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They want to be as good as Abba. Seriously, it’s not irony. As good at writing hit songs as Abba were. Yeah, they like Joy Division and all that, but not half as much as they like Dusty, disco and Del Shannon. Everybody’s talking ‘bout Pop Music. Everybody’s talking ‘bout the Long Blondes.

The Long Blondes are a 5-piece art-rock band from Sheffield in England. They have a large underground following, with emphasis on their "glamorous punk" image, as coined by front-woman Kate Jackson. Jackson was featured in The Guardian's style section and the NME cool list. When questioned about her place in the cool list by The Guardian, Jackson remarked:

"Probably because they didn't have enough girls. It was so overrun with boring boys, they needed someone to bring a touch of glamour."

The Long Blondes' songs reflect a number of influences, including 60's pop, The Ramones, Post-punk and New Wave. The prominence of these various influences varies from song to song. Jackson's vocals have been compared to Ari Up of The Slits and those of The Au Pairs. The music features angular guitars and prominent bass guitar lines. However, the band themselves claim somewhat more eclectic influences than their sound suggests, citing Burt Bacharach, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Chinn and Chapman, and Stock, Aitken and Waterman as influences. The band gained notoriety early on in their career for their bold proclamation "We do not listen to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors or Bob Dylan. We chose an instrument each and learnt to play it." This quote was first published on their website, and was seen as a comment on the derivative nature of the contemporary music scene.

Text Taken from the long blondes wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Long_Blondes

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