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Gossip

Gossip is an American three-piece alternative rock band from Olympia, Washington.

Formation: Gossip formed in Olympia, Washington in 1999. The original line-up of the band consisted of Beth Ditto (singer) Brace Paine (guitar) and Kathy Mendonca (drums).

Music Career: In 1999, K Records released Gossip's debut EP, entitled The Gossip (at the time, the band were known as The Gossip). The band's reputation grew and grew and they became popular for their mix of punk rock music and Beth Ditto's soulful vocals. Their punk and feminist ethics have seen them billed with (and compared to) bands such as Sleater Kinney, Mika Miko, Erase Errata and Mates of State.

Gossip's first full-length studio album was entitled That's Not What I Heard and was released in January 2001 on Kill Rock Stars. This was followed by another EP, entitled Arkansas Heat in May 2002.

The second studio album from Gossip was entitled Movement and was released May 2003, again on Kill Rock Stars. This was followed by a live album, Undead In NYC, on Dim Mak Records.

Just two months after the release of Undead in NYC, Kathy Mendonca left Gossip, in order to pursue a career as a midwife. She was replaced by Hannah Billie.

Hannah's first album appearance came with the release of their breakthrough album Standing In The Way Of Control. Despite having found a degree of underground success, through DIY punk network and the Ladyfest festivals that take place around the world, SITWOC was the album that brought Gossip to mainstream public attention. The album went to the top of the UK independent music chart and the band received a great deal of press in the UK and Europe as well as their native USA, especially in publications such as NME and Plan B. Gossip also appeared on the talk show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross.

The title of the album refers to the Federal Marriage Amendment, which proposed to outlaw same-sex marriages in the USA, under the Bush administration at the time. Beth Ditto has become known for her outspoken opinions regarding her sexuality (she is a lesbian) and body image. A remix of the title track, by Soulwax, was selected to soundtrack the Channel 4 programme Skins.

In 2007, Gossip performed as a part of the 'True Colors Tour', which included Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Rufus Wainwright, The Dresden Dolls and Erasure. The tour was a fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign.

2008 saw Gossip release their Live in Liverpool album, which also features a DVD of the performance.

In 2009, Gossip released Music For Men. The album was produced by Rick Rubin and released by Columbia.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Beth Ditto: 'I Play The Spoons Really Well!'


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The 34-year-old singer is most famous for fronting band Gossip, although she did release a solo EP back in 2011. In a webchat with The Guardian on Thursday (18Feb16), Beth told fans she is hoping to start working on a solo offering in the new future.

"I have plans for a solo record," she said. "It's mostly a lot of harp; I play the spoons really well. And songs like Bobby MCFerrin's Don't Worry Be Happy, but sad."

Beth also cited Gossip's 2003 album Movement as her inspiration for her solo work, adding: "I would love to do something as raw as that was, it was a fun record to make. Hopefully yes, give me some time. It's my favourite Gossip record. Because it was so lo-fi, and it was the first time we had ever written songs - before it was a job."

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Jean Paul Gaultier Taps Beth Ditto For New T-shirt


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The Gossip frontwoman is no stranger to Jean Paul Gaultier designs, having strutted down the French designer's runway during his S/S 11 Paris Fashion Week show. Now though the pair have taken their fashionable friendship one step further, by collaborating on a new version of Gaultier's iconic ballet bra corset.

“Jean-Paul is the most generous, positive person, he truly loves women of all sizes and ages and knows how to make everyone feel gorgeous," Beth gushed in a statement. "I love that this shirt is funny and chic at the same time."

She also spoke about how the venture was a natural one, especially given the designer’s history of casting plus-size models. The tongue-in-cheek design features an oversized black T-shirt as the fashion canvas, with a large print of the famous corset on the front. The back features the other side of the corset, complete with its ribbon fastening where actual adjustable corset laces are strung through the back of the shirt.

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Beth Ditto Legally Weds


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Beth Ditto got married on New Year's Eve (31.12.14).

The Gossip singer and partner Kristin Ogata officially tied the knot in their home state of Oregon last week, 17 months after affirming their union in a non-legally binding ceremony in Maui, Hawaii in July 2013.

Beth posted on Facebook earlier this week: ''Legally married finally, a year later!

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Gossip Drummer Hannah Blilie And Kate Moennig Launch Wildfang

Posted on 22 May 2013

Gossip Drummer Hannah Blilie  And Kate Moennig Launch Wildfang

Beth Ditto Recording With Blondie


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Gossip star Beth Ditto is recording a duet with veteran rockers Blondie.

The band is currently working on a new album, and frontwoman Debbie Harry has revealed she has produced a special duet with Ditto.

She tells British newspaper the Daily Star, "I adore Beth, she's got the most incredible voice."

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Beth Ditto Arrested For Disorderly Conduct


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Gossip singer Beth Ditto has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

The 32-year-old rocker was taken into custody in the early hours of Saturday morning (16.03.13) following a disturbance outside the Bungalo Bar in Portland, Oregon.

Beth - real name Mary Beth Patterson - was detained by officers for being drunk after she left the establishment and threw her shoes in the middle of the road and started shouting out the name of the US President Barack Obama as her friends tried to put her in a car.

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Beth Ditto Arrested


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Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct following a night out in Oregon.

The rocker was held by cops in the early hours of Saturday (16Mar13) after lashing out when she was reportedly denied drink service at Portland's Bungalo Bar over concerns she was too intoxicated.

A source tells local newspaper the Willamette Week that Ditto left the venue and began causing a disturbance on the street by kicking off her shoes and screaming "Obama, Obama!"

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Exit Festival 2012 Final Line Up, New Stages, Fun Activities And More

Posted on 11 July 2012

Exit Festival 2012 Final Line Up, New Stages, Fun Activities And More

Beth Ditto Eager To Create Socially-conscious Clothing Line


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Gossip star Beth Ditto has set her sights on launching a socially-conscious clothing line.

The I Wrote the Book singer twice teamed up with bosses at U.K. retailer Evans to create a plus-size collection for the fashion house in 2009 and 2010.

But Ditto confesses the project didn't go as well as planned - because she hoped the products would be locally-made.

She tells New York Magazine, "I wish there was more control in that line, but there wasn't. It was really fun, but the things that I really wanted couldn't be turned around in time. It was made in India, which caused a lot of conflict for me."

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Mark Ronson Quit Gossip Collaboration After Amy Winehouse's Death


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Mark Ronson walked away from studio sessions with Gossip after the death of his close friend Amy Winehouse last year (11).

The producer was working with Beth Ditto and her band on their latest album, A Joyful Noise, when he learned his Back To Black collaborator had died.

He tells MTV, "It was really strange. It was almost like a turning point. When I found out that Amy passed I was in disbelief. I walked out of the session and I never fully came back."

Ronson admits the singer's passing made him realise his tracks with Gossip lacked the magic he shared with Winehouse.

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Rod Stewart and Gossip Thursday 3rd May 2007 at Beverly Hilton Hotel

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Rod Stewart and Gossip Sunday 4th November 2007

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Rod Stewart and Gossip Friday 21st December 2007

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Rod Stewart and Gossip Thursday 29th November 2007

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Rod Stewart and Gossip Sunday 29th July 2007

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