The Sarah Whatmore Award for giving us pop fans amazing singles but sadly no album!
Supersister launched their careers with the amazing pop anthem Coffee. With its references to hot toffee and caffeine addiction their debut single predicted the current 2007 craze of Starbucks, Neros and all their ilk. It is said the UK drinks more coffee than tea which is pretty amazing considering tea built the British empire. Perhaps then Coffee was released just too early but exposes the brilliance of the girlband Supersister. In this time period, the Spice Girls were splitting hairs with dodgy Darkchild collaborations and Atomic Kitten saved their careers with the Mills and Boone classic Whole Again. Supersister stormed onto the pop scene with all turbo’s charged and metaphores as bright as the rainbows that created them. The first single was a sequel to Its Raining Men. Heads turned, necks aroused and hotpants picked out. Coffee confirmed that a brand new girlband had arrived.
Further eye-brows were raised with the second camp-as-tits single called Shopping. If Coffee predicted the nations’ love for drinking a latte, Supersister predicted the UK’s love for credit cards, Selfridges, H&M and going into debt decked out in Gucci, bling and Prada heels. Despite the amazing trick to predict the future, the country failed to respond however the fan base grew and grew. Then came the 3rd single Summer Gonna Come Again. Seeing as global warming has totally effected our seasons, Supersister predicted the environmental changes, whackey weather motifs and poor August sun-rays. Back then the terms carbon footprint sounded like a East London night club. Now even the politicians are getting down to problem of too much Summer sun. Yet the title of the 3rd Supersister single forewarned it all. Spooky aint it!? All three singles somehow foretold a story of the UK, nay the world!
The Video for Coffee
So, with each single release the fanbase grew and it hoped for a parent album. It didn’t come. Gut Records shelved the album “Lip Service” and people today have clearly voted for its instant release. Pop acts, especially girlbands, are often messed about by other interests that have nothing to do with the music or the acts involved. Its often put down as “record company politics” yet despite the fact of 6 years passing, its clear people still want to see some kind release of Lip Service! A lot of fans were left dissapointed and clearly still want its release.
So who are Supersister? They consist of Eleanor Phillips, Louise Fudge, and Tina Peacock. You could clearly hear on the songs themselves that they loved to dance, sing pop and were good friends with each other. They could truly belt out the hard notes without melting down the listeners eardrums ala Christina Aguilera. If you listen to Boys In the Backseat (b-side to Coffee) the girls go all “Aretha” on the feminist popditty without edging into Destiny Childs unfunny territory of Survivor. Even today they are covered. Not only was their fourth single “Just Came To Dance” swallowed up by S Club 8 but the Icelandic girlband Nylon recently covered Summer Gonna Come Again.
Supersister you have been voted by readers Don’t Stop The Pop as the act they’d most like to see the album from and by proxy perhaps this means ya the most missed pop act in recent memory. They were fun, kind and the perfect pop group. They reflected the world and the generation of pop fans the songs were aimed at! And, as illustrated above, they predicted quite a lot too! If there is any pop justice in the world Gut Records will do the right thing and secure the release of Lip Service. Or, alternatively Don’t Stop The Pop will hire an S.A.S macho Pop task force to break into the h.q of the record company and snatch Lip Service! Seriously though, Supersister you were great and are muched missed. Perhaps one day Lip Service will see the light of day and when that comes I’ll raise my Chai Latte in celebration but remember folks “never” “instant, cus he’s too quick!”.
A Huge thanks to Matt and the girls!
A Huge thanks to Matt and the girls!