The Pipettes

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

The brainchild of Brighton, England-based promoter and recording artist Monster Bobby (Bobby Barry), this highly entertaining all-girl retro pop group was formed in 2003 by singers Rosay, Riot Becki and Julia (b. Julia Clark-Lowes). Monster Bobby put the singers together with an all-male backing group (dubbed the Cassettes) leaving the girls free to concentrate on vocals and songwriting. The group’s energetic live shows saw the girls replicating the classic girl groups of the 50s and 60s by dressing in matching outfits (polka dot dresses) and stepping their way through a rudimentary dance routine heavy on choreographed hand movements. Gwenno (b. Gwen Saunders) replaced Julia in 2005 but the change did little to affect the master plan, which began to take shape the same summer with the release of the limited edition vinyl-only singles ‘I Like A Boy In Uniform (School Uniform)’, ‘ABC’ and ‘Judy’. A recording contract with the...

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