It doesn’t matter if you turn on your radio or flip on your TV — these days all you’re hearing about is the buzz surrounding Las Vegas native burlesque troupe turned sexy female music group – The Pussycat Dolls and their hit song, “Don’t Cha”. In fact, you can’t even shop at your local favorite t-shirt shop without being tempted to purchase that super-cute “Don’t Cha Wish Your Girlfriend Was Hot like Me” baby-doll t-shirt.
FROM A TROUPE TO A GROUP
Okay, so now that we’ve discussed what you already know, let me tell you a little bit more about the ladies of PCD and how they came together to pick up where the Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child left off… in being the hottest female music group on the scene that is. The story of the Pussycat Dolls started with one woman, the mastermind behind the troupe – Robin Antin who began exploring ideas on creating a modernized burlesque troupe with her childhood friend and actress, Christina Applegate. It started in the early 90’s when the two ladies formed a group of beautiful and talented young women who would perform with guest vocalist using their 1950’s pop sound; while sporting lacey costumes that were made up of scandalous lingerie or 1940’s inspired pin-up girl digs and put on shows at infamous Los Angeles nightclub, The Viper Room which was previously owned by Johnny Depp.
After playing the Hollywood hot-spot for seven years, the troupe moved onto The Roxy club where they gained international popularity and were featured in everything from print ads, magazine spreads in Playboy, MTV and VH1 specials – even a performance in the 2002 film, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle alongside actresses Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore. One of their next appearances included backing pop-singer, Pink in her 2003 music video for “Trouble” where the ladies dressed up as town bar-maids.
In early 2003 major music producer Jimmy Iovine and the chairman of Geffen Records, Ron Fair took interest in creating a pop group centered around the Dolls. After auditioning thousands of talented young women, Jessica Sutta, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Melody Thorton, and Nicole Scherzinger (formerly of pop-group Eden’s Crush) were cast along with troupe performer Carmit Bachar.
DON’T CHA BABY
In 2004 the new Dolls began recording their debut album and released a music video for their first single, “Sway”, a song that was featured in the 2004 Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere film Shall We Dance?. The song failed to gain radio buzz so they moved onto the next step in their journey with their single, “Don’t Cha” featuring rapper, Busta Rhymes, which became an instant summer smash this year with reaching the number #1 spot in various countries and peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Sporting their PCD pride from head-to-toe with their logo and names etched on their shirts, pants and belt buckles, the girls went on to perform on various late-night talk shows, MTV specials and radio shows around the United States.
With the music group taking off, the LA live Pussycat Doll burlesque show moved onto Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas strip. On occasion you will even get to see a performance from the new Pussycat Dolls… but, please don’t plan your trip around it. “We have a group of dancers who pay homage to where the show came from, The Viper Room, and they do the shows nightly,” Nicole explains, “We make special appearances, but we always tell people not to expect us there.”
Their album, PCD dropped in the early Fall and it practically flew off the shelves. The record has a unique taste of a Pop/R&B sound mixed with the 1940’s themed show tunes the troupe has been known for performing in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
While the rest of the group mainly sings back-up, lead vocalist, Nicole’s fiery voice captures each song. After the success of “Don’t Cha”, the Dolls released the mid-temp “Stickwitu” which better displays Nicole’s soulful range. Rising on the charts everyday, the Dolls are going to dominate the pop industry. With their unique style, sexy sounds and feisty girl power, we see the ladies sticking around for many years to come. There’s currently a concert tour in the works, we advise you to make it out to a show or two, bring some girl friends and have a party… and don’t forget your “Don’t Cha” shirt.
– Courtney Justice, Nov/Dec 2005