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by The Pussycat Dolls

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There's a kind of beautifully perverse brilliance to the Pussycat Dolls. Not only are they a sextet who got their start as neo-burlesque dancers in Los Angeles, but they make no bones about being a gleefully manufactured dance-pop act. Open the booklet for their 2005 debut, PCD, and their artificiality is made clear: the first page reads "All lead and…  See more details below


There's a kind of beautifully perverse brilliance to the Pussycat Dolls. Not only are they a sextet who got their start as neo-burlesque dancers in Los Angeles, but they make no bones about being a gleefully manufactured dance-pop act. Open the booklet for their 2005 debut, PCD, and their artificiality is made clear: the first page reads "All lead and background vocals by Nicole Scherzinger", a former member of Eden's Crush, the failed prefab teen pop group assembled on the WB's pre-American Idol reality music show Popstars. There is no pretense that Kimberly, Carmit, Ashley, Melody, and Jessica are there for anything besides filling out the illusion that this is a real performing musical group and providing some serious eye candy for a group that is all about the visuals. The great thing about PCD is that the producers and songwriters behind the album -- and, since this is a big-budget urban dance-pop album in the mid-2000s, there are many credited writers and producers -- are eager to play with the Pussycat Dolls' hyper-sexual image, creating a sleek, sexy sound ideal for both nightclubs and strip joints across this great land. And, at least at first, the songs are about how irresistibly sexy the Pussycat Dolls are, starting with the genius hit single "Don't Cha," where Nicole and the rest of the Pussycats strut around, taunting a hapless man with such come-ons as "Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me/Don't cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me." There has never been a sex song quite as knowingly ironic yet undeniably sexy as this, and for a while the album keeps the momentum up, first with will.i.am's "Beep," a rewrite of Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps," except this is funny, not embarrassing, and since Nicole is sexier than the Peas' Fergie, it's also sultrier. Timbaland's "Wait a Minute" is in the same vein and, for a brief moment, it seems like PCD will be that rare thing: a mainstream club/dance album devoted to nothing but dance songs. Then, reality comes crashing in with the fourth song, "Stickwitu," the inevitable romantic slow jam whose sappiness undercuts the joyous carnal celebration of the first three songs. Although the rest of the album has more dance tunes than ballads -- and some catchy ones, too, like Beyoncé-styled "I Don't Need a Man" -- the album never quite recovers, since the fantasy of a girl group that's only it for the sex, not love, has been ruined. Since that fantasy is the very reason the Pussycat Dolls exist as either a dance troupe or a pop group, it's a bit of a disappointment, but PCD is still worthwhile because there enough good cuts to make it a fun soundtrack to parties or strip clubs, even if there aren't quite enough to make this the camp classic that the beginning of the album suggests it could have been.

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Performance Credits

Pussycat Dolls   Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Violin
Alex Al   Bass
Charlie Bisharat   Violin,Electric Violin
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Ron Fair   Organ,Harmonica,Piano,Conductor,Glockenspiel,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Brandon Fields   Woodwind
Armen Garabedian   Violin
John Goux   Guitar
Endre Granat   Violin
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Horn
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Ray Herrmann   Saxophone
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Horn
Dan Higgins   Horn,Woodwind
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Nick Lane   Trombone
Bill Liston   Woodwind
David Low   Cello
Andy Martin   Trombone,Trumpet
Robin Olson   Violin
Simon Oswell   Viola
Bruce Otto   Trombone
Joel Peskin   Woodwind
Katia Popov   Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Frank Wolf   Horn Engineer
Suzie Katayama   Cello
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Horn
Tim Carmon   Organ
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Larry Hall   Trombone,Trumpet
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Bill Churchville   Trumpet
Darrin McCann   Viola
Sara Parkins   Violin
Carmit Bachar   Vocals,Background Vocals
Roberto Cani   Violin
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Tal Herzberg   Bass
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Samuel Formicola   Viola
Nicole Scherzinger   Vocals,Background Vocals
Alyssa Park   Violin
Songa Lee   Violin
Larry E. Williams   Woodwind
Melody Thornton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Cori Jacobs   fender rhodes
Angel City Horns   Track Performer
PCD Orchestra   Strings
Ashley Roberts   Background Vocals
Jessica Sutta   Background Vocals
Kimberly Wyatt   Background Vocals
Bob Zimmitti   Timpani
Chris Tedesco   Trumpet
Phillip Levy   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola

