Frank Zappa said that this band is “Better than The Beatles”
Austin Wiggin’s mother was a tarot card reader who gave her own son a number of predictions.
She predicted her son would marry a strawberry blonde, that she herself would die shortly after, and that he would have daughters who would go on to form a very popular rock band.
So, Austin did marry a strawberry blonde. His mother passed on shortly after as predicted, and seeing that her prophesies had all come true: Austin took his daughters out of school, bought them instruments, and turned them into a band.
And guess what happened.
The all-girl-group now named “The Shaggs” performed at a local talent show and people threw garbage at them. It’s possible that this exact moment was the original formation of “Punk Rock”.
The band was composed of sisters Dorothy “Dot” Wiggin (vocals/lead guitar), Betty Wiggin (vocals/rhythm guitar), and Helen Wiggin (drums).
Undeterred, their father bought them time in a recording studio. When the studio engineer heard The Shaggs perform, he diplomatically said “I don’t think they’re ready” due to his having ethics and a soul, but Austin Wiggins insisted on recording them anyway.
Here’s the Result:
I can not describe The Shaggs’ music, due to being born here on Earth. There are no planet-Earth based words as of yet in any known, or unknown, language to describe them.
You just have to hear them for yourself. — For reference not only did Frank Zappa claim that “The Shaggs are better than The Beatles”, he then rated The Shaggs “the third best band in history”. Also, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana listed them as “a major influence”.
And with that, let’s take a quick listen to “The Shaggs”.
It’s difficult to choose one Shaggs song to represent the scope of their music. Although their most known tracks are “It’s Halloween”, and their haunting and unique ballad about the loss of a friend “My Pal Foot Foot”, which was made into a music video…