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Video of the Day: The Pipettes, “Our Love Was Saved By Spacemen”

George Lang Published: February 17, 2010

StaticBlog fave-raves circa 2007, The Pipettes originally had an early 1960s girl group/Petula Clark thing going, but then Rosay (sigh) and Riot Becki left, replaced by lead singer Gwenno’s sister Ani and two turnstile spinners, Anna McDonald and Beth Mburu-Bowie, both of whom left the group after microscopic stints.

So now we have Gwenno and Ani, danced-up and partially Auto-Tuned on “Our Love Was Saved By Spacemen.” Shockingly enough it’s a good pop song, produced by Martin Rushent of Buzzcocks/Human League fame, but this has almost no stylistic correlation to what they were doing before.

It’s more than a little like when Bananarama gave Two-Tone the heave-ho in the middle 1980s in favor of the dut-dut-dut-dutdutdut of Stock-Aitken-Waterman for “Venus” and “I Heard a Rumour.” But more likeable.

As for Rosay, enter Rose Elinor Dougall and The Distractions: