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Saturday, January 19th, 2013

The Forgettable Shaggs

The ‘60’s coughed up some strange bands and one of the weirdest was the Shaggs. I hate to criticize anyone’s music – but this group was the hairball of all-women bands.

The Shaggs were composed of the Wiggin sisters: Dot Wiggin, Betty Wiggin, Helen Wiggin, and later, Rachel Wiggin.  I would have called them the “Friggin’ Wiggins” but their father named them after insisting they play together in a commercial band.  He probably didn’t realize that in Britain, to “shag” a girl means to have sex with her.

Austin “The Dad” Wiggin didn’t seem to realize a number of things.  His girls couldn’t sing, couldn’t  play their instruments and didn’t want to learn, and were not exactly ‘eye-candy’ on stage.  The girls immediately disbanded upon Dad’s death in 1975.

Now, for being so mean, I’m going to punish myself by listening again to one of the Shaggs forgettable songs. As one critic wrote, “I can’t decide which song is worse: the one played by the drummer or the one by the guitarist.”

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