The Shaggs
Philosophy of the World


1.0
awful

Review

by Alex Trinkner CONTRIBUTOR (73 Reviews)
January 6th, 2011 | 30 replies


Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There aren’t well thought out, complicated rhythms on this album, the girls just didn’t know what the fuck they were doing. They would randomly bang on the drums or randomly strum their guitars.

Recently I was chilling with my cousin and we ended up bored out of our minds. That’s when I thought it would be a good idea show him the worst song in the world. So I went to YouTube and typed in the oh so infamous song My Pal, Foot Foot and to my great dismay he said he had already heard it…and he thought it was one of the better songs he’s heard in recent memory. Suffice to say I immediately stood up and punched him square in his square Horn-Rimmed glasses. The propensity of Hispters these days… I swear.

The Shaggs are a band compromised of the three Wiggin sisters, all three of whom were forced by their bat-shit crazy father to make music. You see their father, Austin Wiggin, went to a palm reader when he was a young man and the palm reader explained to the man that he would marry a strawberry blonde woman, that he would have two sons after she had died, and that his daughters would form a popular music group. Well these first two things eventually came to fruition, Austin focused his daughters to form what is now known around the world as The Shaggs.

Now the musical styling of The Shaggs (if it could be called that) is, in it’s own right, a unique, one of a kind listen. In most cases I will gush over a band if they do something that is new, something that is refreshing and breaks new ground, so to speak. But in the case of The Shaggs there uniqueness is not a good quality. What makes them unique is the fact that they are probably the only band in existence who recorded an album without knowing how to play their instruments or let alone sing. Take for instance the standout track, if you will. My Pal, Foot Foot begins with a drum beat that you swear a three year old with two sticks and a set of pots and pans could have written. There is no beat, no flow whatsoever and when the incessant guitar strumming comes the song somehow manages to get worse. But don’t be fooled. The song does manage to get worse, notably when the singing begins. My God, I am all for interesting ways of delivering lyrics but, this is just plain horrible. Unfortunately the lyrics are not the saving grace that some seem to make them out to be. I’ve heard that The Shaggs have been praised for their “lyrical honesty”. No. They are just three teenage girls who have no idea how to construct a song, let alone right deep meaningful lyrics. Take for example the passage from the title track Philosophy of the World
Quote:
Oh, the rich people want what the poor people's got and the poor people want what the rich people's got and the skinny people want what the fat people's got and the fat people want what the skinny people's got
And it doesn’t get any better… at all.

I have also heard that this album has been praised for the well thought out and complicated poly-rhythms that are present throughout the album. This irritates me the most out of any of the praise that I hear for this album. There aren’t well thought out, complicated rhythms on this album, the girls just didn’t know what the fuck they were doing. They would randomly bang on the drums or randomly strum their guitars. There is not one single redeeming grace to be found on this album.

But knowing that Austin Wiggins is culpable, in every sense of the word, for the atrocity known as The Shaggs, I can’t help but feel a tad bit sorry for the girls who were forced into making “music” without the slightest idea one how to do it. But The Shaggs are without a doubt the worst band I have ever heard. Ever



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Spec
January 6th 2011


27267 Comments


Too much flashy bullshit.

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atrink
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2011


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

..all i did was bold the band name and italicize the song names and bolded the end

Josh D.
January 6th 2011


13968 Comments


Lol, someone in the Sputnik tinychat posted a YouTube link to one of this band's songs.

It was so ridiculous.

Kris.
January 6th 2011


12424 Comments


RIP helen wiggen =(
better than the beatles

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2011


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

my cousin showed me the tribute albums called the shaggs: better then the Beatles. tad ridiculous..even if frank zappa did say that

Kris.
January 6th 2011


12424 Comments


bro these guys were geniuses

BallsToTheWall
January 6th 2011


44784 Comments


RIP HELLEN KELLER


and The shaggs, who knows if they are still alive?

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Kris.
January 6th 2011


12424 Comments


the drummer died the rest are still alive

BigTuna
January 6th 2011


5161 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

first or second best album ever

not really tho

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atrink
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2011


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

since when are we not allowed to swear in our reviews? I NEED TO SHOW MY ANGST!!

BallsToTheWall
January 6th 2011


44784 Comments


Read my reviews, I curse all the time.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2011


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

really? cuz all those stars got put in there automatically...except for in the summary

BallsToTheWall
January 6th 2011


44784 Comments


Frankly I didn't read your review. Now I understand your point. My volcanic Slut review is pretty heavy on the censors. I need to review more filthy shit so I can swear more.

Scoot
January 6th 2011


17882 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

the ratings graph looks like a gang sign hahaha

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2011


7318 Comments


Review is a bit messy (all those bolds and censored bits and italics make for a right mess of a visual aspect), but it is still well-written; so have a pos.

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americanmusicmachine
January 7th 2011


3953 Comments




atrink
Contributing Reviewer
January 7th 2011


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

maybe i'll take the bolds out

jsaf7
August 13th 2014


181 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Objectively, this album is about as bad as it gets.. But i gotta admit, there's something haunting about the vibe of this album... Most albums, if they're awful, don't make me feel anything or generate any emotion from me at all, but this actually gives me kind of an eerie, desolate feeling.

BMDrummer
August 13th 2014


9353 Comments


i honestly can't figure out what to rate this

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TheBarber
September 7th 2014


2037 Comments


HOLY SHIT close to me in Paris theres gonna be a play called "The Shaggs Better Than The Beatles", tickets bought already

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