The Puppini Sisters

on Friday, August 04, 2006
The Puppini Sisters are not sisters at all. Sneaky. In fact, they're mates from music college who, inspired by the animation Belleville Rendez-vous, which featured a 1940's former girl group, decided to form an updated Andrews Sisters-style jazzy type thing. I found all that out on ITV news on Monday don't you know.

It's hard to talk about The Puppini Sisters without mentioning the "p"-word, so I'm just going to do it anyway. There's three of them, they have an all boy backing band and they all seem to dress similarly - I could easily be describing The Pipettes. The crucial point though, is that none of that matters. It's a refreshing change considering the amount of generic prettyboy indie bands out there at the moment.

The live experience was provocative but charming and rapturous applause followed every song. I was quite apprehensive before the gig but all credit to them, I don't think I've ever seen a crowd so enamoured with a relatively small act at an instore performance before.

It helps that most of the material is (I hesistate to use the word novelty) cover songs - modern takes on past classics. Songs like The Smith's 'Panic' and 'Wuthering Heights' by Kate Bush are all deconstructed then reconstructed Puppini-style. I'm sure Morrissey is not best pleased (but is he ever? Mopey old so and so). I distinctly remember a particularly great song that I can only describe as an Italian gyspy punk clapfest with a bit of the 'Star Spangled Banner' added for good measure.

The Puppini Sisters - Wuthering Heights (Clip)

I totally nicked the above track off Copy, Right? [link] but Homo Electic has a full version [link] along with a couple of others. Oh and Rich Girls Are Weeping has just put up another Puppini track [link].

Yes, they're tongue in cheek and hardly the most ground breaking act around but just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Catch them at tomorrow's free Fruitstock [link] event where they will be joining fellow novelty cover enthusiasts Nouvelle Vague.

Listen to tracks on The Puppini Sisters MySpace [link] and buy debut album 'Betcha Bottom Dollar' from HMV [link].

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