BitchTapes: Sisters Making Music Together
Photo: Band members (and sisters) of Smoosh
Who better to start a band with than your sister? Today's BitchTapes highlights lots of sisters who have decided to brave the music industry together. Enjoy!
1. The Carter Family - Wildwood Flower
The Carter Family initially consisted of Maybelle Carter, Sara Dougherty Carter, and Sara's husband A.P. Delaney Carter. Maybelle Carter's guitar scratch was said to be the most widely imitated guitar style by the end of the 1920s. Maybelle later made music with her three daughters, as Mother Maybelle & the Carter Sisters. The Carter ladies are legendary. Make sure to listen to them. But first, listen to this song from The Carter Family. And be sure to check out Laura Veirs' cover of Wildwood Flower.
2. The Angels - My Boyfriend's Back
Sisters Barbara and Phyllis Allbut were the two members of The Angels. This song was #1 on the billboard charts in 1963, and it's been covered a bazillion times since then.
3. First Aid Kit - You're Not Coming Home Tonight
First Aid Kit is comprised of Stockholm-based sisters Jöhanna and Klara Soderburg, ages 19 and 17. They're also involved with the Sweden Girls Rock Camp!
4. Tegan and Sara - Living Room
Everyone knows that Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Kiersten are identical twins. What they don't all know is that Tegan and Sara tend to write their music independently in different cities and then come together to record and tour. Tegan told prefix that, "We encourage each other to be different and have different styles". What they're doing seems to be working, as they're still making music together after 14 years.
5. Heart - Magic Man
How could a mix of sister bands not include Heart? Ann and Nancy Wilson have been making music together for a long time. And they have a new album set to release this August, called Red Velvet Car.
6. The Dixie Cups - Chapel of Love
This trio consisted of sisters Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins, as well as their cousin Joan Marie Johnson. They all started singing together in grade school! Can anyone listen to this song without thinking of Father of the Bride?
7. ESG - Dance
ESG (also known as Emerald, Sapphire, and Gold) has consistently been comprised of three sisters (Maria, Renee, and Valerie Scroggins) with other rotating members. The Scroggins sisters were given instruments at a very young age, in an effort by their mother to keep them off the street in the Bronx. In the 90s, Luscious Jackson and The Beastie Boys cited ESG as a band that had directly influenced their music-making.
8. Sister Sledge - He's the Greatest Dancer
Four sisters who are probably most famous for "We Are Family." I had no idea that Will Smith was such a thief until I heard this song!
9. The Pointer Sisters - I'm So Excited
Three sisters who were huge during the 70s and 80s. Ruth Pointer recently told PopMatters, "We just had fun. We knew what the other one was going to sing. The only thing I guess we would fight about was who was going to sing lead. Everybody wanted to sing lead."
10. The Shangri-Las - Remember (Walking in the Sand)
The Shangri-Las: Two sets of sisters!
11. The Watson Twins - Just Like Heaven
Chandra and Leigh Watson are identical twins that I was first introduced to through their work with Jenny Lewis. This song (a cover of The Cure's original) really captures their amazing ability to harmonize.
12. Heathers - Waiter
Twin sisters from Dublin. Apparently they named their band after Heathers. Yes, that Heathers.
13. Smoosh - The World's Not Bad
Smoosh initially consisted of sisters Asy and Chloe, who released their first album in 2004 when they were 12 and 10. Since then, their younger sister Maia joined the band. I fell in love with them years ago when I heard girl-anthem Rad, and I've enjoyed becoming reacquainted with them when they released their 2010 album, Wintershins.
14. Pearl Harbor - California Shakedown
I did include this sister-band in the last BitchTapes that I made, but I just couldn't leave them out of this one. They're too good.
Did I forget any notable sister bands? Please let me know in the comments section!
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