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Gigs: 20 January 2005 - The Pipettes and The Go! Team at the 100 Club
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Ninja tunes... The Go! Team's female MC works the crowd
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Tonight, the line-up at the 100 Club on Oxford Street has more indie kudos than everyone on the NME's recent Cool List put together.

Predictably, it's completely sold out and on show are two of the coolest bands doing the rounds at the moment. Just ask Radio One's Zane Lowe, he's even got a Go! Team T-shirt.

"The Go! Team manage to fuse Ski Sunday horns with a flurry of samples and playground chants. The outcome is part Lemon Jelly, part Avalanches..."

When heavenly support act The Pipettes float onto the stage, I am nothing short of transfixed.

Before now, I'd heard tales of three sirens enticing crowds on the unsigned band scene with their mesmerising dance routines and matching polka-dot dresses, but I'd never really taken heed. How foolish I was.

On the surface, the Pipettes (pictured below) have all the playful allure of The Ronettes or The Shangri-Las, but if you look for long enough (and trust me, you will) you'll notice a mischievous glint in their eyes, the kind that The Donnas used to have.

The PipettesThere's a brunette (Rose), a blonde (Becki) and another brunette that used to be a red-head (Julia). Backed by a band of equally attractive blokes named The Cassettes, they doo-wop their way through a cheekily great set of tunes about school uniforms and the pleasures of being tied to the kitchen sink.

How these girls aren't signed yet is anyone's guess.

clattering beats

If any band is entitled to abuse punctuation marks, it's The Go! Team. They're a Brighton sextet - three girls, three guys - led by musical mastermind Ian Parton and fronted by a female MC named Ninja.

Debut album Thunder, Lightning, Strike manages to fuse Ski Sunday horns with a flurry of samples, clattering beats and playground chants. The outcome is part Lemon Jelly, part Avalanches, but more frantic, with more hip and definitely more hop.

The Go! TeamFor the majority of their set tonight, it seems The Go! Team have two drummers, but with the band swapping instruments like stickers it's hard to keep up.

Layered on top of Parton's omnipresent, busy guitar fuzz are angelic recorder solos and wistful harmonica melodies.

In truth, though, it's all about the beats and the relentless groove of 'Ladyflash' and 'Bottle Rocket' means you're more likely to find the album filed misguidedly under 'dance'.

The only trouble is, faced with such a bewildering, rich assault of sound, Ninja's vocals get lost somewhere in the mush tonight.

You can't fault her enthusiasm, though, and she works the crowd like a seasoned pro.

By the end of the night, every pair of feet in the house dances in unison. That's what I call teamwork.

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