INTERVIEW

The Pipettes have got the New Year all mapped out. Having signed to Memphis Industries in the summer of 2005, they are currently in the studio recording their debut album. That hits the shelves later this year, but not before a second single release in February and a third in the spring. In what little […]

The Pipettes have got the New Year all mapped out. Having signed to Memphis Industries in the summer of 2005, they are currently in the studio recording their debut album. That hits the shelves later this year, but not before a second single release in February and a third in the spring. In what little time they have in-between, Brighton’s most infectious popsters will hit the road’s of Europe and there’s even talk of America. But the demanding workload doesn’t daunt The Pipettes in the slightest, quite the opposite. They eat, sleep and breathe being Pipettes.

They encompass the sound, sassiness and undeniable enjoyment of the early 60s girl group, they know more about music than the majority of us who try to write about it and most importantly have pop hit after hit hidden up their polka-dotted sleeves. 2006 already belongs to The Pipettes.

Is it true that you hate The Beatles?

Becki: We don’t hate them. We just think they paved the way for a lot of music that we don’t necessarily agree with.
Rose: We’re a bit tired and bored of the standardisation that has come through The Beatles. And everyone takes the same references and look at the same things.
Gwen: They’re just not relevant to what we do.

Is it because everyone name checks The Beatles because they think they should?

Gwen: Exactly!
Becki: It’s like you’re born with it being your birthright to like them and that’s just not where we stand. But we still name check them for fun.
Gwen: It’s surprising how angry it makes people sometimes.
Becki: It’s such a strange thing. People don’t realise that it’s tongue in cheek.

Who do you like?

Becki: There’s so many. The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Shang-Gra-Las.
Rose: I really like The Murmaids. They’re this really obscure little band and they’ve got this amazing little song called ‘Popsicles And Icicles.’ It’s brilliant. I fucking love that song.

Did you meet through liking the same music?

Becki: We met through our guitarist, Bobby, who came up with the idea of making some kind of girl band. The band already knew each other and me and Rose knew Bobby so he recruited us really.
Rose: We found Gwen when she came to see us in Cardiff. And we put her in our van, took her to the seaside and that’s where she’s stayed ever since.

How do you remember all of your choreography?

Gwen: We never forget our dances because they just go with what we’re saying. They’re all quite literal, like ‘one’ (holds up one finger), ‘heart’ (holds heart and so on), ‘head’, ‘you’, ‘me’.

Why did you sign to Memphis Industries and not any of your other offers?

Rose: Their whole ethic is to have every band different from the last band they signed and they have a healthy attitude to making music and putting it out. Other labels said they liked us but didn’t know how they could fit us in. With Memphis, they just genuinely liked us.

Other than singing and dancing, what do The Pipettes like doing?

Gwen: (Laughs) This band is taking over my life to be honest. But that’s the thing as far as I’m concerned; it’s a huge commitment, like a 2030 % commitment. It is very emotional I think. I wake up and go to bed thinking of things to do with The Pipettes. I really do. I’m that obsessed with it. I know that sounds shit but I do.
Rose: I try to do other things but it always ends up coming back to this.

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