UPDATE 3/25: Pitchfork reports that the band had been hit by a cease-and-desist order over the name, from L.A. band The Singles, operative since 1999 – something that anyone with even a passing knowledge of indie rock would know, and certainly something that any monkey with a search engine could discover. In a press release the band’s frontman Vincent Frederick explained why they are alleging trademark infringement: “I woke up one morning and learned from the news that our band name was literally just taken by someone else as their own. It’s hard to believe that any musician would do something like that to another band. The Singles has been my life for the past 16 years. We have worked so incredibly hard to make it a success. Our band, The Singles, has an account on nearly all social media sites and our music is available in record shops, on iTunes, SoundCloud, and other websites. Just a simple search on Google would have revealed that ‘The Singles’ was already a band name being used by another pop/rock band – our band.” Of course, Johansson probably has enough dough stashed to make it worth that band’s while to change its name, too….
She’s clearly pumped about all this, as the photo below illustrates. But who’s licking whom?
By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern
My favorite “hot” actress Scarlett Johansson has decided to go “super-pop” as Singles, which would be her, Este Haim, Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris, and Julia Haltigan.The distaff dance outfit calls itself the Singles and the first single is the Dave Sitek-produced “Candy,” due out on Sitek’s own Federal Prism label.
Announced Johansson, “The idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls. I love Grimes. And I love the Bangles. And I love the Go-Go’s. I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke.”
Let us know what the joke is, Scar. Oh wait, you already did: both your duet album with Pete Yorn (2009’s Break Up) and your collection of Tom Waits covers (2008’s Anywhere I Lay My Head) were real knee-slappers. And that’s no joke.
Apparently the song, which you can listen to HERE, will be available as a limited edition 12″, which the Federal Prism site informs us amid at least one notable misspelling (plus a glaring grammatical gaffe):
“Limited to 1,000 copies, this 12” single features the debut track from The Singles, ‘Candy’, with remixes on the B-Side. The Singles is a band comprised of Scarlett Johannson, Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris and Julia Haltigan, with Este Haim as a studio “hired gun” on drums. The music was recorded at the Federal Prism Studio and produced by Dave Sitek.”