threesome and their backing band play the Casbah on June 10.

The most original thing about The Pipettes is that nobody thought to take girl-group retro this far before. They've got it down to a science, with each of the women taking a specific persona. (Blond, brunette, blond with glasses; pick which one you want to swoon over!) The band even has a Phil Spektor/Ike Turner mastermind who put the band together and writes the songs.

But when the music starts to get its cheesiest, out comes a wink-and-a-nudge line like "I just wanna move // I don't care what the song's about" that lets you know it's OK to play along. They're doing it with smarts but not taking themselves too seriously.

Their debut album, "We are the Pipettes," is one of those pesky albums that's been out in the U.K. for months and passed around among the Net-savvy in the U.S., but it gets a proper American release this summer. There's a video for just about every song on the album on YouTube ... and some MP3s below.

The Pipettes — We are the Pipettes (MP3)

The Pipettes — Your Kisses are Wasted on Me (MP3)

Also, the other night I made a "(Remember) Walkin' in the Sand" reference and nobody got it. So this seems like a good time to post some Shangri-Las. It's original girl-group music, and I'm a sucker for it.

The Shangri-Las — (Remember) Walkin' in the Sand (MP3)
The Shangri-Las — Out in the Streets (MP3)

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