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Old 10.07.2009, 02:22 PM   #1
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Forgive me if they have already been discussed - I tried doing a search but the words "the" and "gossip" are kinda popular on this forum....

So, what do you think about them? I'm writing this because I may or may not decide to drive down to DC and fork over $20 to see them again....otherwise, I might see them at Terminal 5 for $30 on Friday.

They are one of my favorite bands (although I haven't really heard many of their new songs...it worries me that Heavy Cross seems to have a synth though...) That's Not What I Heard is an album that continues to move me every time I listen. I saw them when I was in Copenhagen and was really, really impressed. However, I know that Beth Ditto does not play long sets so I don't know if it's worth the ticket price + the cost of gas.

Let's discuss. (Hopefully this thread will turn into more than a debate as to whether Beth Ditto is hot or not...because we all know she is)
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Old 10.07.2009, 02:27 PM   #2
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she certainly isn't hot at all
and me not likey
i can see the appeal though but not for ~the Rex~
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Old 10.07.2009, 02:29 PM   #3
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Seeing her live is believing. That girl has stage presence. And confidence. And what a voice!
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Old 10.07.2009, 02:31 PM   #4
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I think they suck, and further I think everyone gives that chick MORE credit than she deserves simply because she is not what people conventionally think of as attractive. I think she gets subliminal pity points, and further I think that is bullshit! I listened to two or three of their albums, it was not my taste. I did not understand all the critical praise until I actually saw the woman and said, "ohhh, pity party time."
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Old 10.07.2009, 02:32 PM   #5
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Beth Ditto is the UK's answer to Mama Cass.
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Old 10.07.2009, 02:32 PM   #6
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She has a way of singing that makes me think her voice won't last another ten years. The tension in her vibrato makes my throat contract.

I've heard people say they're good live. So... yeah, knock yourself out. You're only young once. Unless you're old, in which case, you haven't got long left, might as well make the best of your last days.
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Old 10.07.2009, 02:32 PM   #7
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"ohhh, pity party time."

My reasons for liking them have nothing to do with pity. I personally really enjoy how they mix together punk, blues and dance. It's totally rad. That being said, I never really liked Standing in the Way of Control (the song)
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Old 10.07.2009, 02:34 PM   #8
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Beth Ditto is the UK's answer to Mama Cass.

she was fucking royalty in denmark. it was insane.
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I think they've outlasted the novelty of having a large lead singer. There's a reason you haven't heard of Ultrasound but have heard of the Gossip (regardless of the fact I'm not overly keen on the Gossip).
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Old 10.07.2009, 02:37 PM   #10
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I think it really says something that most people only think of them as being the band with that fat girl, despite the fact that they've been around for 10 years now.
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Old 10.07.2009, 02:48 PM   #11
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Seen them live once, having not heard of them before.
I had quite a great time (regardless of the fact i was punch-drunk as I always tend to be on music festivals) so they must have been pretty good.
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Old 10.07.2009, 02:50 PM   #12
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they seem popular on the bear scene. The fact that other than having a fat woman in david bowie make up there isn't anything interesting or good about them is enough to make me diet harder.
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Old 10.07.2009, 02:54 PM   #13
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why do people give a shit if she's fat or not? karen o has a similar stage presentation but people don't seem to mind because she's skinny.
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My reasons for liking them have nothing to do with pity. I personally really enjoy how they mix together punk, blues and dance. It's totally rad. That being said, I never really liked Standing in the Way of Control (the song)

I was more in reference to critical praise for otherwise unnoteworthy albums. That was not a crack at your own musical tastes, more the mainstream "oh yeah, we heard the gossip and their cool" vibe..
I think the music industry was affraid to criticize her because of her differences.. I heard the critical praise and tried to like the albums, but I did not, and this was having NEVER seen or heard of or knew anything about Beth Ditto. I just did not like the sound, it was mediocre at best.. so I was thinking to myself, jesus this band sucks! Why do all these writers keep praising this band as if they did not suck? then I saw the front woman, and I got it instantly. As I said, it is more subliminal pity points if anything. It is politie to leave people who are different alone, whether they are what we think of extremely attractive or unattractive, we show favortism towards extremes.
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i don't. Bears into bad indie music do, apparently.
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I was more in reference to critical praise for otherwise unnoteworthy albums. That was not a crack at your own musical tastes, more the mainstream "oh yeah, we heard the gossip and their cool" vibe..
I think the music industry was affraid to criticize her because of her differences.. I heard the critical praise and tried to like the albums, but I did not, and this was having NEVER seen or heard of or knew anything about Beth Ditto. I just did not like the sound, it was mediocre at best.. so I was thinking to myself, jesus this band sucks! Why do all these writers keep praising this band as if they did not suck? then I saw the front woman, and I got it instantly. As I said, it is more subliminal pity points if anything. It is politie to leave people who are different alone, whether they are what we think of extremely attractive or unattractive, we show favortism towards extremes.

okie that makes more sense. i heard "lesson learned" on a mix long before i knew who who beth ditto was and i really liked it. then again, i tend to like most riot grrl-ish stuff...it's kinda a weak point of mine.

that being said, i think that beth ditto has also gotten a lot of hate from the music industry.
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Old 10.07.2009, 05:17 PM   #17
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I saw them live once on a festival. When I read their description I thought It'd be pretty cool but that feeling came as quick as it want the moment they started playing. Beth has a great voice though, but the music itself is so boring.

Also she's fat.
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she sings pretty good. they're nothing impressive though.



also, she has armpit hair. even more than patti smith.
something else i just noticed, she has no eyebrows.


oh yeah and she is morbidly obese.
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Her voice is great, but the music is sort of boring and has only gotten worse with every album.

Also, I don't think Beth Ditto is hot, but I think it's awesome that she's confident and that other people think she's hot.

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why do people give a shit if she's fat or not? karen o has a similar stage presentation but people don't seem to mind because she's skinny.

Good point.
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