The Pipettes

The Pipettes are and English indie-pop band. The band formed in 2003. The group was originally composed of Julia-Clarke Lowe, Rose Elinor Dougall and Rebecca Stephens. However, at the time of their debut album Clarke-Lowes had been replaced by Gwenno Saunders. In 2008, the bands members once again changed Dougall and Stephens left the group and by 2010, Gwenno Saunders and her sister Ani became a duo. The all-girl front runners were backed by an all-boy band, The Cassettes, which includes Monster Bobby; the Falcone brothers, Jon and Seb, and Alex White.

Monster Bobby formed the band in 2003. He is a singer-songwriter that intended to revive the Phil Spector pop sound, while still maintaining a modern vibe. In order to create such a band, he decided to recruit friends. The original three members vaguely knew each other but hopped on board. Although Bobby was given the credit of starting the band, each of the women wrote songs as well as Bobby and meshed them together. All of their ideas collectively created what would be known as The Pipettes.

The name “The Pipettes” was a nod to the fact that they were an experiment in “manufactured pop”. They decided to name themselves after a tool used in a science lab because they wanted a way to give props to the experimental nature of forming the group. The members argue that they are the ones that “manufactured” themselves, but there is no denying the fact that the formation of the group was not one that came naturally. Setting aside their “manufactured” origins, all of their music is credited to the group collectively. Usually, one member of the group has an idea for a song, then the other members chime in their opinions and the combinations is what creates their music. It is a collaborative effort.

The male backers never appear in interviews or photoshoots as a way to put the focus on the female singers. The three women always wear matching polka dot dresses and have a choreographed routine that is one of the most important pants of their shows.

The original members of the band in 2003 created a really unique sound. Together, they produce music that is reminiscent to the upbeat cheeriness of the ’60s all while slipping in modern flair. The lyrics include hints of feminism while remaining true to the typical ’60s melody. For my last blogpost, I wanted to discover a band that stood out to me from the music of today, something that was different in sound while sounding familiar. The Pipettes do just that. Their song “Pull Shapes” reached Number 26 on the UK singles chart, the highest any of their songs ever reached. Although they are mostly unknown (particularly to those in the US), there is no denying the fact that they had an original take on music.

 

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