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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Poachin' A Break (and Stealing Dave Segal's Thunder) From the Shaggs

Posted by on Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 12:59 PM

I hope y'all know The Shaggs. If not...they were a Fremont, New Hamshire family, sisters, who were strong armed into playing music by their father. He managed them and "produced" their music all because his mother thought the girls were, or rather should be, headed for stardom. However, the girls, honestly...had NO MUSICAL TALENT, they didn't even want to be a band. But, talent notwithstanding, they sure tried to get good, they were home schooled so they could practice all day LONG. Turns out tho', in the end, greatness they did achieve as their album is one of the best/worst records ever. People are currently freaking out over Rebecca Black, but seriously...her weird awfulness can't hold a candle next to the Shaggs dark matter brilliance. As for the break...the wickedness drops at 0:09. Shit be CRACKIN'!!

 

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Garrett Kelly 1
One of my all time favorites!!

I remember reading, and have swiped from wikipedia, this little fun fact about the MYSTICAL element that spawned the band:

"The conceptual beginning of The Shaggs came from Austin Wiggin, Jr.'s mother. During Austin's youth she had predicted during a palmreading that he would marry a strawberry blonde woman, that he would have two sons after she had died, and that his daughters would form a popular music group. The first two predictions came true, so Austin set about making the third come true.[3] Austin withdrew his daughters from school, bought them instruments, and arranged for them to receive music and vocal lessons. The Wiggin sisters themselves never planned to become a music group...."
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