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?
The Pussycat Dolls were 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 (according to her interview on Behind the Music,
she wanted this before
joining the Dolls. She originally had no desire to be in another group, but realized these auditions were being held by some very powerful people, realized it was a rare opportunity to be in front of them, and just kind of fell into it,) 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 was originally reported that the Pussycat Dolls would return in 2013, but with an all-new lineup
(which included former members of Paradiso Girls
and Girlicious), but Robin Anton announced that the new group would not
be using the Pussycat Dolls name, but instead be named "G.R.L◊
", and consist of Lauren Bennett (former Paradiso Girls
member), Paula van Oppen (former Top 20 contestant from So You Think You Can Dance
), Natasha Slayton (daughter of comedian Bobby Slayton), Simone Battle (finalist on the first season of The X Factor
) and Emmalyn Estrada
. Their first single "Vacation" appeared on The Smurfs
2 soundtrack, and reached #97 on the South Korean music charts. They would later be featured on PitBull
's track "Wild Wild Love", which broke into the top 50 on several music charts
and was certified platinum.
Their first album was due out some time in 2014, but things were postponed after Simone tragically committed suicide at the age of 25
. The group released the song "Lighthouse" in early 2015 and dedicated it to her memory.
- PCD (2005)
- Doll Domination (2008)
- G.R.L. (EP) (2014)
Pussycat Dolls display examples of:
- 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".
- Canada, Eh?: Emmalyn Estrada is from Surrey, British Columbia.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Paula.
- 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.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Paula Van Oppen (originally a brunette).
- 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"
- Dramatic Wind: In the "I Hate This Part" video.
- Determinator: Paula Van Oppen. She dropped out of high school to focus on dance, and when people thought she wasn't good enough, she worked her ass off, appeared on So You Think You Can Dance (and then bowed out to appear in Burlesque), and then went on to appear in commercials, music videos, and on stage with Usher, Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, and Lady Gaga.
- 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.
- Simone would later have one due to her fears that the group would never be famous, and unfortunately unlike Nicole, she didn't recover and tragically took her own life.
- 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.
- Mondegreen: The lyric "I wanna have groupies" from "When I Grow Up" is often misheard as "I wanna have boobies", which wouldn't be out of character for the group
- 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 Re-release: 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 the remix version of "Buttons"), and Missy Elliot in "Whatcha Think About That".
- 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".