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“Ready! Get! Go!” is brand new recordings of unreleased Shaggs songs and new classics written by Dot Wiggin and her band!

The Shaggs’ “Philosophy of the World” quietly debuted 44 years ago and eventually became the crown jewel for outsider music fans because of its charming and discordant pop songs. Now, the Shaggs’ singer and songwriter, Dot Wiggin is back to break the silence and share her uncommonly cute, uncanny music on her 1st ever solo album! Frank Zappa said the Shaggs were “better than the Beatles” and Kurt Cobain regarded them as “so obviously the real thing.”

The Dot Wiggin Band retains some Shaggs-ish character, without missing a beat or trying to recreate what once was. The band is better at their instruments than Dot’s sisters were but retain the original crude allure that made the Shaggs so special. This record varies from raw punkish indie to pretty virginal melodies.

Dot’s whimsical lyrics are simple but haunting, without ever becoming formulaic or gimmicky. Her peculiar, sweet voice rolls along the different musical styles surprisingly well, tying “Ready! Get! Go!” together. It is exactly what one wants to hear after a 44 year musical hiatus – something reminiscent of the Shaggs, but refreshingly matured.

The CD & LP come with liner notes by Dot Wiggin herself as well as bandmate Jesse Krakow, along with photos, flyers, and lyrics so you can sing along around the campfire. The unforgettable front and back covers are by Jad Fair!

It may have been 44 years since Dot’s last record but 2013 will be the year of Dot Wiggin!