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No, I really ::heart:: the Pipettes

Saturday, 27 May 2006

I’ve had the album since Wednesday (and will by buying it, never fear). And not only can I not stop playing it, each time I play it I like it more.

You know when you first get into music as a teenager, or proto-teenager. You’ve still got puppy fat and there is no way you’re going to get into any real gigs. Hells, for me gigs were mysterious things my elder sibling went to in Coventry in his best mod finery. But you devour songs. You dance around rooms, singing along even if you have no singing voice, because pop music is great. That’s what The Pipettes makes you want to do.

I ::heart:: the Pipettes

Wednesday, 24 May 2006

I’m walking home down the high street and hear a familiar beat coming out of Topshop.

Your kisses are wasted on me
Your kisses are wasted on me
Your kisses are wasted on me
Your kisses are wasted on me
(Boy) Can’t you see we’re through?
(Boy) I don’t love you
Don’t make me smile, for a while
(Boy) Get out of my face
(Boy) I’m going back out to chase some other guy
Who I might like.

It’s the Pipettes! Being played in Topshop!

It’s not often I get to do the smug thing of liking a band before they get popular. The last one was Pulp, and that was more just because if you lived in Sheffield in the early 90s, you heard Pulp a lot.

A long dig through the archives pulls up my original post on going to see them in September 2004, and my tag for them started a little earlier because their first single was on unpopular records, run by A (who gave me a neat set of Pipettes badges which have the 2004 line-up on it – maybe I should get on ebay? Kidding.). And I claimed they’d be the band of 2005 over in shiny shelf’s review of 2004. Admittedly, I didn’t see the Artic Monkeys coming (nor did I actually see them before they charted, despite Law tipping me off). So, OK, the timescale was wrong but the Pipettes album is out on 17th July on Memphis Industries. It’s very good. And the first single from it, Your Kisses…, charted and is being played in Topshop whilst teenage girls buy polka-dot tops. Woo!

Meanwhile, I have found my Divine Comedy CDs.

I like a boy in uniform

Saturday, 26 February 2005

This is a public service announcement. With guitars.

And Ronettes vocal stylings.

The limited edition 7″ single (and don’t those words just send you flying back to the days when you stood in Woolworths flicking through the vinyl for that must-have song?) of The Pipettes is available to pre-order from the unpop site. UNPOP6 – a code to love. The A-side is, unsurprisingly, ‘I Like a Boy in Uniform (school uniform)’ and has been played on Radio 1. The Londonist (hello, boys, if you’re reading) have called them “the sound of 2005“. And so have I (look, there’s even a gig review).

And I want the new badges (unpop again – available to buy soon).

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