The FABulous Ani from the amazing pop group The Pipettes has given us an interview for Poptastic Confessions! Hooray!
Photo by Robert Attard.
In case you aren't familiar with The Pipettes, we'll do a history lesson in all-thing Pipettes and I'll interject the questions for Ani in bold type and Ani's answers in italic type!
Be warned, most of the images for the single covers have been altered by me, as most of the covers didn't feature pictures of The Pipettes on them. Just wanted you to know so you didn't go out searching for them. As always, you can click on the song title to see the video or a performance.
Back in 2003, Robert "Monster Bobby" Barry decided to form a group consisting of three female singers and have the band be a throwback to the 60s Phil Spector "Wall of Sound" era with a modern twist. The three singers would be called The Pipettes while the backing band with Monster Bobby were called The Cassettes. But in general, the band would just be known as The Pipettes.
Gwenno fit right in and the band was signed to Memphis Industries record label. The first single from the upcoming album was "Dirty Mind" and released in November of 2005. It was also the band's first official music video. The song went to #63 in the UK charts.
There were a lot of disappointed fans at that time, understandably so. Some were very unhappy with the idea of new members joining the band though there were also many lovely and encouraging fans. I like those best!
The band did quite a few gigs that summer, even debuting some new songs that would later appear on their second album. However in November, Anna left the group to pursue songwriting opportunities. In February of 2009, Beth joined the group making it the fourth lineup of singers.
During the recordings for the second album, Beth quit the group. Instead of getting yet another singer, the group decided to keep it as two singers. All of Beth's vocals were scrapped from the album.
At a show in May of 2010, The Pipettes performed the Human League's "Don't You Want Me" live because Martin Rushent was in the audience. I included it here because it FABulous!
Next up was the summer smash "Call Me." It was upbeat and glorious. The video was in 3-D and Gwenno and Ani were having so much fun! This was also considered an EP release as it had two bonus tracks and a remix.
Finally, the album "Earth vs. The Pipettes" was released in September of 2010. The album contained 12 songs. Unlike their previous album, the songs were longer and not 60s Wall of Sound, but 70s disco and funk, and some reviews even said 80s. Whatever era you think it sounds like, it is an amazing album and a natural progression for the band's sound. I love it!
After the album's release, there was much hype about the track "Thank You" being the next single. It was a highlight on the album with the verses sung by Ani and the chorus by Gwenno. Plus, it had a wonderful tempo change. Sadly the single never materialized nor was a video made.
Most fans thought "Thank You" would be the next single. But it never happened. Why were no other songs from "Earth vs. The Pipettes" promoted?
You did quite a lot of touring in support of the album … The UK, Sweden and thankfully, North America in 2011! How was that?
Photo by Arturo Beéche.
In the fall of 2011, The Pipettes released a single called "Boo Shuffle." It had quite a different sound than the songs from "Earth vs. The Pipettes." This song sounded like it belonged on their first album. Very retro, indeed.
I want to be an honorary Pipette! I even know all the dance moves! Ha!
Photo by Robert Attard.
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