Over the course of nearly two decades, the Gossip evolved from a stripped-down punk trio to a band capable of reworking disco, pop, and R&B in ways that felt fresh and genuine -- and made an icon out of lead singer Beth Ditto in the process. Originally from Searcy, Arkansas, Ditto, guitarist Nathan Howdeshell (aka Brace Paine), and drummer Kathy Mendonça moved to Olympia, Washington and formed the band in 1999. That year, they released a self-titled 7" on K Records, while their full-length debut, That's Not What I Heard, was distributed by Kill Rock Stars in late 2000. The Gossip were highly visible due to their exposure in magazines like Out and The Advocate, becoming icons in the gay and lesbian indie rock community. After touring with the White Stripes and Sleater-Kinney, they went back to the studio to record a follow-up, 2002's ...
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