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The Pipettes

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The group was formed in mid-2003 by Monster Bobby with the intention of reviving the Phil Spector pop sound and giving it a modern twist, after noticing the reaction girl group songs got during his DJ sets. In collaboration with singer, poet and photographer Julia Clark-Lowes, who was inspired by Bill Drummond (and Jimmy Cauty)'s The Manual , he recruited friends from and around the local music scene. The group have been called an experiment in manufactured pop, although the members' take is that they manufactured themselves. The male backing musicians, "The Cassettes" rarely appear in interviews or photoshoots, adding mystique and emphasising the role of the singers. The three frontwomen wear polka dot dresses and synchronised choreography is a major part of their live shows, whereas The Cassettes can be seeing wearing tank tops with their initials sewn onto them.

In 2007, the band signed a US deal with Cherrytree Records, part of Interscope, and after a series of well received performances at the SXSW festival, an EP led by the track Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me was released on June 5, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales chart. The album was released in North America on October 2, and is due to be released in Asia on October 17, with both releases containing new bonus tracks. Both of these versions of the album were remixed and produced by Greg Wells, thus resulting in a differing sound from the original European release.

*Note: Limited edition CD of 200 individually numbered copies given out free at gigs in December 2004 containing the song "In the Bleak Midwinter". An a capella version of the song was available at the same time to download from Audiojunkies.


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