->''"Oh, the rich people want what the poor people's got''\\
''And the poor people want what the rich people's got''\\
''And the skinny people want what the fat people's got''\\
''And the fat people want what the skinny people's got''\\
''You can never please anybody in this world!"''

[[caption-width-right:350:AchievementsInIgnorance personified.]]
The mother of a young Austin Wiggin Jr. had three visions. 1) he would marry a strawberry blonde woman, 2) that he would have two sons after she passed away, and 3) that his daughters would one day form a pop group. The first two came true. A determined Austin set out to make that third vision a reality.

He withdrew his daughters, Helen, Dorothy, Betty & Rachel, from school, bought them instruments and set them up with music and voice lessons, and had the girls practice playing their instruments for a good five years straight. Austin went so far as to book them to play on Saturday nights at the Fremont, New Hampshire Town Hall, but their ineptitude at playing only resulted in the other kids picking on them. Undeterred, Austin booked a single day at the Fleetwood Recordings studio, where it became abundantly clear to the befuddled engineer that the girls weren't ready to record. Austin reportedly replied "I want to get them while they're hot." The end result, such as it is, was named ''Philosophy Of The World.''

The Shaggs had [[SoBadItsGood an unusual approach]] at making pop music. Not only did their instruments sound blatantly out of tune, but their limited ability caused each member's individual performance to seemingly follow its own time signature. Each individual note matched up to every syllable they sang, and, in general, it all added up to what the average person would hear as a lot of disorganized sound. Despite all this, the band have developed [[CultClassic a small cult following]] as well as some good reviews over the years (amongst them being no less than Lester Bangs, Music/KurtCobain and Music/FrankZappa), with many praising the honesty and humanism of their lyrical content. Nowadays they are seen as a prime example of OutsiderMusic.

The band did have a second recording session in 1975, where, amongst other songs, they did [[CoveredUp a cover of]] "Yesterday Once More" by the Music/{{Carpenters}}. The sessions never materialized into a full album, as the sessions - and the band itself - were aborted after [[DownerEnding Austin Wiggin passed away from a heart attack.]]

Helen, the drummer, took her own life in 2006. An off-Broadway musical about their life was created and ran in in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity in the early 2010s. Dot Wiggin released a solo album on [[Music/DeadKennedys Jello Biafra]]'s Alternative Tentacles label in 2013.

In 2017, it was announced that the surviving members of the Shaggs - Dot, Berry and Rachel - would [[http://www.nme.com/news/music/one-kurt-cobain-favourite-bands-the-shaggs-reunite-1979663 reunite]] at Music/{{Wilco}}'s Solid Sound Festival.

[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shaggs They have not gone unnoticed]] by Wiki/ThatOtherWiki.
!!Tropes featured in their careers & music include:
* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: Numerous examples as the girls tried to fit the words to the (already awkward) rhythms. For instance "I don't know what to do" in 'I'm So Happy When You're Near'.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: They became cult successes, in spite of their alarming inability to play or sing.
* {{Adorkable}}: Their lack of skill becomes sort of charming after a while.
* AlbumTitleDrop: "Philosophy of the World" is the name of both the album, and the very first song.
* BandOfRelatives: All sisters, managed by their father.
* ConMan: The man Austin hired to press 1000 copies of ''World'' reportedly took 900 copies along with the money and ran, hence why original pressings are obscenely expensive.
* ContemplateOurNavels: Songs like "I Wonder" and "Philosophy of the World" are quite possibly the most {{Adorkable}} versions of this trope.
* CoverVersion: Of [[Music/{{Carpenters}} the Carpenters]]' "Yesterday Once More." By the time this was recorded, they could keep together reasonably well, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BkUFmjz-Ek it was still unmistakably the Shaggs.]]
* DownerEnding: [[DoubleSubverted Double Subverted]]. They failed to achieve mainstream success, Austin died in 1975 and the band disbanded shortly after. Years later, they were VindicatedByHistory through cult and OutsiderMusic aficionados and played a few reunion shows in 1999, then Helen [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]] in 2006.
* DreadfulMusician: Though they ''slowly'' developed a rudimentary sense of instrumentation, synchonization and playing in time.
* EstablishingSeriesMoment: Put off by "Philosophy of the World"s flat sing-speak vocals and hopelessly amateurish instrumentation? Well get ready for ''eleven more tracks'' of it.
* GiftedlyBad: At least in Austin's mind.
* GoodParents: "Who Are Parents?" is a sweet song about love for your parents and how they take care of you. [[{{Irony}} Despite the fact that the Shaggs' father was a naïve, demanding and overprotective dad.]]
** There are suspicions that their father wrote the lyrics to this song himself and made them record it, which would make it [[HarsherInHindsight Harsher]] or HilariousInHindsight depending on your view.
* HalloweenEpisode: The subject of "It's Halloween", with its hilarious line "Why, even Dracula will be there".
* HaveAGayOldTime: "Why Do I Feel" is even more hilarious with this in mind.
-->"Sometimes I worry over nothing at all\\
Sometimes I think life's just a ball \\
When life changes and turns the other way\\
I try to think of something gay"
* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: 1.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Uh...''ostensibly'' they're a 2.
* OutsiderMusic: Defines this as well as anyone else.
* ThePerfectionist: [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Believe it or not]], while recording, the band had a tendency to stop recording over perceived errors.
* ShaggyDogStory: IncrediblyLamePun aside, this is subverted somewhat. [[BittersweetEnding The band failed to achieve mainstream success like Austin thought, but they're appreciated in cult and outsider music circles.]]
* SillyLoveSongs
* StageDad: The only reason this group existed.
* StudioChatter: The beginning of "We Have A Savior" where the engineer says "Take 2" in an almost defeated tone.
* ThatPoorCat: The song "My Pal Foot Foot" describes how the girls search for their lost cat, Foot Foot.
* UncommonTime: In every single one of their songs... ''accidentally''.
* VocalTagTeam: Dot and Betty, in all their monotonal glory.