Woof Guide to Obscure Catholic Music: Wimple

Woof Guide to Obscure Catholic Music: Wimple October 2, 2013

The girl group Wimple emerged on the Seattle music scene in the early 1990’s with a not particularly infectious blend of pop standards, show tunes, and contemporary worship music. Although the band performed live in full habit, wimple and all, it was never clear whether or not the members were actually Catholic sisters, as they refused all interviews and never gave their personal names. They released two albums, the self-titled Wimple in 1989 and a follow-on, Roses and Thorns, in 1990, neither of which reached even the local charts, after which the band vanished from local venues.

They reappeared in 1993 with a new name, Dirty Wimple, and a harder-edged pseudo-grunge sound which proved more popular with Seattle club-goers. Two new singles, “Smells Like Clean Habit” and “The Man Who Solved a Problem Like Maria”, were starting to gain some traction on local stations when the band cancelled all future performances and vanished for good. All attempts to trace them to area convents failed. Rumors persist, however, with some claiming that the band members came from the Monastery of St. Cecilia in Tacoma, the motherhouse of the Little Sisters of Chromatic Harmony.

When approached about the band’s sudden disappearance, the office of the Archbishop of Seattle had no comment.

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