Technical Credits

Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Siobhan Fahey   Producer
Ron Fair   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Vocal Producer,String Conductor
Brian Gardner   Mastering
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Kelly Holland   Composer
Jimmy Iovine   Executive Producer
D. Warren   Composer
Timbaland   Producer
Cee Lo Green   Producer
Andy Chatterly   Arranger
Tim Mosley   Composer
will.i.am   Producer
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer,Digital Editing
Scotty Beats   Engineer
Michelle Thomas   Artist Development
J.D. Andrew   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Robert D. Palmer   drum programming
Rich Harrison   Programming,Producer
Tal Herzberg   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Digital Editing
Nicole Scherzinger   Vocal Arrangements
S. Garrett   Composer
Ethan Mates   Engineer
T. Calloway   Composer
Keri Hilson   Composer,Vocal Producer
Michael Eleopoulos   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Robin Antin   Executive Producer
Sean Garrett   Producer
Tyler Coombes   Programming
Steven Gallifent   Producer,Engineer
Young Smoke   Producer
"Angry" Mike Eleopoulos   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Andy Chatterley   Arranger
Chris Tedesco   Horn Conductor
Polow da Don   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Marcella Araica   Engineer

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PCD 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this group is the worst of the worst this group is a disgrace i never liked pcd to begin with i heard samples of their songs i can just tell they are not orginial they are only in it for the money not the fans if you want to see a band that is more orginial than pcd than look no further guns n roses debuted in the 80s with their first studio album the album sold tons of units very quickly and very fast and axel rose is still in the band till this day and yes axel rose is still the only orginial member in the band guns n roses blows pcd out of the water anytime anyday
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In the tradion of sex pop, the "Pussycat Doll" take after such sexy pop icons such as "Vanity 6" and "Apollonia". The surprising thing is that these ladies can actually sing and well enough that it's pleasing to the ear. This versitile dance/singing group should be able to hold their own among the manufactured pop groups of today, maybe even do better than those before them. The self titled "PCD" album is actually pretty descent. It's worth the listen, even worth buying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love their songs so much.I mean the song Stick wit u is a really good song I love that song so much. There a really good group..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I like "Don't Cha" I really belive this CD will be going on BN'S discount rack very soon. The rest of the music isn't that great. Don't buy this stuff, just bootleg it somewhere if you have to listen to this stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Stickwitu" is the most generic pop song I've ever heard, and "Don't Cha" is so annoying! And way to ruin Tainted Love! Also, why six band members that do nothing?
Guest More than 1 year ago
With the exception of the catchy first song, the rest of the album is garbage. Synthesizers, voice-overs and extremely dull lyrics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the pussycat dolls so much.My mom bought me there cd.I love all the songs on the cd. I love watching there music videos on tv
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do not waste your money on this album. After hearing the song "Don't Cha" on the radio I thought they were a pretty cool group. And with their second song "Stickwitu", I liked them. But after a while, their songs got really annoying. Other groups like Fall Out Boy or Coldplay, or other singers, you could listen to their CD over and over. You just can't do it with this CD. And the other six members don't really even sing or stand out. They mostly sing back-up. I'm surprised they haven't wanted to be more involved or quit or something. I guess fame and fortune is really the most important thing to people. Bottom line: "Don't cha wish you hadn't gotten this CD" I do. I want a refund.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this album it's great but it's not as good as i thought it would be...Some the songs on here like Don't Cha,SticWitU,and beep get old after so long.but some songs that will be worth your while i would say are Buttons,I Don't Want a man,Hot Stuff,and Wait a Sec.This album is for sure not going to make it on it's own.at least not without it's ditzy,14 year old,former Brittany Spears fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is good, but not awesome... There are some fantastic songs such as: Beep (No 1!!!), Wait a minute, Stick with u, I don't need a man. Don't cha is good, but it gets boring after some time, Buttons didn't impress me much, and Tainted love is awfull!!! It's not a bad album though...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that the PussyCat Dolls have become my new favorite group, other than Fatty Koo. I love all of their songs, especially Buttons. That song is so exotic and sexy. I could listen to it over and over. I don't know about anyone else, but I plan to keep on cheering for PCD. Give 'em five stars all the way :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Pussycat Dolls ever since i heard Don't Cha. This is a great Cd to have
Guest More than 1 year ago
okay the first time i knew about the pussycat dolls was when they were in singapore for an awards show and they were blah i guess. they look totally skanky and stuff. and then two years later i heard don't cha on radio and i totally love it! this cd is worth every cent of ur money cuz they have great party songs, chillout songs, girl power songs, and i-love-you song. i'll give u a complete list okay. my fave chillout song would be feelin good. and i like that the dolls sang in a cabaret-ish kinda way. i wish they have the song 'big spender' here. and the i-love-u song is of course stickwitu. girl-power/party songs: -dont cha -beep -i dont need a man -wait a minute -flirt
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good CD...not as good as i had hoped for. I wish there were more songs on the cd like don't cha!
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