Retro glamour! Long, shimmery dresses perfect for sashaying across a stage. Long white gloves. Artfully wavy hair, à la 1940s. And of course, red lipstick, sky high heels, and... three-part harmony!
Yes! It's the Puppini Sisters! Not really sisters, but that's okay.
Imagine a little band of perfectly matched voices singing songs from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and um, also Beyoncé... in the style of the Andrews Sisters.
Okay, don't imagine. Listen. Here's Mr. Sandman, one of my favorites:
I love those cheerful little bop-doo-wops sprinkled through the song like technicolor bubbles. Not a care in the world! Their music is like a fluorescent lollipop, but what keeps it from getting cloying is the fact that you can sense the humor lurking just beneath the surface, as if they are winking at you all the way through the song, saying, "We're just having fun here! Take a tour of pop culture with us!"
Speeding ahead a few decades, here's their cover of Blondie's Heart of Glass:
I'm sorry, but how could you not love that? It's awesome. The original is such a jaded, resigned song -- "Once I had love, but it was a gas... soon turned out, he had a heart of glass. Oo-ooh who-oaahh..." But when the Puppini Sisters sing it, the rejected lover is almost skipping away, laughing at the whole scenario. Ha ha! Oh well! Look how that turned out. On to the next adventure! Life is too fun to mope over such silly things. Let's sashay away, shall we? Let's go shopping!
Speaking of shopping, the Puppini Sisters are also fun because of their connection to Vivienne Westwood, where Marcella Puppini worked before she had the great idea of starting up a trio of singers. That's why their outfits are so much fun. They really go all out for their performances. Bring on the sequins! Lots of 'em!
If they came to Xalapa or even to Veracruz or Puebla, I would go see them in a heartbeat. But for now, I'll have to be content with the 53 songs I downloaded on iTunes.
And in case you were wondering, here is their jazzed up rendition of that Beyoncé song, Crazy in Love: