I Didn’t Like Their Carpeting Either

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.

Frank Zappa, of the Mothers of Invention, said the Shaggs were one of the “top-3 bands in history.” Perhaps he hadn’t yet listened to: My Pal Foot Foot. As one critic wrote, “I can’t decide which song is worse: the one played by the drummer or the one by the guitarist.”

My Pal Foot Foot  https://www.youtube.com/

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