The Shaggs

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1960s 1980s 1990s
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Formed in Fremont, New Hampshire, USA, the Shaggs comprised the Wiggin sisters, Helen (drums), Dorothy (guitar, vocals) and Betty (guitar, vocals). Their father, Austin, financed the recording, manufacture and distribution of the trio’s 1969 set, Philosophy Of The World, which revealed a band of startling ineptitude. Out-of-tune guitars, off-key harmonies and naive lyrics marked an album which quickly attained cult status by lovers of the genre. Several hundred copies of the initial pressing of 1, 000 went missing shortly after release, and as a result the album remained a cherished collector’s item for 10 years until Terry Adams of NRBQ persuaded Rounder Records to re-release it on the Red Rooster imprint. The trio’s grasp of music proved equally unsure on their only other collection of recordings, The Shaggs’ Own Thing, which also featured sister Rachel (bass) and brother Robert (vocals). When Austin died of a heart attack in 1975 the sisters...

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