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bisBis' Manda Rin is the reason indie girls still have a penchant for plastic hairgrips and T-shirts featuring cartoon characters. The trio, singer Manda Rin, guitarist John Disko and keyboard player Sci-Fi Steve, claimed to be leading the Teen-C Revolution, which essentially meant lollipops, bouncing and the general behaviour of a bunch of over-sugared seven-year-olds. But Bis were fun, Bis had energy. Amanda MacKinnon and brothers John and Steve Clark, to use the names their mothers gave them, had been friends since childhood. They managed two singles 'Transmissions On A Teen-C Tip' and 'The Secret Vampire Soundtrack' without a proper record deal and in 1996 became the first unsigned band to appear on Top Of The Pops. The media went Bis mad and the group signed to Wiija in the UK and the Beastie Boys' Grand Royal in the States. Three albums followed and in 2001 they began composing music for a Power Puff Girls video game. Sadly in 2003 Bis said goodbye to their plastic fantastic world of New Wave pop and split up.

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