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14-02-2007
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Gossip
They're an amazing band and I've noticed a few people on here like them, so I thought a thread should be started on them!

About the band {wikipedia}:
Gossip formed in 1999 in Olympia, Washington with vocalist Beth Ditto, guitarist Brace Paine, and drummer Kathy Mendonca. They were influenced, among others, by riot grrrl bands such as Bikini Kill. K Records released The Gossip's first release; their debut eponymous EP; "The Gossip" in 1999.
Since its release Ditto has caused controversy for being open about her weight and sexuality, and not holding back when it comes to discussing fellow muscians.
Their next release was their first album, "That's Not What I Heard" and was released by the record label Kill Rock Stars on January 23, 2001. In between the release of their second album, they released the EP "Arkansas Heat" on May 7, 2002, "Movement"; their second studio followed one year later and was released on May 6, 2003. In November 2003, two months after the release of their first live album "Undead in NYC" on September 9, drummer Kathy Mendonca left the band to pursue a career as a midwife. Hannah Blilie joined to replace her.
The first release featuring new drummer Hannah Blilie was the collabarative EP "Real Damage" with the Electropop solo artist Tracy + the Plastics, it was released on January 25, 2005. The bands next album then followed a year later; "Standing in the Way of Control" was released on January 24, 2006 on Kill Rock Stars.
They are now based in Portland, Oregon. The Gossip have opened for bands such as Sleater-Kinney, Le Tigre, and Mates Of State.

The Gossip have opened for the Scissor Sisters for three dates on their tour in November 2006, but in NME magazine singer Ditto complained that she disliked performing for an audience who didn't 'know their Ramones'.
The song "Standing in the Way of Control" was written by Ditto as a response to the United States government’s decision to deny gay people the right to marriage. “Nobody in the States was that surprised or shocked by what Bush did, but it made everyone I know feel helpless and cheated,” she has said. “I wrote the chorus to try and encourage people not to give up. It’s a scary time for civil rights, but I really believe the only way to survive is to stick together and keep fighting.”

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They´re so great, I saw them once in Glasgow and it was one of the best concerts I´ve ever been to, it was so energetic and sexy

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I'm seeing them at the end of the month. Great band. Takes me back to my hanging around with Le Tigre, Bikini Kill fans days..

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i love 'standing in the way of control'. i thought it was an 80s song at first, it's great!

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It's without the 'the', but anyway, great band!

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It's without the 'the', but anyway, great band!
Ah thanks, wasn't sure about that (blame wikipedia )

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Love Gossip. Beth is an amazing singer!!

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love them and i love the waqy the lead singer is fat .. for some reason i just like that she is true to her self

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I really love 'standing in the way of control' too, it's been stuck in my head all morning!

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Love them!!!

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I hate NME, with a passion, but this is a great cover picture:

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just back from seeing them...it was great, beth ditto is hiliarious!

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Why doesn't she have her own thread? She has been everywhere lately! Good to rep for the non skinny crowd!

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Love them, love her. Girl can sing. And I like her personality. And bonus points for being Portland based

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They're great. I especially love their first EP, I think it was self-titled. And I love that Beth can really SING, too many girls (and guys, for that matter) in current bands sound so goddamn whiney.

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