Sisters Gonna Work It Out

In honor of the new album by the Haim sisters, three, or is it four, . . .

. . . here are some other rock sister acts:

Carnie Wilson, who played the Haims’ mother in the above sketch, and her sister Wendy are the Wilsons of Wilson Phillips, . . .

. . . no relation to Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart:

The Shaggs were (are?) Dot, Betty, Helen and soon Rachel Wiggin:

Before becoming one of the few female classic glam rockers (and Leather Tuscadero on Happy Days), Suzi Quatro was one of The Pleasure Seekers with her sisters Patti, Arlene and Nancy:

They were soon followed by June and Jean Millington in Fanny, who now label themselves the “Godmothers of Chick Rock”:

When June later left the band, she was replaced by Patti Quatro.

Ex-Pixie Kim Deal recruited her twin sister Kelley when a slot opened in The Breeders:

Australians Lisa and Jessica Origliasso are also twins and play trashy pop-rock as The Veronicas:

The Pierces, Allison and Catherine, have got a “Secret”:

There are also folkier sister acts like The Roches and Kate and Anna McGarrigle, as well as The Simon Sisters, Carly and Lucy:

Mimi Farina and her sister Joan Baez also sang together at times.

In R & B, there are The Staple Singers, The Pointer Sisters and, of course, Sister Sledge:

And before them all, there were pop and jazz singers like The Boswell Sisters, The Andrews Sisters, . . .

. . . The McGuire Sisters and The Lennon Sisters, all inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

But not all sister stories end happily ever after.

At first, Alejandra and Claudia Deheza were quite harmonious in School of Seven Bells, . . .

. . . but Claudia left the neo-shoegaze band after their second album.

The official story is that ESG stands for Emerald, Sapphire  and Gold, the birth stones of Valerie and Renee, and the metal they hoped to earn. Along with Deborah, they were the Enterprising Scroggins Sisters. Their own recordings may not have sold very many copies, but they were heavily sampled — WhoSampled currently lists 480 songs that have sampled ESG’s “UFO” . . .

. . . — so often that they titled one EP “Sample Credits Don’t Pay Our Bills!“:

Estranged sister Deborah is now suing Valerie, Universal Music Group, ASCAP and Fire Records over unpaid royalties.


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