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Ever have the feeling that your life seems to be lacking something? Well, if you do, then fear not and let Gossip fill the void you have in your lives. Fronted by the bastard daughter of Debbie Harry and Stevie Nicks, Beth Ditto commands her listening audience with her powerful vocals. To look at Beth Ditto in all her glory, one would not label her a classic beauty by any means, but one listen of her booming vocals and you can’t help but fall in love. This power trio of post-punk rock madness showcases the best of both worlds: Rock/disco dance happy melodies with a flare for familiarity.

Gossip are three friends all originally from Arkansas who, didn’t actually get together until original drummer, Kathy Mendonça left Arkansas to go to Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Lead singer, Beth Ditto and bassist, Nathan Howdeshell (AKA: Brace Paine) followed Mendonça, where Gossip continued on to creating great songs and slowly, but surely, build their audience, converting one fan after another with their infectious grooves.

good music has a fighting chance. In this era of electronic malady of eternal sameness, Gossip gives us hope.

Gossip eventually settled in Portland, Oregon where they further honed their craft. Listen, I could give you the canned Wikipedia version of this band, but I’m not going to do that. They deserve more than just some bland, Wiki write up. It’s very, very rare in this day and age when a female has the pipes to go up against any vocalist of the rock persuasion and hold her own, but Beth could most certainly hang and then some.

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Gossip as a whole, cohesive unit know how to turn out a crowd and leave them longing for more. Sure, you can say when you think about rock music, the last thing that comes to mind is dancing, but Gossip will do that to you whether you like it or not. Every Gossip song that I hear makes me wonder why they aren’t just straight obliterating pop radio today (Oh wait. I guess, there’s no room, what with the likes of Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber hogging the airwaves for themselves.) With every new release, Gossip seems to be maturing and growing as a band with a mission to move you. Personally, I highly recommend their latest sonic fare, A Joyful Noise. If you’ve never heard Gossip’s music before, I invite you to dive right in. I can promise you that you will not be disappointed. Gossip, ladies and gents, is the best kept secret roaming around today. The group’s songs are carefree and punchy. For those of us who were not lucky enough to have been around in the mid-70’s to mid-80’s, well then, it goes without saying that we missed the boat with groups like Blondie and Heart, but thanks to this ever-awakening post-punk revival and specifically revivalists like Gossip, music, good music has a fighting chance. In this era of electronic malady of eternal sameness, Gossip gives us hope.

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