One of the rare instances where the group actually wore clothes.
Describe Pussycat Dolls here.
Pedicure, manicure, kitty cat claws
The way she climbs up and down them poles
Lookin' like one of them puddy cat dolls
Why, when Google Images can do all the talking?
Pussycat Dolls are a pop
/ R&B Girl Group
who originally began as a burlesque dance troupe back in The Nineties
. At the Turn of the Millennium
, the troupe began foraying into glamour magazines and making a name for themselves in the eyes of the public. After shuffling their members and recruiting Nicole Scherzinger (formerly of the Popstars
-created group "Eden's Crush"), pop music was next on the agenda, and after launching themselves with the mega-successful single "Don't Cha" their debut album PCD
was released in 2005. Another album, Doll Domination
, followed in 2008 in spite of the group losing Fiery Redhead
With the release of their music came much controversy, as terrified parents and Media Watchdogs
caused a scene over their explicit outfits, dance moves and song lyrics. What really
set them off, though, was the fact that in some instances the Dolls were marketed to girls as young as six
. The group were even about to release a line of dolls targeting that age group when various parental organisations caused an outcry, causing them to be shelved. Though other popstars such as Britney Spears
and Christina Aguilera
had donned Hotter and Sexier
images which pushed the boundaries of taste before, Pussycat Dolls were pretty much the Trope Codifier
in making overtly sexual pop with an image to match.
The group also became involved with some internal politics which spawned numerous, ahem, catfights
. After Carmit left the group, there was a television series devoted to finding the next "doll", however the winner opted to embark on a solo career just weeks after her victory. There was also much squabbling over Nicole Scherzinger being the Face of the Band
, and in response to this, each Doll got her own solo track on the deluxe edition of Doll Domination
It was all too much though, and by early 2010, the group imploded. Nicole had been wanting to embark on her own
solo career, and her album became stuck in Development Hell
. She finally released one in 2010, but it was to mild success. She did, however, become a (temporary) judge and mentor on both the US and UK version of X Factor
and is credited with bringing together One Direction
It's been reported that the Pussycat Dolls will return in 2013, but with an all-new lineup
- PCD (2005)
- Doll Domination (2008)
Pussycat Dolls display examples of:
- A Day in the Limelight: Each doll gets her own solo on Doll Domination:
- Jessica Sutta - "If I Was a Man"
- Melody Thornton - "Space"
- Kimberly Wyatt - "Don't Want to Fall In Love"
- Nicole Scherzinger - "Until U Love U"
- Ashley Roberts - "Played"
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Doll Domination.
- All Men Are Perverts: "Beep".
- Bare Your Midriff
- Biker Babes: On the Doll Domination artwork.
- Breakup Breakout: Nicole Scherzinger achieved some solo success throughout the UK and Europe. Jessica Sutta also scored a number-one Billboard Dance hit with "Show Me".
- Breakup Song: "I Hate This Part", "Hush Hush", "Happily Never After" and others. The first two are widely considered to be surprisingly gentle songs for them, along with "Stickwitu".
- Call-and-Response Song: Nicole and Timbaland in "Wait a Minute", Nicole and will.i.am in "Beep".
- Cover Version: They perform covers a lot, and said covers actually take up half of PCD's tracklisting. Even their debut single and biggest hit, "Don't Cha", is a cover of a Tori Alamaze song released in 2004. Some of their other covers include "Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps", "Tainted Love"/"Where Did Our Love Go", "Right Now", "Sway", "Feelin' Good" and "We Went as Far as We Felt Like Going". Their "cover" of Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" is practically In Name Only as it interpolates the chorus with new lyrics.
- Dancing On A Bus: "Wait a Minute" begins with the Dolls dancing on a subway train and "When I Grow Up" features the group dancing on the roofs of cars.
- Dramatic Wind: In the "I Hate This Part" video.
- Genre Roulette: Played with pop, dance, R&B, world music and even jazz.
- Gold Digger: PCD make it rather explicit what they really want from Timbaland in "Wait a Minute".
- Heroic RROD: Nicole Scherzinger had one early in her tenure, due to her insecurities when posing in skimpy clothing.
- In Da Club: "Out of This Club" (funnily enough).
- Intercourse with You: Oh boy. They don't even try hiding this trope in their music. "Buttons", "Beep", "Bottle Pop" (which is apparently meant to be a Double Entendre but comes off as more a single entendre), "Don't Cha"...
- Loads and Loads of Characters: As the group reboot suggests, there are loads of people who were in the group, both in its burlesque and musical incarnations. It can even be credited with launching the careers of Christina Applegate and Carmen Electra back in the 1990s.
- Ms. Fanservice: Let's face it - they're not really marketed to the crowd that actually listen to music.
- Misandry Song: I Don't Need A Man counts.
- Rearrange the Song: The original version of "Hush Hush" is a slow, mournful-sounding ballad. The single mix/radio version starts off in the same vein as the original, but soon kicks into an upbeat disco stomper.
- Rockstar Song: "When I Grow Up".
- Sampling: The radio version of "Hush Hush" contains a sample of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive".
- Self Empowerment Anthem: "I Don't Need a Man".
- She's Got Legs: And they're not afraid to show them.
- Silly Love Songs: PCD get uncharacteristically mushy in "Stickwitu".
- Sound Effect Bleep: Used many times on "Beep".
- Stripperific: The reigning queens of this trope. Rihanna ain't got nothing on them.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: "Wait a Minute" is essentially three minutes of "Oh no Timbaland, I'm not interested in your fancy cars, your jewellery, your property or your vast wealth at all."
- Three Minutes of Writhing
- Translated Cover Version: "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" from the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack. Although "translated" is putting it very loosely...
- Updated Rerelease: Doll Domination got two. One as a Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition and the other as an EP.
- A Wild Rapper Appears: Busta Rhymes in "Don't Cha", will.i.am in "Beep", Snoop Dogg in "Bottle Pop" and Missy Elliot in "Whatcha Think About That".
- What Could Have Been: Carmen Electra was approached to be a member of the musical group, but declined due to scheduling conflicts.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: "Until U Love U", "Stickwitu", "Don't Cha", "Whatcha Think About That".
- Your Cheating Heart: "How Many Times, How Many Lies", "Whatcha Think About That".