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Music: Carpenters

Every sha-la-la-la, every whoa-whoa, still shines...

Carpenters (absolutely not "The Carpenters") was a brother-and-sister pop duo, Karen and Richard Carpenter. Karen started out as the drummer but was gradually phased off the instrument once it became clear she had a superlative singing voice; Richard wrote the material, played piano and provided backing vocals.

They were active from 1969 to 1983, in which Karen died. During this time, they were prolific. They had numerous hits, only a few of which are commonly known to people who weren't there in The Seventies. Hits include "Close to You," "Sing," "Yesterday Once More," "We've Only Just Begun," and "Superstar."


  • Downer Ending: Karen's death from Anorexia Nervosa at 32, but it actually opened up awareness of the disease.
  • Hating On Monday: "Rainy Days and Mondays"
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: After Karen broke up with him, songwriter Tom Bahler wrote what would eventually become a Michael Jackson hit, "She's Out Of My Life."
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: a major component of their fame. Most of their singles involve Richard and Karen overdubbed numerous times on backing vocals, often using chords most rock bands have never even heard of.
  • Shave And A Hair Cut: At the end of "Piano Picker".
  • Silly Love Songs: another major selling point.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": A notable aversion.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Karen Carpenter is often portrayed this way.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: In the song "I Believe You". The first time you hear what appears to be the final verse that slows down and stops a bit, you think it's over but then, BAM! A repeat of the bridge and the final verse again, this time once more.
    • Same with the version of "(They Long to Be) Close to You" as heard on iTunes Radio- after they say "Close to You" one last time, the song plays out slowly to end and you thought it's over, until BAM! the last few verses of the song plays again until fade.

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alternative title(s): Carpenters; The Carpenters
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